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<b>COLUMN:</b> 'Tis the season for romance in the wilderness

COLUMN: 'Tis the season for romance in the wilderness

Mating season has begun for great-horned owls and red foxes, who need to get to work to ensure spring births, explains outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Blazing trails on snowshoes not just a human experience

COLUMN: Blazing trails on snowshoes not just a human experience

Some species that frequent our region have evolved a special adaptation to keep themselves trucking around … home-grown snowshoes, notes outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Is it time to re-think battle against invasive species?

COLUMN: Is it time to re-think battle against invasive species?

Is the time and money being spent on current control methods really the best way to tackle the issue, wonders outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Feisty red squirrels are small but mighty forces

COLUMN: Feisty red squirrels are small but mighty forces

Red squirrel spends much of its time doing battle against other squirrels, woodpeckers, owls and others in the woodlot to protect its winter bounty
<b>COLUMN:</b> Nature's news is all around us

COLUMN: Nature's news is all around us

Tracks left in snow tell tales of critters' adventures
<b>COLUMN:</b> It's that time of the year: Deer are losing their heads!

COLUMN: It's that time of the year: Deer are losing their heads!

After being shed, the cast antler becomes a much needed dietary supplement for rodents as well as for carnivores such as coyote and fox
<b>COLUMN: </b> Sharp-shinned hawk provides up-close lesson in survival

COLUMN: Sharp-shinned hawk provides up-close lesson in survival

Shy but wily predator waited for human observers to leave the scene before swooping down to claim the spoils of war: a mourning dove
<b>COLUMN:</b> Swarm of wild turkeys was a 'grape' adventure

COLUMN: Swarm of wild turkeys was a 'grape' adventure

A bumper crop of wild grapes, hanging thick in clusters, put more than 50 turkeys in the midst of outdoor columnist's recent travels
<b>COLUMN:</b> Letting nature take its course can be painful

COLUMN: Letting nature take its course can be painful

When it comes to nature, and particularly the fate of a living creature, we have a list of options to choose from, says outdoors columnist
<b>COLUMN:</b> Wild pigs are a threat to our natural environment

COLUMN: Wild pigs are a threat to our natural environment

While fictionalized pigs are cute, real live wild pigs could be an 'ecological disaster about to sweep across southern Ontario farmlands,' warns columnist