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We are currently receiving many submissions to our website and have quite a backlog. Your chances of being published quickly are greater if you are able to include a picture with your animal sighting report.

The Great Horned Owl

In this area, these birds nest in trees, both deciduous and coniferous, often in mixed forests and sometimes in urban areas.

Great Horned Owl in Canada

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Local Maple Syrup ... mmmm delicious!

Each morning in early spring, as the sun warms the trees, the system of vessels in the mighty Maple trees begin to raise sap up to the tree's uppermost branches, and in the evening the sap returns again to the roots of the tree where it is stored overnight ...

Trillium in Spring in Ontario

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Spring has sprung!

Spring is a great time to enjoy the area beauty spots, when tourist attractions are quieter and you can spend time outdoors enjoying the longer days and mild weather.

Trillium in Spring in Ontario

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Big female Snowy Owl on my barn

47 years later finally see my first wild Snowy! This large female seems to have found a regular perch top my barn. Not the greatest pics/vid yet but

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Albino Rat

My wife Lori spotted the Albino Rat sitting on neighbour's fence in back yard. In the middle of winter and middle of the day. Beautiful downtown Lakefield.

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Eastern Screech Owl

We live on a farm one hour north of Toronto. We have heard an owl calling many times in the evening. My husband noticed a lot of bird droppings on

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Why London, Ontario, is a great place to live

Why London Ontario is a great place to live, submitted by one of our readers - thank you Philip Pasma.

A diverse and growing downtown core provides a multitude of restaurants and bars that are both family and nightlife friendly. A wide assortment of eateries ensures that whatever your tastes may be, London has something to satisfy ...

London Ontario is a great place to live

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Its Snowmobile Time!

To ride a snowmobile on the O.F.S.C. Trails (Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs), or anywhere off your own property, in the Province of Ontario, a driver's license and valid insurance is required by all riders.

Ontario Snowmobiling

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Executive Home for Sale - St Thomas

This 6 bedroom home on 8.84 acres, with pool, hot-tub & river, is on the market! If your family enjoys an outdoor lifestyle, this home may be for you! Your money can buy so much more in St Thomas, Ontario! This home is listed at $945,000 ...

house for sale in St Thomas Ontario

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Coyote, Dog or Wolf? You tell me!

Not much of a story, this was captured on a trail cam near Port Burwell Ontario. This cam captures lots of wildlife but it's the first time I've seen

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Observation of an osprey in flight

First of all I must, as a measure of a truthful disclosure to anyone who reads this, say that everything I am about to disclose is absolutely the truth.

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Peregrine Falcons in Oshawa

I’ve been seeing these guys a lot this week. It is usually in the mornings (7:40 am) and yesterday around 2:30 - 3:00 pm. This morning I saw the pair

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My husband and I live just outside Hastings Ontario and have lived here for 7 years now, and till August 4 this year have never seen a peacock, never thought

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What is this bird?

This guy landed on the 7th floor windowsill at the downtown courthouse this past week, for a visit. Can you please tell me what it is? Perhaps one of

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The Raucous Blue Jay

The Blue Jays come to our bird feeder all year long and I love to hear their noisy call ... they let the other birds know when there are hawks flying around, they are like Mother Nature's early warning system ...

Canadian blue jay

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The Cardinal - one of our winter birds

In Canada, one the most distinctly plumed birds is the Cardinal. Of all the birds in Ontario, this brilliantly coloured bird is so spectacular that it is almost unmistakable. This is one of our non-migratory species so it is around the bird-feeders all year long, but shows up so well against the snow, in the winter time.

Snowmobile trail in Ontario

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Big Cats seen near London

Bibi from Belmont reported ... I had just brought our dogs in from a run in the side field, when I decided to go out and watch the sunset. Just before

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The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, can be seen in the northern hemisphere, including here in Southern Ontario. These mysterious lights have always fascinated me and on the occasions that I have observed them, the sight has ...

Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights

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The Chickadee

The cheerful call of the Chickadee is a welcome sound in the winter months as these little birds visit our bird-feeder. They are year-round residents in Southern Ontario, but we see them more often in the winter.

Chickadee in Canada

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Possums spotted in Ontario

Marion from Shelburne wrote to say ... We were driving along highway 89 about 10 km west of Shelburne when we saw the Possum crossing the road very slowly.

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Stoney Creek

This morning our indoor cat has been sitting on out windowsill watching something outside. Just determined, we have a possum scrounging through our recycling

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Red Tailed Hawk sightings

In June, Cindy from Scarborough wrote to say ... I work at a small Non-profit Housing Co-op in Scarborough, ON (located at Markham Rd and Blakemanor Blvd).

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Red Tail Hawks - East York

I have a pair of Red Tailed Hawks that built a nest in a large fir tree nearby my house. Everyday I see them fly back and forth with small twigs for the

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Snowy Owls across the area

Abraham Draycott from Cavan, Ontario, said ... I was walking the dogs on a trail system through the Cavan swamp and two days in a row I scared something

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Molly Joy's granddaughter, Molly. Sandra Joy's daughter

I am so grateful to have found this site. I have no words at the moment. All I can do is cry. Great grandparents were Pringle's.

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Big Cat in the Kawarthas

Its interesting to read recent comments as a lot online is quite old and my experience was this past summer. In 2015 I found a massive cat print in mid-May

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Face to face with a Coyote

Patti from Brantford wrote to say ... In the past, I have seen sightings of them in the fields, saw traces of their scat and noticed their tracks in the snow, but I never expected to see one resting directly in front of me along the path!

Ontario Coyote face to face

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Falcons are awesome!

Tammy, from London, Ontario, sent us her great shots of a bird of prey ...

Ontario Falcons

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More Bald Eagles in Ontario

Several of our readers wrote to tell us about their Bald Eagle sightings across Ontario ...

Ontario Bald Eagle sightings

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Possums around Ontario

Diane from Hamilton said ...I heard a noise in my yard. Turned on the light and staring back at me was a Possum! While closing the door she/he ran. This

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Seen in Oshawa - is this a Falcon or a Hawk?

Seen by Jakkie in Oshawa, Ontario - if you can identify this bird of prey, please let us know.

Falcon or Hawk in Oshawa

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Eagles - Balds and Goldens

Several of our readers wrote to report their Eagle sightings - some Bald Eagles and perhaps a Golden Eagle or two ...

Ontario Eagles - Balds and Goldens

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Stones 'n Bones Museum, Sarnia, Ontario

Ten thousand square feet filled with amazing exhibits including rocks and minerals, fossils and artifacts, butterflies and insects, mounted wildlife, sharks teeth & jaws, tools and artifacts from our indigenous peoples.

Stones 'n Bones Museum, Sarnia, Ontario

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Is this a Wolf?

I originally had a few sightings of this animal(s?) back in June 2017 when I was walking my dog on the trails behind our house in Cambridge, Ontario. There

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Our snowy sighting

While 4 wheeling behind our house in a sand quarry we came across a Snowy Owl. This was on June 9th 2018. It was beautiful and sitting on a pile of

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There's an Owl in the Barn!

Can anyone identify this Owl? It was sighted near Denfield, Ontario.

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Home Exchange Vacations

Here in Southern Ontario winter is just starting, and this is the perfect time to think about your next summer vacation! Have you thought about a Home Exchange?

Exchange homes with people around the world

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Winter in Ontario, Canada

I remember the first Winter I spent in Ontario here - we went for a drive to Port Stanley and were amazed to see that Lake Erie had frozen! We were used to large bodies of water around Britain being salt water, and therefore not freezing in the wintertime, but here was this huge lake, frozen solid as far as the eye could see! Lots of people here in Ontario enjoy skiing, ice skating and other outdoor activities in the winter.

Canadian Winter in Ontario

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Lorne Greene - famous Canadian Actor - Ben Cartwright Bonanza

Lorne Greene, best known for his role of Ben Cartwright in the TV series Bonanza - Lorne Greene

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Bayfield, quaint village, live theatre, Bayfield - great shopping,

Bayfield - on Lake Huron, Bayfield - a pretty village has great shopping, live theatre, great restaurants

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Elora, Ontario

Elora is a great place for a road trip at any time of year, but it is super good for finding those unique Christmas gifts for loved ones - especially as the village is holding a Starlight Shopping event on November 22 & 23 - stores will be open until 10:00 pm.

Elora Ontario

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Bird on the Balcony!

I saw this bird of prey on my balcony today October 21 around 3:30 pm. I live in North York, near Sheppard and Don Mills. I can't recognize this bird - actually I think it is the first time I have seen a bird of prey so close. Any help to recognize this bird is very welcome because I am very curious to know more about it!

Hawk sighted in Ontario

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Sunnybrook Farm Garden-level Guest Suite

Sunnybrook Farm Garden-level Guest Suite in St Thomas, Ontario, is a great place for a quiet weekend away this winter - there's a cozy wood fire and a relaxing hot-tub where you can unwind after a busy work week.

Sunnybrook Farm hot-tub

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Coming to Worship

Two Turkey vultures playing like a steeple.

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Up to 100 birds migrating along Don Valley

About 5 years ago I moved to a neighbourhood that edges onto the east side of the Don Valley, and I've noted that a couple times now I've seen a large

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Screech owl? Loves to play in sprinkler

Wednesday August 8, 2018 around 8:30 pm we turned on our sprinkler and this owl came for what we assumed was a drink.We shut sprinkler off so it would

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Owl Sighting

I saw this little guy this morning, he was about the size of a squirrel, sitting on my deck rail. I’m surprised how close he let me get. I'm not

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Hummers Hummers Everywhere

If one hummer is a delight, imagine have eight or nine flying around your head. These little wonders have taken up our back yard in Sault Ste Marie Ont.

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Flying over my house

I must have a nest close by. I see one hawk missing a lot of tail feathers scooping up the red winged blackbirds. They chase him all over. Recently

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