Species of the Month, September 2021: Fascinating Fungus

Species of the Month, September 2021: Fascinating Fungus
by Inga Hinnerichsen
The good, the bad and the ugly…
and the weird and the wonderful, too
Enter the mysterious world of fungi, or at least, get a tiny scratch at the surface of this huge Kingdom. There are at least an

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Species of the Month, August 2021: Singing Insects

Species of the Month, August 2021: Singing Insects
by Mary Gartshore
With a flashlight, camera and patience you can enjoy the spectacle of singing insects in Norfolk County’s natural areas.
As the chorus of frogs and birds begins to wind down, singing insects begin to command the night airwaves. Singing

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Species of the Month May 2021: Bats

Species of the Month, May 2021: Bats
by Mary Gartshore
Bats are the only mammal species that can fly.
According to the fossil record, bats have been capable of flight for about 52 million years.  Bats belong to the mammalian order Chiroptera with over 1400 recognized species – the second-largest

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Species of the Month, April 2021: Yellow-Spotted Salamanders

Species of the Month, April 2021: Yellow-Spotted Salamanders
by Mary Gartshore
Salamanders dance but don’t sing.
Four species of large mole salamanders occur in the Carolinian Zone of Ontario.  These are Small-mouthed Salamander on Pelee Island and Blue-spotted, Jefferson and Yellow-spotted Salamanders on the mainland including Norfolk County.  Cross-breeding and

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Species of the month, February 2021: Pignut Hickory

Species of the month, February 2021:
Pignut Hickory, Carya glabra
by Mary Gartshore
Canada’s four hickory species occur in Norfolk County: Bitternut, Shagbark, Pignut and
Shellbark. The uncommon Pignut or Red Hickory (Carya glabra) often goes unnoticed in our landscape but can occur as a majestic lawn tree with the

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Species of the month, December 2020: Mustard Sallow

Species of the month, December 2020:
Mustard Sallow, Pyreferra hesperidago
by Mary Gartshore
The Mustard Sallow (Pyreferra hesperidago) is one of several moths that are active during late fall, winter and early spring.  On warm nights (15 C and above) they forage on sap and rotten fruit.  They use these

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