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Woodpecker's percussion skills eliminate need for alarm clock

Woodpecker's percussion skills eliminate need for alarm clock

Woodpeckers love to use TV aerials as a tool to proclaim their nesting grounds, but the 'heavy metal' era may be ending, says outdoors columnist
Being a lover of the great outdoors can be downright loony

Being a lover of the great outdoors can be downright loony

Outdoors columnist shares his close encounters of a loon kind ... including narrowly eluding 'the darting dagger that flashed out' and just missed his face
They are not pretty and can't sing, but turkey vultures have key role

They are not pretty and can't sing, but turkey vultures have key role

These 'roadside cleaners' have remarkable sense of smell and acute eyesight allowing them to find fresh roadkill, says outdoors columnist
Unstoppable earthworms are bad news for local woodlots

Unstoppable earthworms are bad news for local woodlots

Earthworms' appetite for dead foliage means there is no protection for maple keys, oak acorns other tree seeds, leaving space for invasive plant species to thrive
Waterfowl providing spectacular display of life returning to our local wetlands

Waterfowl providing spectacular display of life returning to our local wetlands

While our current regulations are demanding we all stay at home, an exercise-based walk-about will let you observe much of the spring migration
Short-lived wildflowers bring joy and hope when both are needed

Short-lived wildflowers bring joy and hope when both are needed

Adding a splash of colour to the woodland floor, these ephemeral wildflowers are examples of a fun find when you are out on an early spring walk
<b>COLUMN:</b> Creating collections is a rite of passage for naturalists

COLUMN: Creating collections is a rite of passage for naturalists

There is a world of difference between ‘building a collection’ and ‘accumulating junk,’ warns outdoors columnist
Role of snow fleas among most critical of any species on earth

Role of snow fleas among most critical of any species on earth

These tiny insects, more properly called springtails, are the most plentiful creature in all of Ontario and are found everywhere on globe, says outdoors columnist
Evidence of seasonal shift is taking flight all around us

Evidence of seasonal shift is taking flight all around us

What a great place this region is to live in, and what a profound event is this turning of the seasons, notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Winged migrants are coming home to roost, and to nest

COLUMN: Winged migrants are coming home to roost, and to nest

Birdwatchers will soon be abuzz reporting on new arrivals, cars will patrol back roads and clusters of telescopes will be in evidence, says outdoors columnist