This installment of our 2017 blog series IBAs in provincial parks — brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada — is very “cool.”
Welcome to our year-long blog series! For our inaugural spotlight, we are staying in the winter spirit and focusing on Ontario’s far north. That’s right: our worlds collide up there in a big way.
Continue reading The IBAs of Polar Bear Provincial Park
Today’s post is from Justin Peter, who was a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Provincial Park from 2006 through 2013. Now a professional travel planner, Justin is a keen local and worldwide explorer, and looks for birds everywhere he ventures.
It’s tempting to say that winter’s not the best time to look at birds in our Ontario Parks. Many species have migrated south. We’re hesitant to venture into the chilly weather.
But the quieter (and leafless) atmosphere of our parks during winter provides an excellent and unique challenge for our sense of environmental awareness.
Up for the challenge? Here’s a selection of birds (and bird signs) you can look for this winter:
Continue reading A winter birding challenge
Our gift to you this December is this beautiful image of a Canada Jay.
You never know what you’ll see in pristine winter forests. Birds are often easier to spot because of the leafless trees and serene quiet.
All you need is a set of binoculars, a pair of snowshoes, and some warm clothing.
Continue reading December’s digital download
Team members from our Northwest Zone, including Barb Rees, Evan McCaul, Lesley Ng, Renée Lalonde, Laura Myers and Kyra Santin, combined to share the results of Sleeping Giant’s summer BioBlitz!
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park isn’t just home to beautiful cliffs and hiking trails. The park also plays host to a diverse group of plants and animals.
Sleeping Giant celebrated this biodiversity with its very own two-day intensive BioBlitz from June 17 to 18.
Continue reading BioBlitz at Sleeping Giant
We’re jazzed to introduce a new series for 2017 — IBAs in provincial parks — brought to you by Ontario IBA Coordinator Amanda Bichel of Bird Studies Canada. If you love birds, you won’t want to miss these monthly features.
Wondering what an IBA is? The acronym stands for “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.”
The IBA program aims to identify, monitor and protect the world’s most important sites for birds and biodiversity.
Continue reading Introducing…IBAs in Ontario Parks!
Today’s post comes from Park Biologist Erica Barkley.
As a kid, I always pictured bird migration as Canada Geese flying south in a “V” during the day.
But that changed one calm, clear September evening. A park naturalist pointed out dozens of tiny “peep” noises over our heads. “Those are songbirds,” he said.
“No way!” I said. “Thousands of birds are migrating at night?!”
Continue reading The secret flight of birds at night
Today’s post comes from Brad Steinberg, our Natural Heritage Education and Learning Coordinator. An avid birder, Brad identifies several “migration superhighways” and the role provincial parks play in protecting Canada’s Important Bird Areas.
Being stuck in traffic sucks. Especially with young kids.
This sentiment recently ran through my head while mired in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, Ontario. (My conclusion was reinforced when my son loudly announced his urgent need for a bio-break.)
But as frustrating as highways can be; they are vitally important to us, providing a reliable route from one place to another.
Continue reading Billions travel Ontario’s migration superhighways
Think birdwatching is limited to sitting silently in the woods for hours on end?
From waterway adventures to birding safaris, Canada’s South Coast Birding Trail serves up innovative opportunities to get up-close and personal with more than 250 migrating species.
This spring, follow the feathers to Canada’s migration hotspot and experience birding in a whole new way!
Continue reading 5 ways to spice up your spring birdwatching
September is the perfect time to catch migratory birds and butterflies on their way south, and the Great Lakes shoreline gives nature-lovers a front-row seat!
Don’t miss Presqu’ile Provincial Park‘s annual Monarchs & Migrants Weekend (September 4-6, 2015), featuring bird banding, monarch tagging, guided adventures, children’s programming and more!
Continue reading Monarchs and Migrants at Presqu’ile
We’re fast approaching one the best times of the year for Ontario bird-watching. As we move into fall, birds start migrating to their winter homes. Birds to watch for include shorebirds and raptors.
If you’re an aspiring birder — and want to learn more about our feathered friends — here are some tips from Ontario Parks naturalists David Bree (Presqui’ile Provincial Park) and Pilar Manorome (Rondeau Provincial Park) to get you started.
Continue reading Birding for beginners – 5 tips for new birders