January 26, 2019

This column will undoubtedly make me very unpopular with some readers and very popular with others, but as a responsible wildlife biologist with a love for birds (and for cats too!), I simply cannot ignore it. I have actually written a whole book on the subject, but no...

February 11, 2018

Did you know that Lucky Diamond Rich holds the Guinness world record for having the most tattoos, essentially covering 100 percent of his body?

That Suresh Joachim Arulanantham ironed clothes for 55 hours and 5 minutes at Shopper’s World in Brampton, Ontario to set a G...

January 15, 2018

If you stood outside in any eastern Canadian city in January or February without a stitch of clothing on, you'd likely turn into a Popsicle in fairly short order. Instead, you find yourself donning a warm winter coat, thermal mitts and wool-lined boots. But what about...

May 4, 2017

My wife is terrified of swans. Back in 1957, while laying upon an air mattress on a small lake in Switzerland, Toni, then 15 years old, was suddenly beset upon by an angry parent swan with youngsters. She had not heard the warning cries of passersby on the shoreline to...

May 1, 2017

Imagine being out on the edge of a soggy field in early morning intently peering into some shrubbery for a closer peek at a small songbird. Suddenly you hear a very loud thump only a few feet away and you see a large branch weighing over ten pounds with its heavy end e...

May 18, 2016


Want to do something that not only helps reduce carbon emissions in the fight against climate change, but also minimizes the number of needless bird deaths in our cities?


Lobby the politicians in your city or town to enact bird-safe building standards so that migratin...

April 15, 2016

There is no shortage of folks in the world who claim that the Beatles’ music was often prophetic, but I wonder if even they had any idea of the growing importance of those lyrics from one of my favorite songs of theirs - “Blackbird singing in the dead of night….”

 It is...

March 10, 2016

In the last several years, I have seen hundreds of bald eagles join flocks of gulls to wade through mounds of human garbage in search of food in the Vancouver landfill site; they are also well known for stealing fish from hard-working ospreys. Neither behaviour speaks...

November 26, 2015

I was about halfway through scarfing down some beans on toast for my supper on a gorgeous summer evening in North Saanich, British Columbia when my next-door neighbor appeared through the patio door with a tiny brown bird cupped in her hands and a long, sad look on her...

August 25, 2015

Since retiring to the West Coast, specifically the Sidney area of Vancouver Island, I have been getting to know a whole new slew of bird species.   While I have seen a fair number of common ravens in my lifetime, they are extremely numerous in my neighborhood and I oft...

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