Stormy Skies over Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

Stormy Skies over Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

val marie, saskatchewan, near Grasslands National Park

Waking up extra early in Val Marie had its advantages.  Bob and I had time for a stroll around the village before it was time for breakfast.  At the bottom of Centre Street, the Val Marie Elevator stood tall. Read more

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

baltimore checkerspot butterfly, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

Back in June of 2017, Bob and I became aware of some Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies that had been observed in Toronto.  We were really struck by the beauty of these butterflies, a species that we had never seen before. Read more

Driving the Ecotour Road to Borderlands Lookout in Grasslands National Park

Driving the Ecotour Road to Borderlands Lookout in Grasslands National Park

borderlands lookout, grasslands national park, saskatchewan

On our first full day at Grasslands National Park, after waking up very early and having a hearty breakfast, we took the advice of our hostess and set out on Ecotour 1 to Borderlands Lookout.  It was a relaxing way to start our explorations on the heels of a very long travel day. Read more

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make this video as part of my wife’s, Jean’s, birthday gift.  As you will see, this video highlights our travels to South Africa, and it features Jean.

Hopefully, you all enjoy it, and in a small way, you are able to take a short virtual tour of South Africa with Jean.

For now, because of the pandemic, we remain “Out Of Africa”.  Hopefully someday, Jean and I, and all of you, will be able to head back “Into Africa”.

 

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Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Mandarin Ducks breed in Eastern Siberia as far south as North Korea, and they winter by choice in southern China and Japan.  So, when a Mandarin Duck like Eddie shows up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, it creates a lot of excitement. Read more

From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

jean at agrituismo forzello, po river delta, italy

Bob and I spent the morning strolling the fields and pastures of our hosts at Agriturismo Forzello before setting off on our search for the colony of Greater Flamingos.  There were a couple of potential locations within Parco Veneto del Delta del Po National Park. Read more

A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park

A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park
an Eastern Milksnake in Rouge National Urban Park, Markham, Ontario

Pandemic birding and nature hikes have kept us close to home since March of 2020, and one of our favorite places to get outdoors is in Rouge National Urban Park.  On an early June day, we were very fortunate to see an Eastern Milksnake in Bob Hunter Memorial Conservation Area. Read more

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

cecropia moth caterpillar, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

On a late July afternoon, on his way to a local farmer’s market, Bob made a brief stop at North Reesor Pond in Rouge National Urban Park.  His intention was to look for shorebirds, but with none presenting, he began to scour the reeds and bushes for insects.  That is when he happened upon this most unusual caterpillar, a Cecropia Moth Larva. Read more

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park, Markham

With the covid-19 virus still spreading and pandemic restrictions curtailing our activities, Bob and I found ourselves taking frequent walks in nature but staying close to home.  On one such outing, we came upon a pair of Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park. Read more

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