Today’s blog was written by Discovery Program Project Coordinator Jessica Stillman.
This summer, Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Killbear Provincial Park, and The Massasauga Provincial Park collaborated with the Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere (GBB) to host bioblitzes within the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.
What is a bioblitz? In short, it is a community science event for recording different species within a certain location and time.
For these events, park visitors, Friends members, and staff from both Ontario Parks and GBB came together to inventory living things by uploading them to iNaturalist.
Continue reading Community science with the Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere
Today’s post comes from Marta Stares, the Friends of Lake Superior Provincial Park‘s first artist-in-residence.
In 2021, Lake Superior Provincial Park and the Friends of Lake Superior Provincial Park established its first Artist-in-Residence program.
I was honoured to be selected as the park’s first ever participant, and to be able to paint and capture the stunning landscape of the park.
With its rugged coast, tall cliffs, remote beaches, waterfalls, and scenic lookouts, it’s easy to see why generations of artists have found inspiration here.
Continue reading My experience as Lake Superior’s first artist-in-residence
Today’s post comes from Amy Hall, a Resource Management Project Technician at Pinery Provincial Park.
Many of our visitors have been coming to Pinery for decades, witnessing the park change in many ways over time.
If you’ve been here in the last few years, you may have noticed that our beach is constantly changing month to month, and even day to day!
Continue reading Just roll with it: how one park adapts to an unpredictable shoreline
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie and Bat Stewardship Technician Heather Sanders.
Did you know Pinery Provincial Park has been a bat research hot spot for more than four decades? We’ve collaborated with research groups at York University, Western University and the University of Waterloo.
Much of what we know about Ontario bats — including their migration, diet, and behaviour — is all thanks to work done at Pinery.
Continue reading Pinery goes to battle for bats
The New Year is a time to take stock of where we are and where we are headed. Most of us have made resolutions to change behaviours in order to start anew in 2021: quitting smoking, eating healthier, or exercising more.
Do you consider parks and protected areas when thinking of New Year’s Resolutions?
Continue reading Resolutions for healthier parks
Each year, the Friends leave a lasting imprint on the park, and this year was no different. Their passion for parks is unmatched, and make our parks better for all who visit.
Here are some of the amazing 2018 project accomplishments from the southeastern Friends:
Continue reading Southeastern Friends: this year’s accomplishments
In light of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebrations and the International Day of Friendship (July 30), this post highlights the history of hard work and support Friends organizations have provided provincial parks over the years.
Continue reading Forever thankful for our Friends
Today’s post comes from Bev Cook, Chairperson of the Friends of Presqu’ile at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Every year, Ontario Parks hires hundreds of students to help run parks over the summer.
From maintenance to front gate staff to Natural Heritage Education, our students work hard to keep a smile on our visitors’ faces.
This year, the Friends of Presqu’ile launched an annual bursary program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees at Presqu’ile.
Continue reading Celebrating students at Presqu’ile Provincial Park