This week we are looking closely at the American Mink (Neogale vison). Plentiful at Murphys Point, these semi-aquatic carnivores primarily eat rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds. Despite being active throughout the year, they are mostly nocturnal and not seen as often as expected. The long slender body of the American Mink allows it easy access to the dens of its prey, with their long tails making up approximately one-third of their body length. They are very good swimmers and are known to swim for up to 3 hours at a time. With a weak sense of smell, they rely primarily on hearing when hunting. Their waterproof coat is predominantly brown to black with a white patch below the chin and throat. American Mink are widespread throughout Canada and the United States, with the exception of some of the Canadian Tundra, and parts of the continental United States. Mink have an average lifespan of 3 years in the wild. Murphys Point Provincial Park is a great place to observe American Mink in its natural environment.
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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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