Guest blogger: David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Migration is a miracle of nature that has fascinated humans since… well since forever. Where do these creatures come from? Where do they go? How do they know when to leave? Many of those questions have been answered over the years but there are still many mysteries to uncover. September is the height of fall migration, and with great weather, smaller crowds, and many parks still open it’s a great time to do some migrating of your own and go out to witness this phenomenon. Continue reading Witness the phenomenon of fall migration in Ontario Parks
Have you ever heard the call of a whip-poor-will? Unlike many other birds, its call is very distinctive. The eastern whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) is a “name-sayer” and certainly a vociferous one, with records of calls repeated over 1000 times!
Continue reading Species at risk: researching eastern whip-poor-wills in Algonquin Provincial Park
Need a flashlight? Looking for easy campsite recipes or a trail to hike? How about a new outdoor game for kids? Camping apps have exploded over the last two years. Continue reading There’s an app for that!
March is a great time to experience owls in Ontario Parks; some are nesting and many will be hooting to proclaim their territories. Plan your own owl prowl during March Break in a provincial park. Park staff suggest an evening walk in an area with lots of cover. Go on a still night when there’s little wind. Owls don’t tend to call on a windy night and it’s difficult to hear them or be heard! Continue reading March is for Owl Prowls
Every March, the sap flows from trees and birds begin their journey north making pit stops at parks along the lower Great Lakes. The weather is milder allowing for more outdoor play. Special March Break events for 2013 are planned in many Ontario Parks including a maple syrup festival, a fun cross-country ski touring event and two big birding festivals. Guided hikes and natural heritage activities are planned for March weekends in select Ontario Parks across the province. Continue reading 2013 March Break events at Ontario Parks
1. Skiing: Algonquin’s networks were recently listed by Canadian Geographic Travel in their “10 Best Cross Country Ski Trails.” There are two groomed and track set networks at Fen Lake (km 0) and Leaf Lake (km 54). Continue reading 10 reasons to explore Algonquin Provincial Park THIS winter
Looking for a natural way to celebrate Family Day? These Family Day events at Algonquin Provincial Park and The Pinery Provincial Park are just two of several Family Day celebrations taking place at Ontario Parks in 2013. Continue reading Family Day and Valentine’s Day in Ontario Parks
Did you know winter is one of the best times to learn birdwatching?
There are fewer birds to identify and birds are easier to spot. Continue reading Learn to birdwatch at Killarney Provincial Park
Need a way to get your kid more active this summer? Try one of Ontario Parks’ amazing Natural Heritage Education (NHE) programs. Kids can run around, explore, and interact with other kids in safe park settings. The Natural Heritage Education programs are led by knowledgeable NHE leaders and the fee for most programs is included in the price of a day or overnight park permit. Continue reading Kids’ play at Ontario Parks
Killarney celebrated its 14th annual Christmas Bird Count with mild temperatures and no snow! This year’s count was unusual in that the temperatures were above freezing, with dense fog in the morning and rain in the afternoon. Continue reading Christmas (Birding) in Killarney