Great Canadian Parks / Ontario

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The Parks / Ontario / Georgian Bay Islands National Park



 


 

A merging of many habitats, including temporary homes for the black tern, rarely found this far north, and the snowy owl from the open arctic tundra, give the park a diversity of both flora and fauna. Many rare and threatened species are monitored by park officials whose research has focused on the wintering habits of the spotted turtle, the herring gull colonies on Grey Island, the Osprey's recovering population and the Fox Snake whose movements are tracked by implanted radio transmitters. Of the 35 species of reptiles and amphibians - more than are found anywhere else in Canada - nine are significantly rare; the five-line skink, for example, is our only lizard and the tiny ring-necked snake is a resplendent cobalt blue.

 

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