Life Undergound Part 2: The Secret Life of Snakes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Life Undergound Part 2: The Secret Life of Snakes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
From spring to late autumn, a snake's typical day looks something like this: Bask to warm up body temperature, hunt for food, hide to digest food, maybe eat again, bask some more before nightfall, and retreat to a sheltered place like under a log or rock to hide from nocturnal predators like sk…

An Exciting Irruption: Evening Grosbeaks

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

An Exciting Irruption: Evening Grosbeaks

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Unless you've been hiding from 2020 underneath a rock, you have probably noticed that Evening Grosbeak sightings in Ontario have exploded. Evening Grosbeaks are a species of Finch with thick and powerful conical bills. They are heavy-set with thick chests and short tails. They are social birds …

Birding on a Budget

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Birding on a Budget

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Like all most hobbies, birding is expensive. This hobby has specialized optics, electronics, books, clothing, plus for those interested in backyard birding/bird feeding there are pole systems, feeders, specialty food, bird baths, bird houses, and more. Oh, and let's not forget the trips and wor…

Doing Less, Helps More: Preparing Your Yard For Winter

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Doing Less, Helps More: Preparing Your Yard For Winter

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
For some, this time of year is dreaded because it involves endless amounts of yard work. Raking and bagging leaves, removing fallen branches from the yard and pruning trees and shrubs. I have some great news! Ditching all of that work is actually much better for your backyard biodiversity. Many liv…

Goldfinch or Pine Siskin? How to Tell Who's at Your Feeders

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Goldfinch or Pine Siskin? How to Tell Who's at Your Feeders

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
One morning a few weeks ago, I walked downstairs and looked out my front window to my feeding station (as I do every morning), expecting to see the usual characters: chickadees, nuthatches, a couple hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches. I glanced at each feeder to see who was there, and noticed a small g…

Curious and Cute: All About Chickadees

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Curious and Cute: All About Chickadees

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Chickadees are a backyard bird favourite for many. They are quite adorable with their round head and tiny body. Widley recognized by their black cap and bib. Due to their highly curious nature, they have a habit of investigating new feeders and even people. Because of this, they are often one of th…

Top Foods for Fall Bird Feeding

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Top Foods for Fall Bird Feeding

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I know what you're thinking.. they're birds. Do I really need to change the food I'm feeding them just because the seasons change? The short answer is, no. You don't need to change the food you're feeding just because the seasons change. But there are major advantages for you, a…

Reframing Weeds: The Benefits of Vilified Plants

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Reframing Weeds: The Benefits of Vilified Plants

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Many of us are familiar with the term "weed". We typically use this as a blanket term to include any species that is unwanted in the area that it is growing. There are even definitions that describe weeds as valueless plants that grow wild. Or plants that grow on cultivated ground, to the…

Return of the Snow Birds: Attracting Dark-eyed Juncos to Your Yard

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Return of the Snow Birds: Attracting Dark-eyed Juncos to Your Yard

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Fall is officially here, and it's wasted no time settling in to the region. This time of year we see a slew of our favourite birds leave us to head to warmer climates, including orioles, warblers, and hummingbirds, but with their departure we also see the return of species who come to stay thr…