Monthly Archives: August 2014

Making a new home for Barn Swallows

Barn swallows on nest cup

Ask any farmer, and they’ll tell you there are not nearly so many Barn Swallows as there used to be. The science backs them up – over the past 20 years, there has been a steep drop in swallow populations across eastern North America. In Ontario, Barn Swallows are now listed as a threatened species.


Bird Behaviour: Survival of the fittest

Great Blue Heron by David A. Homer

Bird behaviour, like human behaviour is sometimes very cruel, but nonetheless very fascinating!


Life on the inside: Forest interiors

Alexander Hope Smith by Gayle Carlyle

Several hundred years ago, lush, green forests covered almost all of southern Ontario. The forests were made up of trees of various species, sizes, and ages with shrubs and woodland flowers underneath. Wildlife abounded in these wooded areas. There were few openings in the forest canopy except where weather systems had downed trees or where native grasslands thrived.