Birds Who Practice Social Distancing

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Birds Who Practice Social Distancing

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
'Social distancing' is a term we've been hearing a lot over the past couple of weeks, and for good reason. We are being urged to stay apart from each other to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and beyond. This temporary way of life is not something we humans are used t…

Animals That Cooperate: Better Together

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Animals That Cooperate: Better Together

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Last month, a video of a coyote and a badger seemingly carrying on a friendship, or cooperating, took the internet by storm. In the video, a badger and coyote are seen using a manmade structure to cross under a highway. 
People are often captivated by seeing cross species cooperation in the animal …

Unlikely Partnership: How Snakes Help Birds

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Unlikely Partnership: How Snakes Help Birds

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
With the emergence of spring, so too, comes the emergence of Ontario's wildlife species who spent the winter months tucked away from the bitter cold. As I type this, chipmunks are invading my feeders and running off with their cheeks about to burst, and American Robins are singing their hearts…

Rare Sighting Causes Flap: The Northern Hawk Owl

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Rare Sighting Causes Flap: The Northern Hawk Owl

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
If you follow wildlife photography pages, are an avid birder, or even a part of our Facebook group Ontario Birds by WBU Barrie, you may have seen a number of exuberant posts and photos lately depicting a particularly majestic Northern Hawk Owl. This owl has beccome somewhat of a celebrity in the re…

Gardening for Wildlife: 10 Native Plants You Need in Your Yard this Spring

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gardening for Wildlife: 10 Native Plants You Need in Your Yard this Spring

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The white stuff is still on the ground, but the birds are starting to sing, and their calls are saying spring is on its way! For many of us, spring means getting our hands dirty and planting beautiful gardens to enjoy for months to come. With the shocking news we received in 2019 of a 29% decline i…

The Birds and The Bees: How Pollination Serves Us

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Birds and The Bees: How Pollination Serves Us

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
There are many ecosystem services provided to us by wild species. It is important for us to realize the give and take involved in the symbiotic relationships we share with our natural environment. If ecosystems are functioning optimally, we have many benefits to gain from environments and the speci…

Backyard Tweet-hearts: The Love Life of Northern Cardinals

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Backyard Tweet-hearts: The Love Life of Northern Cardinals

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Northern Cardinals are the "it" couple of the backyard scene. They dance together, sing together, eat together, and have no problem showing public displays of affection toward each other. Heck, they're even the colour of love! But, as with most relationships, there's much more to…

Raccoon Nation: The Story of Ontario's Own Pandas

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Raccoon Nation: The Story of Ontario's Own Pandas

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
This month raccoons will start breeding and I thought we could cover the good, the bad and the hilarious about our fellow city dwellers. I am more than aware that not everyone is a fan of raccoons, especially those that use or target bird feeders. They can definitely be destructive and hard to cur…

Out of the Mouths of Owls: Casting Pellets

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Out of the Mouths of Owls: Casting Pellets

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
If you've ever had the privilege of viewing an owl for a period of time, you may have seen them perform various behaviours like preening, flying, sleeping, and maybe - if you're really lucky - hunting and consuming their prey. There's a chance you may have also witnessed an interesting…