Category Archives: Creatures of Altona

Leave It To Beavers

The most amazing thing happened to Lacey’s Pond this spring … it rained and rained … and then rained some more. That’s a whole lot of water. Those familiar with Lacey’s Pond in Altona Forest will know that the native cattails took hold … Continue reading

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Bird-Brained Quest

Inadvertently, I’ve had a winter project. After a fleeting sighting early in winter, a woodpecker has been taunting me. For months. I was only able to catch a shadowy, blurry far-off photo – but it was definitive: a red-bellied woodpecker … Continue reading

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Woodpeckers of the Winter Woods

One of the best things about winter walks in Altona Forest is being able to see woodpeckers clearly and frequently. They are often found busily tapping for insects or their larvae and will generally ignore you watching them or aiming … Continue reading

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Oh Possum!

This time of year brings flocks of juncos to my birdseed, woodpeckers to the suet, and a strange set of footprints under my feeders. I watch carefully to see a possum wander into my garden at dusk or early evening. … Continue reading

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Meeting Mothra

Let me be frank: I knew absolutely nothing about the giant moth I met today. I really dislike bugs and strive for a mutual-avoidance policy. Yes; that’s pretty closed-minded of me. However, I got to be a part of something … Continue reading

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Feeding and Protecting Hummingbirds

Hurray For Spring! What signals spring for you? Tulips? The last stubborn bit of that pile of driveway snow disappearing?  A visit to the garden centre? My spring truly arrives when the ruby-throated hummingbirds return to my garden. They are … Continue reading

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She’s Gone Batty

In the past 6 years, the status of Canada’s bats has gone from normal to very bleak. A fungus from European bats made its way into Canada about 7 years ago. North American bats have no natural immunity or protection … Continue reading

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