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June 2013

The Sound of the Whip-poor-will

Can you remember the days when you could head outside in the evening on a cloudless night and hear the distinctive call, “whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will” from nearby forests?  Sadly, the call of the whip-poor-will is being heard less and less and it is now listed as threatened in Ontario.  The whip-poor-will is a mainly nocturnal bird that feeds at night on flying insects.  Its preferred habitats include semi-open forest with exposed rock outcrops, grasslands, pastures, and habitats with exposed mineral soils.  Though it’s not known for sure, it is believed that the whip-poor-will