Have seeds. Will travel.

Peterborough Examiner – October 15, 2021 – by Drew Monkman Seeds ride air, animals, and their own steam to new destinations             Nature is never at rest. Even now, as leaves change colour and fall to the ground, all manner of trees, shrubs, and flowers are engaged in a crucial mission: spreading their Read more…

The problem of off-leash dogs

Peterborough Examiner – May 21, 2021 – by Drew Monkman “These woods were meant for nature walks/ Cross-country skis, and quiet talks./ Instead, we find ourselves among/ An endless trail of steaming dung.” Anonymous, March 2021             I am a dog lover. I still remember the Christmas morning when my Read more…

Music for the Earth

Peterborough Examiner – April 23, 2021 17 songs to inspire action to protect our planet             As we celebrate Earth Week, I’d like to step back from my usual fact-driven perspective on the state of the environment. Today, I want music to do the talking.             I’ve put together a 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…