Woodcock-watching: a rite of spring

Peterborough Examiner – April 9, 2021 Woodcock’s sky dance a must-see marvel of nature in the Kawarthas With monikers like pop-eyed shot dodger, bogsucker, sky dancer, and timber-doodle, the American woodcock may have the most evocative nicknames of any bird. It’s not surprising. This strangely-shaped species with a ridiculously long Read more…

Our winter of owls

(Peterborough Examiner – March 5, 2021) Higher-than-usual owl numbers are thrilling people throughout the Kawarthas             Mysterious visitors on silent wings are among us this winter. Arriving from the trackless expanses of  Canada’s north, owls are thrilling people all over the Kawarthas. I can think of no other bird that Read more…

Happy Darwin Day!

February 12 is day to reflect on the legacy of Charles Darwin – and why a male cardinal is red!              With the arrival of February, bird song is slowly returning to the natural world. A week ago, I heard the boisterous song of the cardinal for the first time Read more…

Greenspace is under assault

Despite recognition of time spent in nature as a pillar of health, protecting greenspace remains an uphill battle             For me, an enduring image of the pandemic will be the unprecedented number of people taking advantage of local rail-trails and parks. Some days, the procession of dog-walkers, cyclists, photographers, joggers, Read more…

The importance of hope

Despite the onslaught of bad environmental news, there is much to be encouraged about             Although it might come as a surprise, there is much to feel positive about when it comes to environmental problems like climate change and biodiversity loss. It’s vitally important that people know this. Not seeing Read more…