Welcome to the July installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada.
This month, we’ll be talking about the Carden Alvar, a terrific example of harmony between Ontario Parks and the Important Bird & Biodiversity Area program.
Carden Alvar is a very special story, weaving together its rare habitat and species, and the stewardship efforts put forth to protect them.
Continue reading Carden Alvar Provincial Park and Important Bird & Biodiversity Area
For the 20th year in a row, Killarney Provincial Park is hosting its Annual Butterfly Count.
And if you’re heading to Killarney on July 14, 2018, we’d like your help!
Continue reading Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count
In today’s post, Killbear Naturalist Martha Martens recaps the park’s recent Bioblitz.
I didn’t know that it had been missing from my life, until I was introduced to it at the Killbear Bug Bioblitz on the weekend of June 9, 2018.
Continue reading The Killbear bug blitz
In celebration of Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary, Sandbanks Provincial Park is working with local students to rehabilitate one of its most important namesake features — the dunes!
Continue reading Saving sand by planting grass
When we think of bees, we often picture Honey Bees. We imagine a swarm buzzing around a honeycomb hive.
But the Honey Bee is just one of 400 different types of bees in Ontario (and we’re discovering new bee species all the time!).
And Honey Bees aren’t even a native species.
In fact, Honey Bees are relatively new to Ontario. They were an agricultural import, brought to North America for honey production and crop pollination. Before Honey Bees crossed the ocean, Ontario’s major pollinators were native bees, whose behaviour is often very different from the stereotypical honey bees.
Here are five other types of bees buzzing around our parks:
Continue reading Guess how many bee species call Ontario home?
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