This week our featured #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus). These nocturnal insectivores use echolocation to feed on things like moths, caddisflies, beetles, and flies. The Big Brown Bat is the most common bat species in Canada and, with a wingspan of up to 40cm, one of the largest. They range from southern Canada to central America and are highly adapted to living in cities where they roost in cavities, buildings and under the bark of trees. Although this species is not threatened, it is still under pressure from human activities such as pesticide use which kills their food source, and from a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome. During the winter, the Big Brown Bat hibernates inside houses, barns, caves, tree cavities or rock crevices; often these sites are located less than 80 km from their summer roosts. This particular bat was sighted at the staff house at Murphys Point. Have you spotted any bats flying around the campgrounds in the evening 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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