Wildlife parenting strategies

This blog comes from Laura Penner, a Natural Heritage Education Leader at Rondeau Provincial Park. 

Happy Family Day! On this day we reflect upon and celebrate the unique bonds we make with the special people in our lives.

As a naturalist and a mother of three, I find great joy in catching rare glimpses of wildlife taking care of their young. This looks so different from species to species. It could be a female oriole meticulously weaving grasses into an intricate basket-shaped nest, or a Map Turtle digging test nests all over a campsite until she finds the perfect soil composition.

Each species has its own unique way to raise its young that best deals with the challenges in its environment. Let’s take a look at a few interesting ways wildlife care for their young.

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10 ways to beat the February blues at Ontario Parks

Looking for some February fun to fight off those pesky winter blues? We’ve got you covered!

1. Celebrate Family Day weekend (February 13-15)

Six parks — Algonquin, Bronte Creek, Wasaga Beach, Killarney, MacGregor Point and The Pinery — plan Family Day festivities. Check times, dates and activities on our Calendar of Events. Most activities are free with a valid park vehicle permit and refreshments will be served at some parks for a small fee.

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Family Day & Valentine getaways at Ontario Parks

February is a popular month to visit Ontario Parks. Five provincial parks plan Family Day events and affordable Valentine getaways in roofed accommodation at many parks are also a big draw. Valentine’s Day and Family Day are on the same holiday weekend this year, February 13-16. While holiday weekend accommodation is already booked, mid-week dates are still available. A total of twenty-six parks across Ontario are open this winter. Eight have roofed accommodation for rent. Nineteen have groomed ski trails and snowshoeing and several offer skating, tobogganing and tubing. The Ontario Parks Ski Report has the latest trail conditions. This Park Blog snowshoe post includes parks with designated trails.  For more on Family Day events and Valentine getaways, please see below.

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Winter at Ontario Parks

Don't forget a thermos of hot chocolate for your outing!

Looking for fun winter outings? You’ve come to the right place.
Across the province, Ontario Parks offer a bounty of winter activities for families. Some host special events like Family Day celebrations. There are parks with cool ice trails through the woods to skate and hundreds of kilometres of park trails to ski.  Local ski clubs keep many park trails groomed and track set and winter ski loppets have become annual family gatherings.  A couple of snowshoe races are even held every winter on designated snowshoe trails. Tobogganing is also popular.  At Arrowhead, park visitors can even borrow a tube to take down a hill groomed especially for snow tubing.  Use the Park Locator tool on the Ontario Parks’ website to help you search for winter park amenities  or browse past Park Blog post for ideas.  Here are some other helpful sources to get you started:

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Family Day and Valentine’s Day in Ontario Parks

Looking for a natural way to celebrate Family Day? These Family Day events at Algonquin Provincial Park and The Pinery Provincial Park are just two of several Family Day celebrations taking place at Ontario Parks in 2013. Continue reading Family Day and Valentine’s Day in Ontario Parks