This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). The Blue Jay is a very recognizable bird with blue plumage on the upper parts and white below. The blue crest on top of the Blue Jay’s head makes it stand out against a backdrop of green foliage. Blue Jays are a common sight in Canadian forests, though they prefer areas with oak trees. In urban areas, they are frequently sighted in backyards where they often come to bird feeders. The diet of the Blue Jay consists mainly of nuts and insects though they may also eat dead and injured small animals. Blue Jays build their nests in the outer branches of coniferous and deciduous trees, typically 10-25 ft above the ground. Clutch sizes are often between 2 and 7 eggs. These highly intelligent birds have complex social systems and will often stay with one mate throughout their lives. Blue Jay populations have declined by 28% between 1966 and 2015. The most common cause of human-associated death is by cats. This species should be well-known to anyone from Prince Edward Island as it is the provincial bird, but here at Murphys Point, they can be found on all the major trails.
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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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