There is currently a fish and bird die-off in the Wasaga Beach area. The die-off has now been confirmed to be from Type E botulism.
Die-offs caused by botulism occur annually around the Great Lakes. Continue reading Fish and Bird Die-off at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park – update
There is currently a fish and bird die-off in the Wasaga Beach area. The die-off is believed to be from Type E botulism.
Small-scale fish and bird die-offs are common on the Great Lakes.
Please do not handle dead or dying fish or birds. Park staff is aware of the problem and is working to dispose of dead fish and birds.
While visiting Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, please keep pets on a leash at all times and away from dead or dying animals. Beach Area 3 is the authorized pet beach area in the park.
Read more about botulism in fish and wildlife.
Back in June we reported that there were two Piping plover nests at the park’s Beach Area One. Each nest had four eggs and all of the eggs have since hatched. Unfortunately three chicks did not survive. Two were lost to predation and one to illness. Continue reading Plover Chicks Take Flight at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Two Piping plover nests at Beach Area 1 are being monitored by Ontario Parks staff and our dedicated guardian volunteers. For the last few weeks the adult plovers have been taking turns incubating the eggs and park staff believe there are four eggs in each nest. Continue reading Plover Update At Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
We are nearing the end of our Festival of Flight which celebrates the spring migration of songbirds through the area. Although the weather was cool and wet most days, we still had some very special visitors. Continue reading Special visitors stop by Festival of Flight at Rondeau
You will remember our earlier blog posting about Wings of Spring at Rondeau Provincial Park.Wings of Spring at Rondeau Provincial Park.
This past weekend, The Friends of Rondeau held their annual celebration of the spring migration of waterfowl and Tundra swans. Unfortunately nature doesn’t always pay attention to dates. Rondeau Bay was almost completely frozen on the first day of the festival which meant no Tundra swans. Continue reading Wings of spring!
A sure sign of spring is when the birds begin to arrive at Ontario Parks. Continue reading Spring Birdwatching at Ontario Parks
In an earlier blog posting, we mentioned Killarney’s Christmas Bird Count. This year’s count recorded one of the highest number of species since our Killarney count began in 1998.
And it included a total of 32 species and 474 birds. Here’s a breakdown. Continue reading Results are in – 13th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Killarney
A couple of weeks ago, Ontario Parks posted winter camping opportunities. This week, we look at park activities to get you outside and energized. For more ideas, you can search Ontario Parks by services, activities and seasons here. Continue reading Ontario Parks for outdoor lovers
In May of 2010, the Piping plovers returned once again to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park – for the third year in a row! The spring and summer of 2010 has been both rewarding and challenging, as four nests were lost as the result of natural predation and weather. Continue reading Protecting the Piping Plover