Packing up your picnic or campsite?
Please be sure your leftover propane cylinders don’t go into the garbage or recycling!
These cylinders contain pressurized gas and chemicals, so safe and proper disposal is crucial to make sure nothing harmful leaks into Ontario’s groundwater and waterways.
Here’s what you should do instead:
Continue reading Empty propane cylinder? Orange Drop to the rescue!
Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the survival of Ontario’s native animal and plant life. They are also costly to manage, harmful to international trade, and a risk to human health.
Become an Invasive Species Fighter, and help us stop their arrival and spread.
Your training begins now…
Continue reading Meet the invaders
Killarney Provincial Park is home to the sparkling white La Cloche Mountains, verdant green forests and brilliant blue lakes. Visitors come to hike, paddle and camp in these beautiful surroundings.
Killarney is also a hotspot for “citizen science.” The park invites visitors to help them count things like butterflies, winter birds and that iconic northern bird with its haunting call, the Common Loon.
Continue reading Making a weekend of the Killarney Spring Loon Count
Calling all citizen scientists!
Grab your paddle and join us for the 22nd Annual Loon Counts at Killarney Provincial Park.
Today’s post comes from Assistant Ecologist and Piping Plover specialist Ian Fife.
If you’ve visited some of our popular Great Lakes beaches, you may have noticed restricted areas for a tiny bird no larger than a sparrow.
What’s so important about these birds, and why do we fence off parts of our beaches to protect them?
Continue reading Piping Plovers
To help celebrate our 125th anniversary, Ontario Parks has organized a series of stewardship programs. These events are happening throughout the year and across the province to help protect biodiversity in provincial parks.
Stewardship programs have included BioBlitz events, invasive species removal, and native species plantings.
On Earth Day, park staff and an eager group of volunteers at Rondeau Provincial Park helped to restore the natural habitat in the park by planting native trees and shrubs.
Continue reading Earth Day tree planting at Rondeau Provincial Park
Welcome to the May installment “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.
Did you know Saturday (May 12, 2018) is International Migratory Bird Day! What a wonderful reason to highlight sites renowned for migrating songbirds!
In today’s post, we’re chatting about two of Ontario’s southern-most Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas:
Continue reading IBAs of Ontario Parks: spring migration on Lake Erie
The late-winter wait for spring can be almost painful. Enough of cold, snow and hibernating wildlife. When can I go outside without a jacket? Disappearing snow, robins on the lawn might be enough for some, but not for me.
Then finally…Yes! I hear it. rrrrRRRRT, rrrrRRRRT, rrrrRRRRT! The Presqu’ile Provincial Park pannes have come through once again with my first real sign of spring – the calling of the Western Chorus Frogs.
Continue reading The pannes of Presqu’ile
This post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
As the snow melts in the spring, you can often spot leftover trash along our roads, sidewalks, and trails.
How many times have you walked past this trash while out for a walk, run, or jog? Did you pick it up, or leave it on the ground?
A new environmentally friendly workout trend is encouraging you to stop and pick up litter during your outdoor exercises.
It’s called plogging, and it’s an amazing way to keep our environment and our bodies healthy at the same time.
Continue reading Let’s go plogging!
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Leader David Bree at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
“EI” is a term we use a lot at Ontario Parks.
EI stands for ecological integrity, or the biodiversity and naturalness of an ecosystem. Protecting and restoring the ecological integrity of our provincial parks is vitally important to us.
2018 marks Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary. To help celebrate this milestone, the public will be invited to give back, learn, and participate in a series of stewardship programs to help protect biodiversity in provincial parks. Stewardship programs include BioBlitz events, invasive species removal, and native species planting to name a few.
At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, our money went towards removal of a nasty invasive species: Buckthorn.
Continue reading OP125 stewardship projects: Bye bye, Buckthorn!