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Jane’s Altona Forest

“You’re doing this backwards” I thought, “And you really are not the right person to do this at all.” Just over a year ago, I decided that Altona Forest should have a Jane’s Walk. I don’t usually lead hikes in … 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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Tamaracks Revisited

Tamarack is a gorgeous late-fall favourite and an answer to the question ‘what tree is both coniferous and deciduous?’. I love it’s dichotomy – the way it throws a curve-ball into the learning we gained as kids. Coniferous refers to … Continue reading

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Altona’s Wetlands: Following the Water

When you think of wetlands, do you think of marshes and ponds? Wetlands are so much more – there are forest wetlands, bogs, wet meadows, fen – lands with readily available surface water. Canada holds 25% of the world’s wetlands. … Continue reading

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Never Cry Coywolf

Recently, I’ve noticed people negatively focused on the eastern coyote (aka coywolf). Even the name ‘coywolf’ is said with negative and almost accusatory tones. Ontario is even waging a unsubstantiated war against wolves and coywolves in the north. They gain … Continue reading

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The Best Hoot, Barred None

We are extraordinarily lucky because we might see or hear a number of owls in Altona Forest. There is the northern saw-whet owl, eastern screech owl, great-horned owl, and the barred owl. Of these, the one you are most likely … Continue reading

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