While we cannot tell you exactly how and where to spot all of Pinery’s wildlife, we can give you some pointers that will increase your chances of viewing wildlife during your stay.
Go out in the early morning or at dusk. Many bird and mammal species are active at these times because of the cool temperatures. Many of Pinery’s mammals are also crepuscular, meaning they are most active around dawn and dusk. Another benefit is most of your fellow campers are still sleeping and the Park will be quiet.
Ride a bike along the bike path and stop at the side of the trail to look and listen.
Walk silently along a trail and sit on a bench for a few minutes. The key to seeing animals is to be quiet and patient.
Binoculars can often help you get a closer look at many birds and mammals, but all that’s needed is a keen eye and ear.
Never offer food to wildlife. It creates nuisance animals and is illegal in Ontario Provincial Parks. Once an animal becomes familiar with human food, they often never go back to a natural diet and can become dangerous.
Never touch or capture any wildlife. Adult animals often leave their young alone while they forage for food. Once in captive care, many animals will die as we cannot provide all of the requirements for them to live.
Never harass, chase, or approach wildlife. Wildlife harassment is illegal and it can be dangerous for both you and the animal. Getting too close to animals like turtles can be especially stressful for the animal and can interrupt nest-making. Dogs that are not kept on a leash are also a huge threat to wild animals.
About Friends of Pinery Park
Established in 1989, The Friends of Pinery Park is a registered charity dedicated to education, promotion, and preservation of Pinery Provincial Park. Over the years we have undertaken a variety of activities to protect the Park’s rare ecosystem and enhance the experience of visitors to the Park. Among them: research into species at risk, projects to stabilize the freshwater dunes, projects to make the Park’s natural beauty accessible to all, educational programs for children and youth, and much more. Join us!