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COLUMN: When it comes to mating, bigger may not be better

COLUMN: When it comes to mating, bigger may not be better

When it comes to reproduction in the local forests and streams, all may not be what it appears to be, says columnist
COLUMN: Elegant Luna moth is 'like a candle in the wind'

COLUMN: Elegant Luna moth is 'like a candle in the wind'

Magnificent moths, which are 'truly unmistakable in appearance,' are short lived, says columnist of big, green moths that look like they belong in a tropical jungle
COLUMN: Unique lichens play important role in our ecosystem

COLUMN: Unique lichens play important role in our ecosystem

Lichens were once viewed 'as the trash of vegetation,' says columnist, noting there are about 18,000 species of lichens found around the globe
COLUMN: Sounds of silence echo loudly even in deep woods

COLUMN: Sounds of silence echo loudly even in deep woods

'Even while surrounded by a thousand acres of wilderness, noise still permeates the local environment,' muses columnist
COLUMN: What is that smell? Is rain in the forecast?

COLUMN: What is that smell? Is rain in the forecast?

'It truly is amazing how a whiff of some odour or another can cause instant mental ruminations of a place or time from long ago,' says columnist
COLUMN: For many birds in our region, love is in the air

COLUMN: For many birds in our region, love is in the air

Brightly coloured feathers, elaborate song, aggressive behaviour and intricate flight manoeuvres ... are all fair in the wooing of birds game, says columnist
COLUMN: Why do we try so hard to tame the wildflowers?

COLUMN: Why do we try so hard to tame the wildflowers?

Do you really need a perfect looking lawn? There is a 'delightful variety' of wildflowers in our midst if we only leave them alone, says columnist
COLUMN: Debunking the myth of the so-called 'fire lizard'

COLUMN: Debunking the myth of the so-called 'fire lizard'

Salamanders — there are 11 species found in our region — are easily overlooked, even when they are at their peak activity, which is in the early spring
OUTDOORS: Suit up for sunny days — and blackflies

OUTDOORS: Suit up for sunny days — and blackflies

Outdoors columnist offers good news, bad news, and tips to repel pesky fliers
COLUMN: Absence of porcupines is a bit of prickly issue

COLUMN: Absence of porcupines is a bit of prickly issue

At one time, seeing a porcupine on a woodland walk was commonplace; outdoors columnist explains why that is no longer the case in our region