Today’s post comes from Ashley Hanas, a Bat Technician with the Friends of Pinery Park.
Bats are the only true flying mammal.
There are currently over 1,400 species and bats encompass 20% of the mammalian species on earth (meaning 1 in 5 mammals are bats!).
Bats are essential to the health of our environment, providing indispensable ecosystem and economic services in the form of prolific insect pest control, pollination of plants, and dispersal of seeds.
Their droppings, or guano, are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, making it a highly effective fertilizer.
Despite the numerous benefits bats provide us, their reputations are marred by negative misconceptions.
Continue reading Bats: The mammal, the myth, the legend
Imagine walking through the forest during a nice sunny day. You hear birds chirping, see the fall colours rustle in the breeze, and watch squirrels gathering food. We stop; we take pictures; we enjoy.
Now take that same trail at dusk.
You just had a flash of danger.
Continue reading Creatures of the night
Today’s blog comes from Jessica Stillman, school outreach coordinator at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. In the fall, if she isn’t outside with students learning about mushrooms or how animals prepare for winter, she’s inside baking up a pumpkin treat!
Spooky season is upon us!
It’s time for cobwebs, witches, and skeletons to adorn our lawns and porches. Who doesn’t love admiring the creative carving of a jack-o-lantern, its toothy grin lit by a flickering flame?
These hauntingly fun decorations are part of the Halloween spirit, but what happens to them once November 1 rolls around?
Continue reading How to practice proper pumpkin etiquette in parks
Today’s post comes from Laura McClintock, a senior park naturalist at Sibbald Point Provincial Park.
I’m a naturalist.
I work in one of the busiest parks in the province, yet I’m always seeking out a quiet meadow or shoreline to observe nature.
While known for our popular beach and access to Lake Simcoe, Sibbald Point is a small but mighty hub of biodiversity.
Every season has its perks, but for nature lovers and solitude seekers alike, fall camping at Sibbald Point is where it’s at.
Here are some of the perks in store for Sibbald Point this fall:
Continue reading Experience autumn at Sibbald Point Provincial Park
Boo! The scariest night of the year is almost upon us.
As we celebrate Halloween with costumes, trick-or-treating, and plenty of scares, let’s take a look at the history behind this spooky day. Continue reading The spooky celestial history of Halloween
Many campers like to jump into the Halloween spirit by decorating their campsites.
But certain decorations can be harmful to the environment.
Here’s how you can create a super spooky campsite AND protect Ontario’s ecological integrity at the same time.
Continue reading 9 tips for eco friendly Halloween decor
If you’ve never celebrated Halloween in one of Ontario’s parks, you don’t know what you’re missing! You can decorate your campsite, carve a pumpkin, do a night hike, go trick or treating and finish up in front of a bonfire with a few spooky ghost stories and some devilishly good snacks.
Here are some scary good Halloween treats that are easy to make and will delight your little ghouls and goblins.
Continue reading Halloween treats for little ghouls & goblins
Are you stumped trying to figure out what to be for Halloween this year?
To help you out, we pulled together some ideas to inspire the perfect park Halloween get-up!
Continue reading Costume ideas from Ontario Parks
Looking for a killer sweet treat this Halloween season?
This cookie recipe comes straight from the staff at Algonquin Provincial Park!
Round up your little goblins and ghouls and bake some delicious cookies to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Continue reading Algonquin’s favourite cookie recipe
By the pricking of our thumbs, something wicked this way comes…
We’ve got tons of haunted Halloween events coming up this month! And don’t forget to check out events page for late-breaking additions.
Will you be visiting the ghosts of campers past this October?
Continue reading Halloween 2018 at Ontario Parks