Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Leader David Bree at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
It was a wet year for provincial parks in 2017.
If you visited Lake Ontario this spring, you know water levels reached record highs. By early May, the lake was 10 cm higher than the highest it had ever been since records started in 1918. This is also a full metre higher than average.
The damage this caused has been well-documented. At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, we had flooded facilities, lost land to erosion, and had to close for four weeks in June to prevent more damage to our soggy landscape.
The flood was certainly an inconvenience to us, but what effect did it have on the nature and wildlife of the park?