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Bird's nests are works of art, often hidden in plain sight

Bird's nests are works of art, often hidden in plain sight

As the leaves fall, the nests appear as if on display like exhibits in a museum; Each species has its own nest style, says outdoors columnist
Complex, hidden, mysterious systems help keep trees ever green

Complex, hidden, mysterious systems help keep trees ever green

Believe it or not, a tough day for a conifer is a winter's day full of sunshine and warmth, notes outdoors columnist
It's not easy being a hardwood tree in the winter months

It's not easy being a hardwood tree in the winter months

Trees must accumulate enough water to not only produce leaves, flowers and fruit, but also retain internal reservoirs to get through winter, notes outdoors columnist
Wye Marsh executive remembered as an inspirational leader

Wye Marsh executive remembered as an inspirational leader

Naturalists the world over are mourning the loss of former Wye Marsh director who led with grace and honour, says outdoors columnist
What is at the root of those haunting noises in the wild?

What is at the root of those haunting noises in the wild?

Is it a wild dog, a belligerent fox or a soprano-voiced coyote? Outdoors columnist employs trail camera but can't quite pinpoint source of sound
Grouse, flying fast and reckless in the fall, are preparing for winter

Grouse, flying fast and reckless in the fall, are preparing for winter

Our outdoors columnist said grouse often fly off track as they become overcome with a desire to fly
Each mushroom tells its own tale ... if you know what to look for

Each mushroom tells its own tale ... if you know what to look for

It's mushroom season and our outdoors columnist has everything you need to know about these whacky, colourful fungi
This caterpillar is pretty ... pretty toxic! Be careful, outdoors lovers

This caterpillar is pretty ... pretty toxic! Be careful, outdoors lovers

Perhaps the saying 'look it up before you pick it up' is the best advice for dealing with these spiny crawlers, says outdoors columnist
Healthy crop of nuts, acorns is vital to some of our wildlife species

Healthy crop of nuts, acorns is vital to some of our wildlife species

'Mast' production, impacted by weather and pesky insects, influences the behaviour of deer, bear, squirrels, turkeys and others
Lurking in the meadows, the praying mantis is preying for food

Lurking in the meadows, the praying mantis is preying for food

Our outdoors columnist reveals everything you need to know about this unique critter often found flourishing in the fall