This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Eastern Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus). Also known as the Stinkpot, it produces a musky odour when disturbed. This species is one of the world’s smallest turtles and is seldom seen due to its shy nature. Additionally, it spends a lot of time hanging around the bottom of different wetlands – the muddier, the better. In fact, musk turtles rarely swim, despite being good swimmers. As carnivores, they eat a variety of critters such as minnows, tadpoles, fish eggs, and small invertebrates found on the bottom of lakes and other bodies of water. Since the Eastern Musk Turtle is considered a Species at Risk in Ontario, it is important to remember to watch out for them, as well as other wildlife, when driving the winding road to Murphys Point. Have you ever been lucky enough to spot one of these turtles?
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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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