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Dragonflies' air show is a heart-stopping ballet of motion

Dragonflies' air show is a heart-stopping ballet of motion

Outdoors columnist explains how these amazing insects can hover, reverse, go straight up, drop down or go into warp drive in the blink of an eye
Butterfly watching is experiencing a 'quiet resurgence' in popularity

Butterfly watching is experiencing a 'quiet resurgence' in popularity

Our outdoors columnist provides some expert tips to photograph these flighty insects - or to raise your own
Orchids are the superstars of the wildflower world

Orchids are the superstars of the wildflower world

During the month of June, prettiest orchids will be bursting open, explains outdoors columnist
Despite trying to tame the land, wildflowers find a way to flourish

Despite trying to tame the land, wildflowers find a way to flourish

Outdoors columnist says violets continue to be held in special wonderment among discerning gardeners
Is it a woodpecker? Look carefully. It may be a flicker!

Is it a woodpecker? Look carefully. It may be a flicker!

These winged wonders use their curved beak to reach inside a tree's cavity and flick out loose material, explains outdoors columnist
First wave of wildflowers adds splash of colour to the landscape

First wave of wildflowers adds splash of colour to the landscape

In the woods, there is a race to produce a flower and attract a pollinator before it's too late, explains outdoors columnist
When it comes to trees, branching out can be challenging

When it comes to trees, branching out can be challenging

Fungus can kill while pine and insect can hamper its growth, notes outdoors columnist
Colony of hungry ants vital for trilliums to blossom

Colony of hungry ants vital for trilliums to blossom

Outdoors columnist says Ontario's provincial floral emblem has been a much-adored spring wildflower for more than eight decades
An orchestra of amphibian song has become soundtrack of spring

An orchestra of amphibian song has become soundtrack of spring

Each frog species has its own unique song, says outdoors columnist; Males try to out-compete each other
This civil war in the woodlot was anything but civil

This civil war in the woodlot was anything but civil

To these butterflies, all were a threat to their health, wealth and safety, explains outdoors columnist