Sonje Bols is an interpreter and naturalist with Ontario Parks, and coordinates the Discovery Drop-in program at a number of parks in Northeastern Ontario. She loves dragonflies: watching them, catching and identifying their species, and pretty much everything else about them.
As soon as it’s warm enough to be outside in a t-shirt and shorts, chances are you’ll find me out “odeing.”
Odeing? Is that a typo?
The root of the word – ode – is the short form many naturalists use for Odonate, the scientific family name for a group of insects made up of dragonflies and damselflies.
To go “odeing” is to venture outside to catch and identify these insects.
Continue reading The dragonfly hunter
Today’s blog comes to us from Algonquin Provincial Park Naturalist Sarah Lamond.
Picture it: a warm July day at Algonquin.
You’re basking in the day’s rays and exploring an interpretive trail. It’s all picture perfect until you hear that telltale buzz and feel an all-too-familiar pain on your scalp. The Deer Flies have arrived. Swatting at the growing swarm, you look to the sky and wonder: will there be no relief?
And then they arrive. The prehistoric predator. The Deer Fly devourer. The people’s champion: dragonflies.
Continue reading The fascinating world of dragonflies and their importance to ecosystems
Today’s post was written by Connor Oke, a marketing intern at Ontario Parks, using information provided by Mark Read, a senior Discovery ranger at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
If Canada is known for one thing, it’s for our long, cold winters.
Wild animals rely on evolution and natural adaptations to survive until spring. The strategies they’ve developed are varied and, simply, incredible.
Here are six species, sporting six different ways Ontario Parks’ wildlife makes it through the winter:
Continue reading How 6 species at Ontario Parks survive the winter
Today’s post comes from Evan McCaul, Ecologist with Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
While conducting an ecological inventory of Brightsand River Provincial Park, Ontario Parks staff witnessed and recorded a large scale emergence of dragonflies, including a Dragonhunter, the largest clubtail dragonfly in North America!
Continue reading Emergence of the Dragonhunter