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<b>COLUMN:</b> Unmistakable catkins are spring's early flowers

COLUMN: Unmistakable catkins are spring's early flowers

Catkins, lacking delicate parts, can tough out a few days of chill rain and a small flurry of lacklustre snow, notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Being a victim of a pesky skunk can really stink

COLUMN: Being a victim of a pesky skunk can really stink

If you have been sprayed, you have to fight science with science, and that doesn't include tomato juice, says outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Our natural world is springing into 'very dynamic shift'

COLUMN: Our natural world is springing into 'very dynamic shift'

'Winter things are disappearing and spring things are showing up in every habitat type from wilderness to urban,' notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Earliest blossoms of the season springing into form

COLUMN: Earliest blossoms of the season springing into form

A question persists, says columnist: Can wildlife species adapt to new blooming periods and all the changing attachments in their web of life?
<b>COLUMN:</b> The robins are back! Spring can't be far behind

COLUMN: The robins are back! Spring can't be far behind

'As one of the sought-after spring icons, the sight of a red-breasted robin bob-bob-bobbing along in the yard is a real spirit lifter,' says columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Even in winter, beavers are busy within their lodges

COLUMN: Even in winter, beavers are busy within their lodges

Beavers are active all winter long and will leave their lodge via an underwater entrance burrow, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Topsy-turvy weather is dangerous for local wildlife

COLUMN: Topsy-turvy weather is dangerous for local wildlife

With a food shortage and a limited area to find the needed culinary items, things can get a little scary for animals, columnist explains
<b> COLUMN:</b> Local wildlife have a Winter Olympics of their own

COLUMN: Local wildlife have a Winter Olympics of their own

Each event brings both crushing defeats and ultimate survival, explains columnist of the 'wild' antics taking place in local forests
<b>COLUMN:</b> Beware ruffling the feathers of snow-swept partridges

COLUMN: Beware ruffling the feathers of snow-swept partridges

Ruffed grouse, or partridges, like to fly down from the treetops and 'plop drop' into the snow, burrow deep within and slumber, explains columnist
Meet the new moth — same as the old moth

Meet the new moth — same as the old moth

Known scientifically as the LDD moth, this invasive species has a new name and is expected to decline in numbers, columnist explains