The #SpeciesOfTheWeek this week is the Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus). The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a small owl (about the size of an American Robin) that does not exhibit sexual dimorphism: both males and females are approximately 18-21 cm long, with a wingspan ranging from 42-48 cm. They have mottled brown feathering with white spots on the head and yellow eyes. Although they have a widespread distribution across North America, they are rarely seen due to their secretive nocturnal habits, and preference for dense conifers. In the spring, they can often be located by their distinctive, almost whistled “toot-toot-toot” call. The most common prey of the Northern Saw-whet Owl are deer mice, chipmunks, bats, and voles. On migration, they may supplement their diets with small birds such as chickadees and warblers.
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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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