Why do we leave dead trees in the forest?

Today’s post comes from Sheila Wiebe, a marketing and development specialist at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Provincial parks are all about protection. We protect significant natural ecosystems and habitats while offering many outstanding and sustainable recreational opportunities for the people of Ontario. This isn’t always an easy task. Invasive species have challenged our ecosystem management, … Continue reading Why do we leave dead trees in the forest?

Waldeinsamkeit: solitude in the forest

Picture this: you’re alone, deep into a forested trail. Your only companions are the birds fluttering from branch to branch around you. As you walk, you follow a corridor made of pillars of ancient trees, and smell the earthy aroma of moss and damp leaves. How do you feel? It’s hard to describe, but the … Continue reading Waldeinsamkeit: solitude in the forest

Healing in the forest: a guide to forest bathing

Let’s take a walk in the woods. With no specific destination in mind, we will wander, observe and immerse ourselves in nature. Allow our senses to guide us. When was the last time you walked into the woods with no plans? No final destination? Without a species to ID, hill to climb, or lookout to … Continue reading Healing in the forest: a guide to forest bathing

A forest of friends

Today’s post comes to us from Heather Stern, a naturalist at Bon Echo Provincial Park.  Many people visit parks each summer for vacation, relaxation, adventure, or more generally, a break from city life. These are all great reasons to get outside and enjoy nature. However, while visitation to provincial parks is increasing, we want knowledge … Continue reading A forest of friends

Learning in the forest at MacGregor Point

When you think back to your childhood, what are some of your best memories? Likely a lot of them involved playing and exploring in the outdoors. Unfortunately, many children today don’t get this opportunity. Kids are often kept indoors by electronics and other distractions. They miss out on the developmental benefits of outdoor play. This … Continue reading Learning in the forest at MacGregor Point

The boreal forest: Ontario’s songbird nursery

Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Specialist Dave Sproule. Migrating birds are already arriving along the edges of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and many southern parks have birding events and festivals. But for most of the migrants, these parks are just a rest stop after crossing those big stretches of water. Their destination … Continue reading The boreal forest: Ontario’s songbird nursery

The White Moose Forest

Everyone knows that Moose are brown, even if they’ve never seen one in person. Big and brown. Even Bullwinkle, the famous cartoon Moose is brown. Moose calves can be very light-coloured when they are very young — even a bright cinnamon colour, but they always turn brown as they get older. Always. There is a … Continue reading The White Moose Forest

IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

Welcome to the September installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada. Break out the champagne! We don’t often add new IBAs to the Canadian family of sites, so when we do, it’s a special occasion. The all-new Frontenac Forests Important Bird and Biodiversity … Continue reading IBAs of Ontario Parks: the Frontenac Forests IBA

IBAs of Ontario Parks: Turkey Point and the Norfolk Forest Complex IBA

Welcome to the August installment of “IBAs in provincial parks,” brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada. Summer is a perfect time to talk about Turkey Point Provincial Park and the Norfolk Forest Complex IBA! These forests are known for supporting a rich breeding bird community, as well as an … Continue reading IBAs of Ontario Parks: Turkey Point and the Norfolk Forest Complex IBA