The iconic Canadian moose is the largest mammal to roam in Algonquin Provincial Park and thousands of park visitors delight in spotting them every year.
Yet did you know these majestic animals are sometimes under attack by a blood-sucking parasite the size of a grain of quinoa? Multiply these voracious vampires by the thousands on a single moose and you have relentless grooming that causes some moose to lose their hair and increase their risk of dying from hypothermia.
So what causes this maddening and potentially lethal infestation? Continue reading Ticks and itches lead to moose hair loss
Have you ever heard the call of a whip-poor-will? Unlike many other birds, its call is very distinctive. The eastern whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) is a “name-sayer” and certainly a vociferous one, with records of calls repeated over 1000 times!
Ontario Parks is nature’s classroom. You can Learn to Camp> or choose from a wide range of other learning activities organized by park staff or by Friends of Ontario Parks in 2013: Continue reading 10 things (we bet you didn’t know) about Ontario Parks
In the fall of 2012, Killbear Provincial Park began cutting down thousands of American beech trees infected with beech bark disease. These trees were in danger of falling on campsites, park roads and trails. Beech bark disease can weaken tree trunks and cause them to snap unexpectedly. Continue reading Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park
As part of the Ministry of Natural Resources’ September 2012 transformation announcement, Ontario Parks will change the designation of a number of provincial parks, including Springwater Provincial Park, from operating to non-operating. In deciding which parks to re-designate, we looked at many factors including low visitation rates, low cost recovery, and the upcoming need for investment in capital upgrades to remain operational. Continue reading Springwater
The combination of extreme drought last summer and an invading insect-fungus complex called Beech Bark Disease (BBD) has resulted in the death of many beech trees throughout this park. Continue reading Beech Bark Disease changes landscape at Killbear Provincial Park
With a little help from our friends…
In celebration of their 20 year anniversary, Friends of Lake Superior planted 250 white pine and white spruce trees in the Agawa Bay campground of Lake Superior Provincial Park. Continue reading 20th Anniversary of Niijkiwenhwag – Friends of Lake Superior