Nature

Short-eared Owl Invasion Winter 20-21

This winter a significant number of this nomadic owl species have found a winter residence in our region.

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Gerry Smith

An Occasional Nip Does Some Good

A friend who once worked nights in a resort bar was asked by a patron where to find “weed.”

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Paul Hetzler

"Bigger is Better"

TILT's Founder, Ken Deedy, once said that “when it comes to preserving habitat, the rule of thumb is ‘bigger is better.'"

Volume 16, Issue 2, February 2021
Aliana Young

Finch Invasion Continues

The large handsome Evening Grosbeak was a common winter bird in our region when I began birding more than a half century ago.

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
Gerry Smith

Turtle Takes a Tumble

I stood to see that it was a tiny snapping turtle, small enough to fit inside the palm of my hand. We’ve had turtles pass through...

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Taking the Reins

It's official: Santa's reindeer are all girls - they are also in steep decline, with global reindeer numbers are down 40% in the past 25 years

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Paul Hetzler

Another Invasion from the North

In our region Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak, and species of the redpoll complex are already appearing in small numbers.

Volume 15, Issue 12, December 2020
Gerry Smith

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