On April 25 on McCrea Drive in Peterborough, I was awakened by the calls of two Whip-poor-wills. One was near our backyard and the other was off in the distance. I was  very surprised because as a youngster at the cottage we went to sleep every night to the sound of their call but it’s been at least 50 years  since I’ve heard one. John Hewson

Whip-poor-will (Karl Egressy)

I want to show you the damage to our ash trees by Pileated Woodpeckers. Over the winter and spring, these woodpeckers, followed by smaller woodpeckers, have been debarking the ash around our yard. We thought perhaps they’re looking for Emerald Ash Borer larvae. Marilyn Riel, 2020 Youngs Point Road Lakefield, ON

Here’s a picture of a Compton Tortoisefly in my garage today, April 2. Pretty early, eh ? Michael Gillespie

Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Michael Gillespie)

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.