Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is continuing their support of research projects at Ontario Parks by hosting a raffle! In the past, MEC has supported Karner Blue butterfly research in Pinery Provincial Park (a species at risk), wolf research in Algonquin and a reforestation project at Sandbanks. Continue reading Help Support Salamander Research In Algonquin Provincial Park
Ontario Parks is excited to partner with Trees Ontario in its delivery of the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree program, and with Earth Rangers to establish tree plantations at three southern Ontario provincial parks. Continue reading Caution, tree seedlings at work
Each spring, thousands of Tundra swan and tens of thousand of other waterfowl flock into Rondeau Bay on their way north. This amazing diversity and volume of birds has made waterfowl viewing an annual ritual at Rondeau Provincial Park. Continue reading Wings of Spring!
From February 23-27, 2009, 100 interpreters from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario descended upon the Haliburton Highlands for a workshop hosted by Ontario Parks Natural Heritage Education (NHE) staff. Continue reading Ontario Parks NHE Staff Host Successful Workshop
By looking at a map, it seems as though Mother Nature had this idea before we did. However, on July 30th, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Manitoba Conservation announced the establishment of a new Manitoba-Ontario Interprovincial Wilderness Area. Continue reading A New Manitoba-Ontario Interprovincial Wilderness Area
The two Piping Plover chicks that recently hatched in Wasaga Beach are in great health thanks to the efforts of park staff and the volunteers who are working around the clock monitoring these rare migratory birds. Continue reading Piping Plover Update
A loon’s mournful cry piercing the stillness of the night conjures up images of mist shrouded shorelines surrounded by deep primeval forests.
Luckily, loons are not so secretive that they don’t reveal their beauty to us. The Common Loon is a resident of many cottage country lakes, keeping a safe but visible and audible distance from human activity. For many of us, the loon provides that magical first connection to nature, making it a fitting subject for artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. Continue reading The Call of the Loon: The Mood of Ontario’s Wilderness
Park staff at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park are looking for volunteers to assist with protecting recently hatched Piping Plover chicks.
Piping Plovers are one of Canada’s rarest birds and are under immediate threat of extinction. They have been listed as an endangered species and are protected under Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act. Continue reading Piping Plovers Need Your Help!
Out of the corner of your eye, a blurred streak catches your attention. You turn to look, but all you see are a few feathers gently floating to the ground. You may have just witnessed a peregrine falcon strike!
The peregrine falcon is known for its ability to silently hunt other birds on the wing, stooping to pluck them out of the sky at up to 300 kilometres per hour….a truly incredible natural phenomenon! And a natural subject for one of Robert Bateman’s four beautiful paintings created for Ontario Parks. Continue reading The Peregrine Falcon: Predator and Survivor