Frogwatcher Hikes at Mountsberg

Spring peeper. Photo provided by Conservation Halton.
Spring peeper. Photo provided by Conservation Halton.

Just in from our friends at Conservation Halton:

Spring fever is in the air right now as male frogs are getting ready to sing in full chorus to attract mates. This annual nature phenomenon can be witnessed in the forests and wetlands of Mountsberg Conservation Area where you can join in our interesting and informative Frogwatcher’s Hikes.
This year the hikes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
The songs or mating calls are so distinctive that various frog species can be identified without actually seeing them. There are several species which are active at this time.

Wood frog. Photo provided by Conservation Halton.
Wood frog. Photo provided by Conservation Halton.

Again this year Mountsberg will have the ‘Native Species Encounter’ with some of Ontario’s endangered species of snakes. ‘Herptiles’ is the term which refers to Reptiles and Amphibians and this is an excellent opportunity to search for some of these creatures, like salamanders, who are just emerging from their dormant winter.
Join us for a puppet show, visits to the pond and even a ‘Swamp Tromp’. We will learn about the difference between Reptiles and Amphibians, between frogs and toads, and the amazing lives of salamanders.
Admission for the Frog Watcher’s Hikes is by advance registration only online at www.conservationhalton.ca/events. Call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 for more information on the program. The fees are Adults $16, Seniors (ages 65 and older) and Children ages 5 to 14 years are $11, while those four years and under are free. The fees do not include HST.

About Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville, ON, between Highway 6 South and the Guelph Line. This 472 hectare park includes extensive wetlands, forests, fields, and a reservoir. Mountsberg hosts many family friendly events which are sure to become family traditions for many in the community. It is also well known for the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, which is home to 15 different species of native birds of prey. Many of the Raptor Centre’s resident birds of prey have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild. For more information please call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 or e-mail mtsberg@hrca.on.ca.

 

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