The dazzling tigers at Charleston Lake

Today’s post comes to us from Chris Robinson, Natural Heritage Education Leader at Charleston Lake Provincial Park.

This is a vibrant, colourful time of year at Charleston Lake Provincial Park, with lasting sunshine and seemingly endless days. June and July are also when butterfly watching is at its best!

Some of the park’s most showy butterflies are the tiger swallowtails, known for their large size, distinctive colours and streamer-like “tails” on their hindwings.

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Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count

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!

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Monarch Butterflies

Today’s post was written by summer student Danielle Bullen from Rondeau Provincial Park.

It’s that time of year again, and across Ontario, we’re starting to see those beautiful orange and black wings.

Monarch Butterflies come all the way from Mexico over a few generations, depending on the amount of milkweed available during their travels, spending summer here in Ontario.

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Making Pinery more butterfly friendly

In today’s post, summer student Barbara Alber shares a project she completed this year at Pinery Provincial Park.

Butterflies. They’re beautiful, they’re ecologically significant, and they’re one of the only insects that doesn’t make people squirm.

They’re also in trouble.

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10 signs of spring at Ontario Parks

Spring has sprung at Ontario Parks!

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the days of snow and sleet are (hopefully!) behind us. As the snow melts, enjoy the sensory delights of spring in our provincial parks as we see and hear signs of warm weather to come.

You know it’s spring in Ontario Parks when…

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Monarch migration: an awe-inspiring spectacle

Guest Blogger: Laura Penner
Natural Heritage Education Leader
Rondeau Provincial Park
 

September is a great time to come out and enjoy all of nature’s colours. The goldenrod is in bloom, and the vibrant purple blooms of cylindrical blazing star dot the dunes along Lakeshore Ave. You may even see the black and orange wings of a monarch butterfly as it stops to feed on one of these colourful flowers. Continue reading Monarch migration: an awe-inspiring spectacle

Killarney’s 15th Annual Butterfly Count: What’s Happening with Killarney’s Butterflies?

On July 7, Killarney Provincial Park celebrated the 15th Annual Butterfly Count completing a decade and a half long snapshot of its butterflies.  The event provides volunteers with an opportunity to learn about and make a connection with our spectacular butterflies. Continue reading Killarney’s 15th Annual Butterfly Count: What’s Happening with Killarney’s Butterflies?