#SpeciesOfTheWeek is back with an iconic Ontario species. Known for its majestic plumage and unique, mournful call, the Common Loon (Gavia immer) is seen on lakes throughout Ontario. Adult loons are long-bodied, large-billed, and have a distinctive checkerboard striped collar. With a low profile in the water, loons are indicators of good water quality because they require clear water to hunt their prey. Loons are very adept at diving and swimming underwater, mainly hunting fish and small crustaceans. Loons are extremely maneuverable under the water, using their large powerful webbed feet to propel them along. However, they struggle to walk on land because their legs are further back on their bodies than other birds. They prefer lakes with coves and inlets which can shelter their nests from predators. The lake needs to be large enough for takeoff, as loons require at least 25 meters of flapping their wings before they get airborne. Loons prefer coastal waters for overwintering, though some are known to overwinter on Lake Michigan. Unsurprisingly, loons are a common sight on Loon Lake, which is home to a breeding pair. Have you heard their calls in the campground?
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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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