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What is That?

A series about local wildlife.

What is That … a Turkey Vulture or a Wild Turkey?

Before we bought the cottage, we had heard of turkey vultures.  From time to time, we visited friends at their cottages and on a...

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 Flycatcher or a Phoebe?

At least ten species of flycatcher live in Ontario, three of which we know live and breed at White Lake.  We may have more...

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 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… an Alligator or a Snapping Turtle?

by Carolyn and Bruce Waddell This is our first column in The Millstone about better understanding and enjoying animals in our community.  We all know...

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 Squirrel or a Chipmunk?

We are frequently entertained at the cottage watching the antics of our resident squirrels and chipmunks. Most people are familiar with these rodents as...

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...

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