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What is That?

A series about local wildlife.

What is that … a Loon or a Merganser?

The call of the loon is a quintessential, goose bump-generating element of our summer cottage experience, be it a nocturnal chorus at three a.m....

What Is That… African Animal?

We recently spent a couple of weeks in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. We visited three wildlife reserves: Entabeni in the Limpopo province of South...

What Is That … Heron?

Herons, egrets and bitterns are a few of the many species of wading birds belonging to the family Ardeidae.   All of the members of...

What Is That … Predator?

Following the glorious summer weather we experienced in late September and October, we turned our attention to preparing the cottage for winter.  As we...

What Is That … a Bee or a Wasp?

Like most people, the first thing we think about when we see a bee or a wasp is avoiding its painful, venomous sting.  We...

What Is That … a Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle?

Rarely does a single book significantly alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did exactly that.  Its publication in 1962 persuaded...

What is that … weasel?

Before getting into this article, we would like to thank one of our readers for pointing out that we incorrectly identified one of the...

What Is That … a Beaver or a Muskrat? 

by Carolyn and Bruce Waddell We were sitting on our deck enjoying a glass of wine just before sunset in May when we noticed a...

What is That … a Snake or a Salamander?

We try to keep an ever-watchful eye peeled for wildlife at the cottage, whether looking skyward for hawks; gazing out over the water for...

What Is That … a Curious Thief or a Cunning Hunter?

Many animals figure prominently in children’s tales and cartoons, sometimes being honoured and sometimes being maligned.  Two of the most common fabled creatures we...

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