How will I know ecological integrity when I see it?

Preserving ecological integrity is a priority for all of us here at Ontario Parks. But just what does ecological integrity look like? Algonquin Provincial Park Naturalist David LeGros explains… When I start many of my evening programs at Algonquin, I often ask the audience if they like nature. Usually I get a lot of hands … Continue reading How will I know ecological integrity when I see it?

Algonquin’s second fall colours peak: the golden encore

Today’s post comes from Ian Shanahan, Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Provincial Park.  “Algonquin’s blazing landscape” is a term used to describe the park during the peak of fall colours, when the mid-slope of most Algonquin hillsides along the Highway 60 corridor truly seem ablaze with the bright oranges and reds of Sugar and … Continue reading Algonquin’s second fall colours peak: the golden encore

Ecosystems and music

Not sure exactly what “ecological integrity” means? Today’s post from Park Biologist Shannon McGaffey explains how ecological integrity is like music. Synergy: the creation of a whole that is bigger than the sum of the individual parts If you are listening to a symphony, you are not listening to two violins, one piano, three flutes, etc. … Continue reading Ecosystems and music

Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award

We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park! Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.

Downed trees become habitat for eastern red-backed salamanders

Today’s post comes from Laura Sagermann, a Natural Heritage Education leader from Bon Echo Provincial Park. Across Ontario, our provincial parks protect a wide range of diverse ecosystems and habitats from human impact, urban development and other environmental threats. However, this protected land is not immune to invasive species. These are non-native species that have been … Continue reading Downed trees become habitat for eastern red-backed salamanders

Ecopassages help wildlife cross roads safely

With Earth Day fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to talk about how our ecopassages are helping protect Ontario’s wildlife! You may have heard of wilderness corridors built for wildlife to cross over or under the TransCanada Highway. Ecopassages are mini versions of these, like a critter-sized subway tunnel passing under the road.

Learn to Camp wins an EECOM Award of Excellence!

EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication recognize individuals and organizations who have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens, and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy future.

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Piping Plover Program Won ECO Award

Congratulations to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (WBPP) staff, the many volunteers and the Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park for receiving the prestigious Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) 2013 Recognition Award for their role in protecting the endangered Piping Plovers. Listed as an endangered species in Canada and the United States, the arrival … Continue reading Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Piping Plover Program Won ECO Award