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<b>COLUMN:</b> Why did the turtle cross the road? You better read this!

COLUMN: Why did the turtle cross the road? You better read this!

Roadside gravel shoulders are perfect turtle nurseries, offering easy digging, good sun exposure and proximity to a wetland, explains outdoors columnist
Bobolinks survive thanks to truce between farmers, biologists

Bobolinks survive thanks to truce between farmers, biologists

It was determined haying was putting these unique birds in peril, so a cooperative approach was developed to ensure they survive, columnist explains
Diabolical wrens are a force to be reckoned with in the woods

Diabolical wrens are a force to be reckoned with in the woods

Courting males boldy claim ownership of every nesting cavity within its boundaries - even if it means dispatching the current tenants
Peaceful and tranquil? For birds, spring turns habitat into war zone

Peaceful and tranquil? For birds, spring turns habitat into war zone

When a bird sings, whether sweetly or coarsely, it is a proclamation that 'this tree is mine!' explains outdoors columnist
For grosbeaks, finding an ant hill is like a trip to the spa

For grosbeaks, finding an ant hill is like a trip to the spa

Our outdoors columnist explains why several species of birds get themselves covered in ants ... quite deliberately
Iconic, familiar trillium has deep roots in the Canadian story

Iconic, familiar trillium has deep roots in the Canadian story

Official recognition began after First World War as white trillium was chosen to be planted on graves of Canadian soldiers, but there's lots to learn about this perennial
Last of Algonquin Park's fishing guides dies at age 84

Last of Algonquin Park's fishing guides dies at age 84

Over the years, his guests included a Mexican president, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the entire cast of Bonanza
Woodpecker's percussion skills eliminate need for alarm clock

Woodpecker's percussion skills eliminate need for alarm clock

Woodpeckers love to use TV aerials as a tool to proclaim their nesting grounds, but the 'heavy metal' era may be ending, says outdoors columnist
Being a lover of the great outdoors can be downright loony

Being a lover of the great outdoors can be downright loony

Outdoors columnist shares his close encounters of a loon kind ... including narrowly eluding 'the darting dagger that flashed out' and just missed his face
They are not pretty and can't sing, but turkey vultures have key role

They are not pretty and can't sing, but turkey vultures have key role

These 'roadside cleaners' have remarkable sense of smell and acute eyesight allowing them to find fresh roadkill, says outdoors columnist