Wildlife

Wildlife

BARRED OWL

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Did you know that the Barred owl can be identified by its distinct hooting call “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all”?
Barred owls are fairly common in central Ontario, although they are often hard to see due to the fact that they are usually only active at night. In Ontario the nests of barred owls and other bird species are protected during forestry activities.


TURTLES

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Did you know that the snapping turtle is Canada’s largest freshwater turtle?
Ontario is home to many types of turtles. Although turtles spend a lot of time in the water, they come up on land to travel between wetlands and to build nests for their eggs. Forestry practices in Ontario make sure that nests and other turtle habitat requirements are protected during active operations.


EASTERN WOLF

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Did you know that Ontario, most notably Algonquin Park, makes up the last remaining habitat for the eastern wolf?
Wolves are present in Ontario due largely to the responsible way in which we use the forest. In fact, it is believed that forestry can help improve the habitat for wolves by creating better habitat for its prey, including beaver and moose.


MOOSE

Did you know that moose like to eat young plants and trees and that they depend on these food sources for their survival?
Through wise management, foresters and biologists are able to create the browse (young trees and plants) moose need for food while also maintaining important tree cover to keep them shaded in the summer and warm during the winter.


Wildlife and Forestry

To learn more about how we manage for wildlife in our forests, visit Conserving Biodiversity at the Stand and Site Scales and Wildlife Management.