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The (Not So) Secret Woods of Early Spring

I love this time of year— early spring: the snow is gone but nothing much is leafing out yet, so you can see the bones of the landscape. Even without the anticipation of the spring birds arriving almost daily, early spring is an exciting time. We can walk more easily through the woods now that the snow is gone, and we can see far into the trees without giving ourselves away. A couple of weeks ago, I was on my way into the woods for an early morning walk, when I noticed some movement about 200 metres ahead of me. I could clearly see a line of female turkeys scuttling across their usual path through the woods. And when I brought my binoculars up for a closer look? A young doe bringing up the rear! She froze, and we stood “binocular-to-eye” as I waited for her to move on. After… Read more »

Spring Bingo for 2020 April 04

Here’s the Headwaters Nature Bingo page of clues for the next several weeks! We’re now encouraging you to include up to three of your personal observations that go beyond the list of 22 other observations! Make this your own challenge — and include observations that mean a lot to you! (I am personally going to include the Merlins that I saw earlier this week in downtown Orangeville. They were exciting to see!) Send your observations to the Webmaster for prizes of ‘inestimable value’! Here’s a printable blank bingo card (including instructions) for you to use if you wish. We’re also including a printed version of the current clues: Wild Leeks / Ramps (poking above the ground; bonus point for sustainably digging and eating one leek! Woolly Bear caterpillar (bonus point: what is the name of the moth, and what colour is it?) Baby bird of any species and name the… Read more »

What’s in a name?

We are Headwaters Nature, a group of nature enthusiasts, in the beautiful Headwaters region of Southern Ontario, around Orangeville. We live and explore nature in the Headwaters of the Credit, Humber, Nottawasaga, Saugeen, and Grand Rivers. All six are functionally the same. All are the website addresses or URLs for the rejuvenated website for our Headwaters Nature club. It doesn’t matter whether you include ‘www’ or not. It doesn’t matter if you include ‘https” or not. It doesn’t matter whether anything is capitalized or not. All the various options end up sending you to this website. Please bookmark this and refer to it regularly. We see this name,, as having various possible interpretations. Firstly, ‘ON’ could stand for Ontario, the home province of our club. Or it could mean ‘on the topic of’ Nature within the Headwaters region: “exploring nature in the Headwaters… Read more »