Our species this week is quite recognizable. Sporting a yellow chin and neck, the Blanding’s Turtle is easily identified — however, they are rarely seen. In fact, Blanding’s Turtles spend most of their time underwater and out of sight. Fittingly, it was a thrill to find this turtle near a wetland at the entrance to Fallows Campground earlier this summer! Their habitat ranges from shallow lakes and marshes to streams, and rivers, sometimes extending three kilometres between their summer, winter, and nesting sites. Since Murphys Point hosts a diverse network of wetland environments, it is the perfect home for Blanding’s Turtles. Hopefully, you get the chance to admire a Blanding’s Turtle up close, maybe while helping it to cross the road safely. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to stumble upon a Blanding’s Turtle nesting site, like our Store Clerk who sees the same female laying eggs each Spring! Interestingly, Blanding’s Turtles do not usually lay eggs until they reach 20-25 years of age, often breeding for the rest of their lifetime — which can be over 75 years!
Welcome! Watch this space for upcoming activities.
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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