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Bird feeder can become a simple, fun science research station

Bird feeder can become a simple, fun science research station

Each winter seems to provide a highlight at the feeder and this year, the tiny red-breasted nuthatch has chosen our area as its home base, says outdoors columnist
Amid the season's melancholy, birds inject life into the woods

Amid the season's melancholy, birds inject life into the woods

Redwings, grackles and rusty blackbirds are on migration and, like the army, they travel best on a full stomach, outdoors columnist explains
In the fall, some people take hunting to a whole different level

In the fall, some people take hunting to a whole different level

While the number of active hunters in southern Ontario has dwindled, outdoors columnist says many people still enjoy it - to varying degrees
Tamarack trees' bold statements are part of autumn's encore

Tamarack trees' bold statements are part of autumn's encore

Now is the time to get outside to see if you can catch the end of the party before the colour is lost for another year, says outdoors columnist
There is a mouse in the house ... it's a tale of mice and men

There is a mouse in the house ... it's a tale of mice and men

The recent arrival of mice in the house has led to the creation of a trapline of defence of sorts, says outdoors columnist
It's waterfowl season. Keep your eyes on the skies!

It's waterfowl season. Keep your eyes on the skies!

Waterfowl are easy to observe and identify, and many species have a unique history in regards to their presence in southern Ontario, says outdoors columnist
Seeing loons while canoeing in the fall ... true Canadiana

Seeing loons while canoeing in the fall ... true Canadiana

Paddling on a near-north river took on a whole new feel thanks to close encounter with feeding, ruby-red-eyed loons preening near the canoe
Changing seasons create challenges for snakes, other critters

Changing seasons create challenges for snakes, other critters

Outdoors columnist explains how snakes survive winter and how they take hibernation and survival to a whole different level
Autumn's thrill found on forest floor: It's mushroom season!

Autumn's thrill found on forest floor: It's mushroom season!

Mushrooms are easy to find, but much more difficult to identify, so our outdoors columnist offers some helpful hints for your 'shroom adventure
Oh deer! Bucks' need to exude masculinity takes toll on trees

Oh deer! Bucks' need to exude masculinity takes toll on trees

As you enjoy early fall colours, keep a sharp eye for evidence of deer and moose using the trees for back rubs, says outdoors columnist