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It looks ridiculous, acts silly and is a key part of the ecosystem

It looks ridiculous, acts silly and is a key part of the ecosystem

The woodcock, also known as a timberdoodle, is back in the region and ready to nest, says outdoors columnist
These ducks are the timeless harbingers of spring

These ducks are the timeless harbingers of spring

Outdoors columnist explains how patience of ducks allows them to weather climate change
What is that skulking, flitting, shy bundle of feathers?

What is that skulking, flitting, shy bundle of feathers?

It takes patience and a good eye to identify 'little brown birds,' notes outdoors columnist
Cute and playful? Not this otter! He was more interested in 'sprainting'

Cute and playful? Not this otter! He was more interested in 'sprainting'

Otter has unique way of marking his territory, discovers outdoors columnist
Snow conditions ideal for exploring the woods, but get out there while you can

Snow conditions ideal for exploring the woods, but get out there while you can

Thaw-freeze cycle creates conditions that last only a week, maybe days
Local woodlots offer example of 'resource partitioning'

Local woodlots offer example of 'resource partitioning'

Outdoors columnist explains how concept can be looked at as sharing or as divide-and-conquer strategy
A trip outdoors can lift your spirits during March Break

A trip outdoors can lift your spirits during March Break

Break free of the melancholy to appreciate the simple things, advises outdoor columnist
Is a woodpecker destroying your tree? He's doing you a favour!

Is a woodpecker destroying your tree? He's doing you a favour!

Our outdoors columnist explains that these stealthy birds only target dying trees
Sandhill cranes defy the odds, flock to our region

Sandhill cranes defy the odds, flock to our region

Outdoors columnist says these flying 'packages of grace and elegance' are being seen more and more in Simcoe County
Chickadee wins this round of standoff against wily shrike

Chickadee wins this round of standoff against wily shrike

Avian battle lines drawn at feeder, explains outdoor columnist of flurry of activity