Today’s post comes from Park Naturalist Roger LaFontaine, a classically trained biologist and amateur Sasquatch researcher. He has spent nearly two decades researching and documenting the occurrence of Sasquatch in Ontario.
I have always had an interest in the creatures that others were not fond of: invertebrates under a log, salamanders in the soil, nocturnal creepy crawlies, and even a shy mammal that stays just beyond the light of my campfire.
My interest in obscure creatures began many years ago when I found a strange track along the bank of a river…
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When Bobolinks are mentioned in mixed audiences, you invariably get muffled laughter, quizzical looks and finally the question, “A bobo-what?”
Bobolinks are small songbirds in the same family as grackles and meadowlarks. The breeding male is most recognizable by its black body and white back with a buff patch at the nape.
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You’re out in the woods and a bird flies by. Not sure what is it? There’s an app for that.
Today’s smartphones make ideal field guides. Photograph a butterfly sipping nectar. Video a slow-moving turtle. Record a birdsong. Then look it up, find a match, and enter your geotagged observations in a virtual field book.
These virtual field guides often support citizen science. You just share what you see. Scientists, researchers and conservationists use the crowdsourced data to look at climate change, track migration and monitor species at risk and sensitive ecosystems.
Here are a few popular apps:
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Here at Ontario Parks, preserving the province’s ecological integrity is always on our minds.
You’ve heard about our bigger projects, like:
But did you know ecological integrity is part of our everyday jobs?
Check out these five “mini” ecological integrity tasks:
Continue reading 5 small ways we protect what’s precious
Today’s post comes from Laura Sagermann, an NHE Leader at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Continue reading Peregrine falcon chick rescued at Bon Echo Provincial Park