The “WILD” at the Lake
Have you ever seen deer in your yard or maybe even a bear in the woods?
How about the ducks that swim at your shore or the beaver building his house in the bay?
These animals live in this part of Ontario because we’re surrounded by lots of lakes, trees, marshes and swamps – each of these is a “home” to some type of wildlife.
Deer need trees for food and shelter, beaver need trees to build their homes and water to build the home in, fish need water, of course, and wolf, lynx and bear need rocks and trees for shelter.
Even bugs need these special places for shelter and food.
This part of Ontario is known as the “boreal forest” (rollover to map of Canada showing boreal forest).
Nowhere else on earth do you find so many spruce, balsam fir, jack pine, poplar, birch, tamarack and cedar trees.
Parts of the forest floor are covered with thick layers of moss and peat that help to keep the Earth’s temperature what it should be.
The boreal forest across the northern part of Canada is the largest source of freshwater IN THE WORLD.
It’s wetlands filter millions of gallons of water each day that fill our northern rivers, lakes, and streams and are home to many birds, waterfowl, fish and other species.
Want to see a cool video about the boreal forest?
When you go for a walk in the snow or on the beach or even in the woods, do you see animal tracks?
“Tracks” are the paw prints left in the ground when animals walk or run… just like we leave a footprint, animals leave “tracks”. Each animal track is unique and you can determine what animal walked on the ground before you if you know what their track looks like.
Do you know which ones belong to which animals?
For more great information on animal tracks, check out:
To play a game where you can try to match animals in the forest with their tracks, try:
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