Noise annoys

How do birds cope with our increasingly noisy world?

The world is a noisy place, and that can pose problems for animals that depend on hearing each other’s sounds to find out about food, predators, and mates. Many species of mammals, birds, fish, and frogs produce louder, longer, or higher-pitch calls in noisy places, to be heard above the noise. But those altered sounds may not be good enough – they may not travel as far or convey the same information as normal songs.

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Soundscapes from across Ontario

 One of my favourite signs is from a lookout over the Grand Canyon.  It simply says,

ONE MINUTE.
DON’T READ.
DON’T TALK.
NO PHOTOS.
JUST LOOK…..AND SEE.
It is something that I hope you will do often when you visit our parks or other natural areas in Ontario.  But how about this variation?

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Why fire is sometimes a good thing

Wildfires cause a lot of destruction each summer – there are dramatic videos and pictures in the news every year.  So why did Ontario Parks purposely light a park on fire this May?

In some parts of Ontario, fires used to be a common, natural part of the landscape.  Some ecosystems and species need fire in order to survive and are now disappearing from the province.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and many non-government organizations (like Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and Tallgrass Ontario) are dedicated to understanding the role of fire in Ontario, and to using fire to restore unique communities of plants and animals.

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