Welcome to our “Considerate Camper” series. These are posts with tips and reminders on how to keep our provincial parks clean and healthy. Already know how it’s done? Please share these posts along for less-experienced campers 🙂
We’re taking a leaf out of the Lorax’s book and speaking for the trees today!
When maintaining our campgrounds, we often notice marks in our trees. Many are from axes and nails, and plenty of trees have names, shapes and initials carved across their bark.
Did you know these holes and gouges risk the tree’s health and may result in its destruction?
Continue reading Considerate Camper: Keep our trees healthy
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie.
The Old Ausable Channel runs through Pinery Provincial Park and hosts an impressive variety of species, many of which are species-at-risk.
But over the past few years, we’ve noticed a lot of extra litter ending up in the channel…
Continue reading Fishing for popsicles at Pinery
Recently, Bon Echo Provincial Park took advantage of the bending and dampening properties of trees in order to save a number of them from removal during a construction project. Park Superintendent Clark Richards shares the story.
The challenge? Transporting a prefabricated cabin on a transport truck and trailer to the park.
The cabin had to be navigated through the narrow, single lane campground roads, eventually to be placed on an existing campsite.
Continue reading Tree bending at Bon Echo
We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park!
Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.
Continue reading Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award
Here at Ontario Parks, preserving the province’s ecological integrity is always on our minds.
You’ve heard about our bigger projects, like:
But did you know ecological integrity is part of our everyday jobs?
Check out these five “mini” ecological integrity tasks:
Continue reading 5 small ways we protect what’s precious
Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Jenni Kaija, who shares a story of ecological restoration unfolding at Long Point Provincial Park.
As I made my way down to the sandy shoreline of Cottonwood campground in Long Point Provincial Park, I was overjoyed to spot a huge flock of gull and tern species resting just off shore.
Fall is one of my favourite times to spend time in our provincial parks. Everything was quite peaceful, and the birds seemed to be enjoying the quiet as much as I was.
Continue reading Beach therapy: some TLC for our most popular shorelines
One of our naturalists left his letter to Santa out on his desk, and we wanted to share a copy, in case anyone out there wants to lend Mr. Claus a hand this year.
I don’t really need a lot this year as I have the privilege of working in one of our great provincial parks: Presqu’ile. Perhaps you’ve visited or seen it as you fly over?
It is pretty easy to pick out from the air, sticking into Lake Ontario like it does. We get lots of birds landing here on migration to rest, which many people like to come and see. You’d be welcome to have a break here too.
Continue reading A naturalist’s letter to Santa Claus
Biodiversity is a big word for the variety of life on Earth.
Biodiversity is you – and every other living thing on the planet. We see biodiversity every day, but it’s more than bugs and animals and trees. It’s about how everything is connected. If we lose one piece of biodiversity, the rest is affected.
Continue reading Why is biodiversity important?
If you’ve visited Presqu’ile Provincial Park lately, you’ve probably spotted staff and volunteers cutting down happy pine trees (during the Christmas season!) and feeding them (*GASP*) into the woodchipper.
You might even have pulled over to ask, in a little Cindy-Lou Who voice: Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?
Continue reading Don’t deck the Scots pine for Christmas