The Call of the Loon: The Mood of Ontario’s Wilderness

A loon’s mournful cry piercing the stillness of the night conjures up images of mist shrouded shorelines surrounded by deep primeval forests.

Luckily, loons are not so secretive that they don’t reveal their beauty to us. The Common Loon is a resident of many cottage country lakes, keeping a safe but visible and audible distance from human activity. For many of us, the loon provides that magical first connection to nature, making it a fitting subject for artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. Continue reading The Call of the Loon: The Mood of Ontario’s Wilderness

Piping Plovers Need Your Help!

Park staff at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park are looking for volunteers to assist with protecting recently hatched Piping Plover chicks.

Piping Plovers are one of Canada’s rarest birds and are under immediate threat of extinction. They have been listed as an endangered species and are protected under Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act. Continue reading Piping Plovers Need Your Help!

Ontario Parks Helps to Save Lives with Mountain Equipment Co-op

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has been a dedicated partner with Ontario Parks for almost ten years and for the 2008 season they have extended their hand in helping to save lives. This year, Ontario Parks is proud to announce that MEC is partnering with us in our Life Jacket Lending Program. Continue reading Ontario Parks Helps to Save Lives with Mountain Equipment Co-op

The Peregrine Falcon: Predator and Survivor

Out of the corner of your eye, a blurred streak catches your attention. You turn to look, but all you see are a few feathers gently floating to the ground. You may have just witnessed a peregrine falcon strike!

The peregrine falcon is known for its ability to silently hunt other birds on the wing, stooping to pluck them out of the sky at up to 300 kilometres per hour….a truly incredible natural phenomenon! And a natural subject for one of Robert Bateman’s four beautiful paintings created for Ontario Parks. Continue reading The Peregrine Falcon: Predator and Survivor

The Woodland Caribou- A Symbol of Ontario’s North

It is not surprising that Robert Bateman chose the woodland caribou as a subject to paint for Ontario Parks. This secretive dweller of the boreal forest is truly a creature of the north. Anyone who sees one of these magnificent creatures in the wild should consider themselves very lucky. Continue reading The Woodland Caribou- A Symbol of Ontario’s North