Why do birds migrate?

As summer approaches, a good number of birds chased south by our cold winters return to brighten our surroundings. This annual migration is caused by a desire to return to…

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The remarkable wood duck

Seen more and more frequently in southern Quebec, the wood duck (Aix sponsa), dazzles the observer with its plumage and fascinates with its tree-related activities. This close relative of the…

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The eastern cottontail rabbit, in town and country

The eastern cottontail rabbit, which is present in much of the United States, moved into southern Ontario in the 1860s. Since then, it has moved progressively north, taking advantage of…

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The friendly blackcapped chickadee

The black-capped chickadee is tiny, but its liveliness, resiliency and sociability are impressive. It can be identified by its black cap and bib, white cheeks and, in particular, by its…

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The ghostly Canada lynx

The boreal forest shelters a big, very low-profile, wild cat: the Canada lynx. This northern feline is particularly well adapted to snow and cold. Its presence is closely linked to…

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The hoot of the great horned owl

You’ll recognize it by its size – its wingspan is 150 cm, or about 59 inches – its yellow eyes and its head with long feathery ear tufts, or “horns”….

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The red squirrel: impudent and rowdy

Fall is a busy season for the red squirrel. Because it’s active all year round, it stores food in preparation for winter. Let’s take this opportunity to observe its comings…

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The red oak: a self-portrait

“I am a red oak (Quercus rubra), the most common oak in Eastern Canada. My species is fairly abundant in southern Québec but nonetheless, I consider myself quite exceptional. For…

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The smelly striped skunk

The striped skunk is rightly associated with the nauseating smell it releases. Its scientific name, Mephitis mephitis, derives from a classical Latin word meaning “rotten unpleasant odour”. Taking advantage of…

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The charming, voracious praying mantis

The intriguing praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) charms us with its triangular head, its staring eyes and in particular, its long, thorny front legs folded back upon themselves like a boxer…

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