Our parks are wearing the green this St. Patrick’s Day and you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate it!
“You do need to be observant, though,” says Algonquin Provincial Park biologist Alison Lake. “But it will be well worth the effort.”
Taking St. Patrick’s Day stroll? Here are 7 shades of green you might spot in our parks:
Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day “green”ery
Is your family looking for a fun way to take flight this March Break? Check out Rondeau Provincial Park’s “Wings of Spring.”
This bird-themed spring series runs March 10-18, 2018, and features different feathery activities every day!
Continue reading Rondeau’s Wings of Spring
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
March is one of the most glorious months to be camping, or even just spend time outdoors enjoying our parks.
On March 20, the earth passes through Spring Equinox. This is the day that formally marks the beginning of spring, and affords equal hours of sunlight and darkness.
Here are our astronomical highlights for March:
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Due to this spring’s high water levels, many provincial parks experienced flooding that delayed their opening or closed their trails and campgrounds.
Our staff have been working hard to help our parks dry out and re-open for visitors. Take a look at what our teams had to contend with this spring:
Continue reading Spring flooding at Ontario Parks
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Marketing Specialist Dave Sproule.
Migrating birds are already arriving along the edges of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and many southern parks have birding events and festivals.
But for most of the migrants, these parks are just a rest stop after crossing those big stretches of water. Their destination may be much further north: the boreal forest.
Continue reading The boreal forest: Ontario’s songbird nursery
Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This space (<– see what we did there?) will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.
While spring “technically” begins in March, most of us living in cold climates tend to celebrate May as the true start to the season.
The lakes open to allow the first paddle strokes, and the songs of migratory birds can be heard throughout the land. Staying up through twilight lets you see the splendors of the evening sky whilst being serenaded by the lovely sound of the Spring Peeper chorus frogs.
Here are our astronomical highlights for May, 2017:
Continue reading Eyes on the skies — May, 2017
Brighten up your desktop with some wildlife photography!
Throughout 2017, we’re sharing a free downloadable graphic, specially sized these images for your computers, tablets, smartphones and Facebook covers.
Each month will feature a different park, season, activity or natural resource.
Continue reading May’s digital download
Today’s post comes from year-round multispecies angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.
Have you ever targeted Common Carp?
When most people see a carp for the first time, they’re blown away by their size. Carp are one of largest fish species roaming our waters here in Ontario and as you can probably tell by the big smiles, they’re an absolute blast to reel in! They are open to be targeted year-round and are typically found in relatively shallow water throughout the open water season.
As such, carp are one of the first species I target in the spring while I wait for other seasons to open. There’s nothing quite like starting off the open water season chasing fish that can average over 20 pounds!
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The songbirds are returning and bringing spring with them!
Catch a bird-banding demonstration, take in a nature photography workshop, or sign on for a bird-themed hike with our park naturalists.
If you love songbirds, you won’t want to miss the Ontario Parks spring birding festivals:
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Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Lesley Ng of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Did you know there are blooming beauties which are adapted for the arctic tundra or alpine environments? In short, they like it cold!
And we don’t need traverse tundra or climb mountains to see them. We just need to take a spring hike along Lake Superior’s shoreline.
Continue reading Chilling out by the lake: arctic-alpine disjunct plants along Lake Superior