Today’s post comes from Jake Guggenheimer, past Discovery staff at Neys Provincial Park.
Imagine you’re in a forest.
What do you hear?
The rustling of the trees in the wind. The birds chirping to each other. The flowing of a creek.
What do you see?
A flower starting to bloom. A chipmunk scurrying along the ground. The sun shining through scattered clouds.
If you imagined yourself in Neys Provincial Park, the animals and plants you pictured are some of the most interesting flora and fauna around.
That’s because Neys is a protected natural area with a high level of ecological integrity.
Continue reading Ecological integrity at Neys Provincial Park
Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.
The Boreal Forest is vast and beautiful – and completely northern.
This unique ecosystem, unlike anything you’ll find in southern Ontario, covers half the province’s land area and stretches around the globe.
This driving route beginning in Sudbury is designed to help you discover Canada’s Boreal Forest. It’s a region that many Canadians will never see, yet offers so much in terms of history, culture, and natural wonder.
Continue reading Explore Ontario’s north on the Boreal Driving Route
Lev Frid, birder par excellence, recently explored some of our northern parks, and wrote us the following post. If you love songbirds, this is a must-read!
For many Ontario birdwatchers, it’s all about the spring. Great Lakes havens such as Rondeau, MacGregor Point and Presqu’ile Provincial Parks host birding festivals and draw lots of visitors itching to see newly-arrived spring migrants.
What you might not know is that there are many opportunities to view these same birds on their breeding grounds in the boreal forest in some of our northern parks.
Continue reading Birding in the boreal
The deep green boreal forest of Kettle Lakes Provincial Park contains 22 beautiful little lakes. Of these lakes, 20 are called actually “kettle lakes” by geographers.
So what is a “kettle lake?”
To answer that question, we first must look at how kettles are formed.
Continue reading Kettle Lakes: a land shaped by icebergs
“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 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