Today’s post comes from Mark Read, our Discovery leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
This blog is not going to be an identification guide; nor is it going to be packed full of mind-blowing facts.
Instead, it is more of a celebration of the fungal diversity found in Ontario.
I hope that along the way you’ll be encouraged to take a closer look at these fascinating organisms that play such a critical role in maintaining the ecological integrity of our parks!
Continue reading A virtual fungus foray
Today’s post comes from Rachelle Law, a Discovery leader at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Are you looking for a fun do-it-yourself project to do this summer?
Would you love a solution to the amount of pesky mosquitoes in your backyard?
Are you passionate about creating habitats for wildlife?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this blog is for you!
Continue reading How to build a bat box
Are you new to parks, or maybe a park veteran looking to brush up on your knowledge?
We’ve assembled a handy guide to all the terms you’ll need to know and understand before you visit the park…
Continue reading An Ontario Parks glossary
Did you know snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes?
Snowflake identification is a fun and easy way to get kids outdoors in the winter, and spark an interest in science.
Why not turn your next winter adventure into a lesson on snowflake identification?
Continue reading How to identify snowflakes
We’re making the switch from citizen science to community science.
Here at Ontario Parks, we love it when our visitors can get involved in science.
From iNaturalist to Bumblebee Watch, eBird, bioblitzes, and more, volunteers help us to collect important information about our parks.
These efforts help us to understand how plant and animal populations are changing over time, and help us to discover previously unknown populations of rare species. They also allow us to react quickly if someone discovers an invasive species in a new area.
Continue reading Join our community of science
Today’s post comes from David LeGros, park naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park.
Even though our parks are currently closed, I’ve noticed people are continuing to submit observations to iNaturalist.
At first, I was a little worried that people were entering parks during the closure, but on closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised.
Continue reading Armchair observations and sticking close to home
Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Centre.
Outdoor adventurers: we need your help. Invasive species are infiltrating our parks and protected areas, but if we don’t know where they are, it’s tough to stop their spread.
Become an Invasive Species Fighter by reporting any suspected sightings of invasive species!
Continue reading EDDMapS: report your invasive species sightings
For the 21st year in a row, Killarney Provincial Park is hosting its Annual Butterfly Count.
And if you’re heading to Killarney on July 13, 2019, we’d like your help!
Continue reading Calling all citizen scientists: come to the Killarney Butterfly Count
Many Ontario Parks have their “signature” wildlife: commonly-encountered and charismatic animals that most park visitors hope to catch a glimpse of during their stay.
Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is named for the iconic Woodland Caribou. Murphys Point Provincial Park is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the elusive Gray Ratsnake. Rondeau Provincial Park is the place to see the rare Prothonotary Warbler.
But did you know Grundy Lake Provincial Park is the place to see a Blanding’s Turtle?
Continue reading Spring is turtle season at Grundy Lake
Calling all citizen scientists!
Grab your paddle and join us for the 23rd Annual Loon Counts at Killarney Provincial Park.