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Soaring Back

Sometimes you hear and see things that indicate something may be in the area before you know it. Birds like loons may start calling in panicked warning to their fellow feathered friends. You may hear a dozen ducks taking off from their watery calm, a beaver tail’s splash. Songbirds seen and heard feeding and frolicking overhead suddenly may disappear to the sheltered shadows of forest cover. And then it may go silent.

Winter is Coming

I know, I know, you don’t want to talk about it - but it’s inevitable…winter is on the way and preparation can be the key to successfully getting through it. This is true for us humans (sealing windows, gathering firewood, etc.), but of course it is also true and is an extremely important time for much of the wildlife that calls the Frontenac Arch home.

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…

Unlike the popular winter song, wildlife species can’t sit by a nice fireplace when the winter weather arrives in earnest.  On the Frontenac Arch, winter is on the way and for many species that means it’s time to find the way out.  Many species obviously migrate to a variety of wintering habitats to the south and for some it is quite a journey.  Osprey for example can migrate as far as South America, travelling over 160,000 km in a lifetime.  Monarch butterflies have a very unique migration story, as generations that live in Ontario and have never seen their winter grounds in Mexico are abl

I believe I can fly

An interesting way to bring attention to endangered species. 

Going Batty

Not everyone likes to talk about them, they are labored with misinformation and they are dying. Bats are one of the most unique but often misrepresented wildlife species that we have in the area and unfortunately, we are losing some of them at an alarming rate. Bats are the only true flying mammals. There are several species found in Ontario and while some migrate south when winter arrives, a few stay behind and hibernate in caves. It is these hibernating bats that are dying en masse due to a fungal disease known as white nose syndrome.

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