For our #SpeciesOfTheWeek this time around, we turn to Canada’s national symbol, the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis). As the largest rodent in Canada, these semi-aquatic herbivores are easily identified. A beaver’s most notable feature is its large, flat, paddle-like tail. It helps to propel them while swimming, but can also be used as an alarm call, making a loud clap when slapped against the surface of the water. Additionally, they have webbed hind feet to help them swim, and unwebbed front paws that are extremely dexterous. As you likely know, beavers are known for chewing down trees and building dams. This is in part because their teeth grow continuously throughout their entire lives, so they must chew on trees to keep their teeth from getting too long. Beavers have also recently been recognized as keystone species because their dams actively change ecosystems and create habitats for many other species. Here at Murphys Point, beavers can commonly be seen in the pond on the Lally loop hiking trail, as well as other bodies of water. Have you ever noticed one of their dams here at the park?
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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