Mayflies

Mayflies

Mayflies, or shadflies are hatching in great numbers. Relatives of dragonflies and damselflies, these short-lived insects belong to an order fittingly named Ephemeroptera. There are many species all over the world and in our area. They became known as...
River Otters

River Otters

by Trudy Irvine, PaBIA Education Committee A day trip to the Key Harbour area this past Saturday resulted in my first sighting of a North American River Otter. With my dogs and the rest of my party forging ahead on a walkabout of the outer island on which we had...
Marvelous Mergansers

Marvelous Mergansers

by Trudy Irvine, PaBIA’s Education Committee How many mergansers do you see in this photo? Three dozen or so? Mother mergansers have their work cut out for them- with the crisply colored green and white males departing shortly after breeding in the spring, the...
Channel Cat

Channel Cat

by Trudy Irvine, PaBIA’s Education Committee This amazing photo above of a lynx (or bobcat?) was taken just west of Steamboat Channel last week. A family was out fishing just west of the narrows about 8 p.m. and noticed the cat 50 feet further to their west,...

Owls in the…Peacock Family?

by Trudy Irvine, Education Committee Barry Peacock and Elizabeth Anderson-Peacock and their grandchildren were able to take a few pages out of Farley Mowat’s Canadian classic Owls in the Family earlier this season by watching a nest of Great Horned Owl owlets on...
Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

Squadrons of dragonflies have appeared in the skies of Georgian Bay. The sky in the lee of the closest cedars looks like the busiest airfield imaginable, with masses of them hovering, zigzagging, climbing and diving as they feed and mate on the wing. Like sharks,...