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Waterfowl providing spectacular display of life returning to our local wetlands

Waterfowl providing spectacular display of life returning to our local wetlands

While our current regulations are demanding we all stay at home, an exercise-based walk-about will let you observe much of the spring migration
Short-lived wildflowers bring joy and hope when both are needed

Short-lived wildflowers bring joy and hope when both are needed

Adding a splash of colour to the woodland floor, these ephemeral wildflowers are examples of a fun find when you are out on an early spring walk
<b>COLUMN:</b> Creating collections is a rite of passage for naturalists

COLUMN: Creating collections is a rite of passage for naturalists

There is a world of difference between ‘building a collection’ and ‘accumulating junk,’ warns outdoors columnist
Role of snow fleas among most critical of any species on earth

Role of snow fleas among most critical of any species on earth

These tiny insects, more properly called springtails, are the most plentiful creature in all of Ontario and are found everywhere on globe, says outdoors columnist
Evidence of seasonal shift is taking flight all around us

Evidence of seasonal shift is taking flight all around us

What a great place this region is to live in, and what a profound event is this turning of the seasons, notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Winged migrants are coming home to roost, and to nest

COLUMN: Winged migrants are coming home to roost, and to nest

Birdwatchers will soon be abuzz reporting on new arrivals, cars will patrol back roads and clusters of telescopes will be in evidence, says outdoors columnist
It's between seasons, but move from dormancy to activity is afoot

It's between seasons, but move from dormancy to activity is afoot

While the calendar may say that Spring starts in late March, Nature says differently, explains outdoors columnist ... with a nod to Greek mythology
Beware the ripple effects when creating an 'avian tavern'

Beware the ripple effects when creating an 'avian tavern'

Nesting boxes are a way of keeping birds within easy viewing distance while providing a service to their chances of survival, says outdoors columnist
There's nothing quite like the allure of a wood-burning fire

There's nothing quite like the allure of a wood-burning fire

There are many anecdotes and bits of lore that go with firewood collecting and burning, says outdoors columnist
A cool story of frost, ice and snow

A cool story of frost, ice and snow

'Frost, ice and snow are just winter versions of summer’s dew, mist and rain,' says outdoors columnist