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    Free Visitor Guides etc.

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Nov 22, 2012

    Favorite thing: Useful links:
    Free Ontario Visitor guides
    Ontario Attractions
    Ontario road maps

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    Detroit River

    by kris-t Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Detroit River is a 32-mile (51 km) long strait in the Great Lakes system and forms part of the boundary between Michigan and Ontario.
    By definition, this classifies it as both a river and a strait (a narrow passageway connecting two large bodies of water).

    The river serves as an important transportation route connecting Lake Michigan, Huron, and Superior to the St. Lawrence Seaway and Erie Canal.

    Fondest memory: Much of the lower portion of the river is now part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

    The Detroit River is a large part of what makes Windsor such a big attraction for tourists.

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    Ontario Nature: Common snapping turtle

    by kris-t Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The natural range of this large freshwater turtle extends from southeastern Canada, southwest to the Rocky Mountains as far east as Nova Scotia and Florida.

    Fondest memory: Unlike other turtles, they are too large to hide in their own shells when confronted, therefore snapping is their defense mechanism.

    Caution! - The turtle can amputate a finger with its powerful jaws and its neck is very flexible. Lifting this turtle with the hands is extremely dangerous.

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    Ontario Nature: Swan

    by kris-t Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The swans are the largest members of the duck family, and they are also the largest flying birds.
    The largest species can reach length of over 1.5 m (60 inches) and weigh over 15 kg (33 pounds) and their wingspans can be almost 3 m (10 ft).

    Fondest memory: They are just gorgeous!

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    Ontario Nature: Eastern gray squirrel

    by kris-t Written Oct 29, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The adaptable, omnivorous Eastern Gray Squirrel is the native mammal people most frequently see here. Not all of them are really grey, we have lots of black and even white squirrels on our back yard.

    Fondest memory: They say the Eastern Grey Squirrel finds buried nuts by using its highly developed sense of smell, rather than by memory.

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    Ontario Nature: American lotus

    by kris-t Written Oct 23, 2011

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    Favorite thing: American lotus or yellow lotus is native to North America. American lotus is an emergent aquatic plant.

    It grows in lakes and swamps, leaves and flowers emerge above the water's surface.

    Fondest memory: Flowering begins in late spring and may continue into the summer. The flowers measure 18–28 cm.

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    Ontario Nature: Blue Jay

    by kris-t Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Blue Jay is native to North America. They are common near residential areas, we have a few. They are hooligans but very timorous hooligans.

    Because of its large size, blue coloration and crest the Blue Jay is quite distinctive.

    Fondest memory: The Blue Jay measures 22–30 cm (9–12 in) from bill to tail and weighs 70–100 g.

    And they are pretty, they have plumage which is lavender-blue to mid-blue in the crest, back, wings, and tail, and its face is white.

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    Ontario Nature: Great Blue Heron

    by kris-t Written Oct 11, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Great Blue Heron is a large (with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm) wading bird. In Ontario pretty common near the shores of open water.

    Fondest memory: Herons have been known to choke on prey that is too large.

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    Ontario Nature: Monarch

    by kris-t Written Sep 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: With its bright colours, large size (wings span 93 to 105 mm), and slow beautiful flight, the monarch butterfly is one of the most widely recognized of all North American butterflies.

    They can been seen in southern Ontario, especially in such areas as Point Pelee National Park. The Great Lakes are a significant barrier to the monarchs' migration.

    For a few special days each autumn, Point Pelee is a temporary home to thousands of migrating monarch butterflies. As soon as favourable conditions occur, they begin one of nature's greatest journeys by crossing Lake Erie. Their destination is 3000 km further south in the mountains of central Mexico.

    Fondest memory: Some times we can see hundrets of tnem over the house.

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    Ontario Nature: Opossum

    by kris-t Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Opossums are funny: when threatened or harmed, they will "play possum", mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal.

    The one on the pictures was sitting more than 3 hrs on the fence without any movement.

    Fondest memory: Opossums have a remarkably robust immune system, they are about 8 times less likely to carry rabies than wild dogs, and about one in eight hundred opossums are infected with this virus...

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    Ontario Nature: Canada Goose

    by kris-t Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The first citation for the 'Canada Goose' dates back to 1772.

    'Canada Gooseis a familiar and widespread goose with a black head and neck, white chinstrap, light tan to cream breast and brown back.'

    Fondest memory: 'The Cackling Goose was formerly considered to be a set of subspecies of the Canada Goose.
    The American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification has divided the many subspecies between the two animals. To the present species were assigned:

    Atlantic Canada Goose,
    Interior Canada Goose,
    Giant Canada Goose,
    Moffitt's Canada Goose,
    Vancouver Canada Goose,
    Dusky Canada Goose,
    part of "Lesser complex"'

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    Ontario Nature: Wild Turkey

    by kris-t Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Wild Turkey is native to Ontario. It is the same species as the domestic turkey.

    Fondest memory: 'The Wild Turkey was a very important food animal to Native Americans, but it was eliminated from much of its range by the early 1900s'

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    Ontario Nature: Mourning Dove

    by kris-t Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Mourning Doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance.

    Fondest memory: 'The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents incubate and care for the young. Mourning Doves eat almost exclusively seeds, but the young are fed crop milk by their parents.'

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    Ontario Nature: Common Grackle

    by kris-t Written Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 'The 32 cm (13 in) long adult has a long dark bill, pale yellowish eyes and a long tail; its feathers appear black with purple, green or blue iridescence on the head, and primarily bronze shine in the body plumage'

    Fondest memory: The common grackle forages on the ground, in shallow water or in shrubs; they are hooligans - they will steal food from other birds.

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    Ontario Nature: Red-winged Blackbird

    by kris-t Written Apr 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Red-winged Blackbird is a bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America.

    Fondest memory: The male is all black with a red shoulder and yellow wing bar, while the female is a nondescript dark brown.

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