This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Most brightly-coloured birds have migrated south by this time of year, but the Cardinal stays here year-round and the male’s bright red plumage dramatically stands out in a winter forest. The female’s plumage is slightly drabber, but she still sports brilliant red highlights on her wings and crest and a bright red beak. Their loud whistling calls are a common sound on spring and summer mornings. Females will also sing while sitting on the nest, which is rare in North American songbirds. Cardinals are one species that has benefited from human expansion, as they use forest edge habitats that can be found at the edge of farmlands and suburban areas. Since they are seed-eaters, cardinals are common visitors to bird feeders and seem to have a preference for black oil sunflower seeds. Cardinals are very territorial and attack any perceived intruders – including their own reflections. During the breeding season, when hormone levels are high, both males and females may spend hours attacking their own reflection in windows, car mirrors, and other reflective surfaces. Treating windows to make them less reflective is one way you can help protect cardinals and other birds.
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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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