Monarch butterflies can have an aggressive side

While I’ve written stories about Monarch butterflies before, and I’m sure you’ve read or watched something about their amazing migration to Mexico, this story will touch on a much darker aspect of their lives: their uncontrollable aggression. As I lounged on my friend Dianne’s front yard watching the beautiful Monarch butterflies flying around, their orange […]

Gerrard canoe planted to mark two buried creeks

Most canoes do best when they keep water out, but not the one docked in the Gerrard India Bazaar. Filled with soil and native plants, the bright blue canoe at Gerrard Street and Rhodes Avenue is enjoying a second life as a garden bed. Planted two weeks ago by volunteer “park rangers” working on a […]

Witnessing the birth of a butterfly

I’ve done owl releases, fox releases, turkey releases, and even mink releases, but the other day I was present for something a lot smaller, but just as special: a butterfly release. My adventure began when I met with Jennifer Ballantine and her mother Sandy. The two have been raising monarch butterflies for about four years, […]

Cooler weather means great wildlife

I don’t know about all of you, but for me this is the most wonderful time of the year. Many people love the hot summer weather, but give me a crisp north-westerly wind and the rich colours of fall and I’ll see you outside. My love for this season goes beyond the weather, of course. […]

Family day trip surrounded by butterflies

Outside the sky was grey and, for the fourth day in a row, it was raining.  My daughter Julie and I walked into the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory and I felt like we had entered a tropical paradise.  The air was warm and humid but our eyes didn’t know which way to look first. We […]