Species at risk: researching eastern whip-poor-wills in Algonquin Provincial Park

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!

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Dramatic Changes at Killbear Provincial Park

Harold Point campground
Harold Point campground

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

Tracking mysteries at Ontario Parks

On winter mornings especially after a light dusting of snow, animal tracks deposited under the cover of darkness provide clues about wildlife inhabiting Ontario Parks – tracks left in snow, chewed bark on or around a tree, snapped twigs, traces of urine, blood, or feathers or even evidence of a life and death struggle. Continue reading Tracking mysteries at Ontario Parks

Firewood Can Destroy Millions of Trees

Did you know that transporting firewood allows invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer to spread? This insect will hide under the bark where you can’t see them! Something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from home or a park could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees! Continue reading Firewood Can Destroy Millions of Trees

Walking in the Rain

I love walking in the rain. First – as everyone is painfully aware – for half the year Canada is cold. Getting outside in warm weather is too precious an experience to be wasted waiting for a sunny day. Second – weather predictions are often woefully wrong, leaving you stuck at home when you could be enjoying a great day outside. Continue reading Walking in the Rain