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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
Banding provides a glimpse into the secrets of the duck world

Banding provides a glimpse into the secrets of the duck world

It is fun science that provides important data that leads to habitat/funding programs, says outdoors columnist
Insects prepare for winter, create unique homes within leaves

Insects prepare for winter, create unique homes within leaves

Winter shelters, or galls, appear on oak leaves, sumac leaves, willow branches or goldenrod stems, says outdoors columnist
Welcome to Molluscs 101

Welcome to Molluscs 101

Study of snails and slugs is a slimy job, but someone's got to do it
Misidentifying wasp stings, admits outdoors columnist

Misidentifying wasp stings, admits outdoors columnist

Working in the great outdoors is always a learning experience, David Hawke says
Predator wasp does not target people; it's looking for a  buffet

Predator wasp does not target people; it's looking for a buffet

Primary purpose of this insect that looks more science-fiction than animal kingdom is to find a place for its egg, says outdoors columnist
Rascally rabbits are everywhere this year

Rascally rabbits are everywhere this year

Outdoors columnist David Hawke explains the high numbers are just part of the regular life-cycle for rabbits and hares