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 post comes from David LeGros, a park naturalist with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program.
“I’ve never seen one of those” is among my favorite sentences.
There’s a scary thing that happens the longer you look into nature. The more you find, the more you find out that you don’t know that much. It can be an intimidating feeling, but also, an exciting feeling.
Your mind is about to be blown.
Continue reading “What the heck is that?!”: when to #AskanOPNaturalist
Today’s post was written by Alida Lemieux, Discovery Program Coordinator at Ontario Parks.
Kids seem naturally drawn to bugs. Maybe it’s because bugs are small and easy to handle. Maybe it’s because they are plentiful and easy to find. It could be because they are beautiful, funny, strange or creepy!
Continue reading A bug in the hand
Today’s blog was written by Jessica Stillman, School Outreach Coordinator at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
What is ferocious like a lion, fast like a tiger, or hibernates like a bear?
These three amazing insects!
Antlions, tiger beetles, and Woolly Bear Caterpillars might not be the first things that pop into your mind when you think of a furry or ferocious predator, but believe me, these small critters are mighty impressive!
Continue reading Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
In today’s post, Killbear Naturalist Martha Martens recaps the park’s recent Bioblitz.
I didn’t know that it had been missing from my life, until I was introduced to it at the Killbear Bug Bioblitz on the weekend of June 9, 2018.
Continue reading The Killbear bug blitz