The Turtle Pond

I am blessed and thankful to be surrounded by nature every day.  My drive to and from town includes a long stretch along one country road.  The turtle pond – long called this because of the abundance of turtles one can see sunning themselves on warm spring, summer and early Fall days, is also home to a myriad of other wildlife including beaver, frogs, otters, mink, ducks, the occasional goose and great blue heron, insects, and on rare occasions, deer.

To some it’s just a pond, but to me, it’s an amazing oasis to be admired and appreciated every day.

Wild Beauty

We’re now into the early days of summer and everywhere you look around the Parry Sound area, roadsides, ditches and meadows are filled with a beautiful collage of wildflowers.  Pollinators are busy collecting nectar, songbirds are singing the joys of warm days and new life, and the living is indeed easy, and a feast for the eyes!

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee — nature has no boss

Hearing the Chickadees calling in the trees above our heads we expected to look up and see either a black-capped or mountain chickadee as we had seen them earlier this day. However to our surprise we we greeted by this little Chestnut-Backed Chickadee looking down at us and hunting insects just above our heads. The […]

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Playero Pectoral/Pectoral Sandpiper/Calidris melanotos — Birds Colombia: 820 especies hoy

Nombre en español: Playero Pectoral Nombre en ingles: Pectoral Sandpiper Nombre científico: Calidris melanotos Familia: Scolopacidae Foto: Diego Rivera/Felipe Vargas Canto: Andrew Spencer El correlimos pectoral (Calidris melanotos) es una especie de ave limícola de la familia Scolopacidae. Es de tamaño mediano, más grande que la mayoría de las especies del género. Es claramente visible el contraste en la coloración del pecho, pardo oscuro, […]

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5: Phytoplankton- the lungs of the ocean — Notebook from the North

Various forms of life on earth are united by one particular need, this being the need for energy. For many creatures, this is done through a wonderful biological process, one of my favourites in fact. This is eating… On land we can look at a basic example of a food chain, which shows how energy […]

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A Sea Of Sagebrush Disappears, Making Way For Fire-Prone Cheatgrass — News : NPR

In the past two years, more than 800,000 acres in northern Nevada have burned. The traditional sagebrush rangeland is being replaced by cheatgrass that burns hotter and more frequently.(Image credit: Ashley Ahearn for NPR)

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