Nature

Winter Raptors are Coming

In November, many northern raptors settle in for the winter in the eastern Lake Ontario and western St. Lawrence region.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
Gerry Smith

Brumation Sweeps across Northern Latitudes

The consensus now is that any critter able to actively slow its metabolism is a hibernator. Actively slowing down sounds like an oxymoron, but let’s not resort to name-calling.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
Paul Hetzler

First Annual Trash Free River Cleanup!

90 volunteers helped STR haul more than three dump truck loads of plastic and trash from the River bottom and shoreline.

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
John Peach

Nature's Guest Book

We may pay the taxes but our point belongs to Nature...

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Pine Whisperers

...whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite different.

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
Paul Hetzler

The Sprite of the Northern Forest is Coming

The Red-breasted Nuthatch, cousin of our familiar and mostly resident, White-breasted Nuthatch, are coming south.

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
Gerry Smith

Excursion to Chicoutimi in 2020!

Let's take our little bow-rider that already provided tens of hours of joy in the Thousand Islands, on a road trip to the Saguenay River and Fjord to "watch the whales."

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020
Konrad Linckh

From Out of the Twilight - a Ray of Hope

In mid-July, Clayton P. O. mailboat driver, Brian Parker, delivered exciting news with the bag of mail. “Have you seen the comet?” he asked.

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Good Times:

Ospreys in the St. Lawrence Region are doing fabulously well... seems appropriate to celebrate.

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Gerry Smith

Kill the Bug Zappers Not the Birds

Bug zappers are consummately worthless for mosquito control...

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Paul Hetzler

The Beaver That Ate The Boathouse

All other creatures, however, take second place to The Beaver. The one that has been eating our boathouse...

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Sarah Telfer

How Does Your Garden Grow … in a Pandemic

What to do with your Pandemic garden produce... Yes, lots of ideas and lots of results.

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
Elspeth Naismith

2020: A Successful Year for the Save The River’s Common Tern Project

Save the River monitors 6 common tern nesting sites (2 natural shoals and 6 Navigation cells) with a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers...

Volume 15, Issue 9, September 2020
John Peach, Patricia Shulenburg, and Rosie Rockell

The Fawn that Came in out of the Rain

The fawn arrived exhausted on shaky legs on the shore of Grenell Island in the St. Lawrence River. Our daughter named him Pete.

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Simply Great

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias), the largest North American heron, is definitely great,

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
Paul Hetzler

Wooden Bridge

The memory of the Rideau Canal in 1971... brings me to 2020 and wanting to know if it is open?

Volume 15, Issue 8, August 2020
Dan Mack

Shady Business

One of the perks of having trees nearby is that social-distancing rules don’t apply – you can hug as many as you like without risk of contracting Covid-19.

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Paul Hetzler

Adjusting to River Time

As it all slows down, I start to measure time in sunrises and sunsets, in breakfasts and lunches and dinners...

Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020
Patrick Metcalf