Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beasties

Ian Stewart These are the opening words of the poem ‘To a mouse’, written by the legendary haggis-eating Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785 (which also contains the famous line oft-paraphrased as ‘The best-laid schemes of mice and men go often askew’). Although this is an apt description of mice it is also used to …

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Superstar Plants in the Summer Habitat Garden

By Lori Athey, Habitat Outreach Coordinator It is high summer now and my early summer flowers are looking a bit tired while the late summer/fall show has yet to begin. Nonetheless, there is a lot of wildlife activity in my garden right now. The pollinators are all over the Echinacea/Purple Coneflower, Coreopsis, Butterflyweed and Beebalm, …

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Life of a Monarch

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator and Sheila Vincent, Public Program Coordinator Right now, the last generation of Monarch butterflies in our region are completing their life cycles.  The Monarchs we are seeing now are likely three to four generations removed from their ancestors that arrived here in early summer. Last week, photographer and DNS board …

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