DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES The common earwig was not always common in this area. The curved pincers indicate this is a male. As formidable as they look, earwigs cannot bite, sting or pinch.

Summer '65: Season of the earwig

Ah, summer -- the time of year when memories are made: new friends, fresh adventures, first love. I can well remember the summer of '65, as that was w

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Couchiching Conservancy will take visitors on a tour of a local wetland during an upcoming program.

Explore wetland area's diversity

The most interesting spots in the natural world are often at the edges -- where wet meets dry, where shade meets sunlight, where granite meets limesto

BOB BOWLES/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES The big brown bat was once common in Simcoe County.

Bacteria could be bats' lifeline

There was a time not long ago when you could sit in your easy chair by the lake during and watch a great display of nature activities. It would start

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