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<b>COLUMN:</b> Forest floor can be top indicator of natural life

COLUMN: Forest floor can be top indicator of natural life

'Mast' production must be watched carefully as it helps determine the future health of forests and can have a major impact on wildlife, says columnist
COLUMN: Large flocks of geese a relatively recent phenomenon

COLUMN: Large flocks of geese a relatively recent phenomenon

Canada geese have been observed for hundreds of years, but an autumn sky filled with migrating birds is something different, outdoors columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> Should foraging for mushrooms be a fun hobby?

COLUMN: Should foraging for mushrooms be a fun hobby?

Mushrooms are a fascinating part of any outdoor walk. Take pictures, do a painting or just pause. But, 'to pick it seems akin to vandalism,' says columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Encounter with shy shorebird a rare occasion

COLUMN: Encounter with shy shorebird a rare occasion

'The least bitterns are a feathered bundle of avian anxiety, so getting close to one is very, very difficult,' columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> Fallen apples stir up hornet's nest of concerns

COLUMN: Fallen apples stir up hornet's nest of concerns

If it wasn't for the blue jays swooping in to peck open the tough skin, the bounty would not have attracted numerous wasps, columnist explains
<b>COLUMN:</b> What's in a name? 'Big brown bug' ignites quest

COLUMN: What's in a name? 'Big brown bug' ignites quest

It's difficult to properly categorize insects as our columnist found out after discovering something crawling up his pants in the bathroom
<b>COLUMN:</b> Facing falling apples, angry wasps, wily raccoons

COLUMN: Facing falling apples, angry wasps, wily raccoons

Having a gathering on a rural farm property poses many challenges ... as our outdoors columnist has discovered this week
<b>COLUMN:</b> Insect world is hopping busy, despite the heat

COLUMN: Insect world is hopping busy, despite the heat

There are many interesting events to discover as wildlife starts to put the wrap on another summer season, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Fate of monarch butterfly could be in our hands

COLUMN: Fate of monarch butterfly could be in our hands

Pollinator gardens are a great first step, but need to be embellished with other essential parts of the ecosystem, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Crow's death a 'brazen act by a bold predator'

COLUMN: Crow's death a 'brazen act by a bold predator'

It's rare to come across a dead crow, notes outdoors columnist, who says 'all-out war' is now a possibility in the woods near his home