Our #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus). As winter nears and temperatures drop, these frogs are becoming inactive for the season – they have special adaptations that allow them to survive the cold winter by tolerating the freezing of their blood and tissues! Typically settling down in spots close to the surface in soil and leaf litter, their breathing and heart rate begin to slow until stopping altogether. During this time, their bodies produce a special antifreeze substance that prevents ice from forming within their cells, which would otherwise cause them to burst. They will then remain in this dormant state until the weather warms again in the spring when they will thaw and begin mating. Here at Murphys Point, we often find Wood Frogs in the campgrounds as they like to live in the leaves on the forest floor where they can camouflage and hide from predators. Have you ever seen a Wood Frog while camping here at the park?
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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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