Today’s post comes from Anna Scuhr, a naturalist with Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The arrival of snow and ice transforms the rugged landscape of Lake Superior Provincial Park into a stunningly beautiful, albeit unforgiving place to live.
As temperatures drop, the park can accumulate up to six feet of snow in the interior. The snow makes just about every aspect of an animal’s life more challenging.
Northern winters are a true test of an animal’s fitness. Let’s look at how they adapt to survive long, harsh winters.
Continue reading The scavenger hunt for survival
“The early bird gets the worm” usually makes us think of robins.
But the real early bird isn’t Robin Red-Breast. It’s the Canada Jay, also known as the whiskeyjack or Gray Jay.
Continue reading Canada Jays: the real early birds
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Leader David Bree at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
With the onset of winter, we often think of nature going into a slumber, but while she slows down, there is still lots going on outside. Winter provides a better opportunity to learn what the animals of our fields and forests are up to than do the warmer seasons.
I am, of course, talking about tracking, tracking in the snow.
Continue reading How to be a winter wildlife detective
Pop quiz: do beavers hibernate? In today’s post, Discovery Specialist Dave Sproule answers common questions about beavers.
Continue reading The beaver in winter
In the first three posts in this series (Part 1 – Origins, Part 2 – The Formation of Stars, and Part 3 – Planets and the Conditions Necessary for Life), we discussed our origins from the Big Bang to the formation of our solar system and the basic ingredients that allowed life to develop and flourish on our planet.
In this final installment, we discuss what may happen next. As in the first three articles, we will use imagery taken from our observatories in Killarney Provincial Park.
Continue reading From the Big Bang to beyond: the astronomical origins of the universe – part 4
Today’s post was written by Connor Oke, a marketing intern at Ontario Parks, using information provided by Mark Read, a senior Discovery ranger at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
If Canada is known for one thing, it’s for our long, cold winters.
Wild animals rely on evolution and natural adaptations to survive until spring. The strategies they’ve developed are varied and, simply, incredible.
Here are six species, sporting six different ways Ontario Parks’ wildlife makes it through the winter:
Continue reading How 6 species at Ontario Parks survive the winter
“Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows…”
We’ve all heard the famous Christmas carol about Rudolph and his “very shiny nose.”
But did you know that Rudolph and the other reindeer who pull Santa’s heavy sleigh are actually Caribou?
Continue reading Rudolph the red-nosed…Caribou?
Today’s post comes from Brianne Brothers, a zone ecologist from our southwestern parks.
Ah, snow. A substance that truly embodies what it means to be Canadian.
While many of us struggle with the idea of enjoying something that inflicts hard physical labour and white-knuckled driving, it truly is clean, fresh, and beautiful.
In that light, please grab a cup of coffee and a cozy window seat, and let’s explore the science of snow.
Continue reading The science of snow
Did you know snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes?
Snowflake identification is a fun and easy way to get kids outdoors in the winter, and spark an interest in science.
Why not turn your next winter adventure into a lesson on snowflake identification?
Continue reading How to identify snowflakes
Calling all teachers…
Ontario is one huge place. Most of us spend the majority of our time in one small section of the province.
But there is a vast expanse waiting to be explored.
We’ve partnered with Canadian Geographic for something big. GIANT, you could say.
We’re excited to unfold the Ontario Parks Giant Floor Map, and explore it with students across the province.
Continue reading Canadian Geographic’s Ontario Parks Giant Floor Map: bringing parks to the classroom