For this species of the week, we’re going into the tiny world of micro-animals! Tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are less than half a millimeter long and live their lives in the thin films of water clinging to mosses and lichens. Claws at the end of each of their eight stumpy legs allow them to move around to feed on plant matter and bacteria. Surprisingly, these tiny creatures are actually some of the toughest in the animal kingdom: when their environment dries up they enter an inactive state called cryptobiosis. In this state, they can survive for decades, and can withstand intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space! Murphys Point is home to hundreds of billions of these little animals. Strictly speaking, tardigrades aren’t a species but a group containing over one thousand species. The ones featured in these photos may be from the genus Ramazzottius.
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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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