Common Reptile and Amphibian Species

Northern Leopard Frog Spring Peeper Boreal Chorus Frog Green Frog Mink Frog Wood Frog American Toad Blue-spotted Salamander Yellow-spotted Salamander Eastern Newt Painted Turtle Snapping Turtle Eastern Garter Snake  

Northwestern Ontario Forest – Virtual Zoo: Common Mammal Species

Moose White-tailed Deer Caribou Gray Wolf “Timber Wolf” Coyote “Brush Wolf” Red Fox Bobcat Lynx Mountain Lion Black Bear Snowshoe Hare Raccoon Porcupine Beaver Northern River Otter Muskrat Pine Marten Fisher Ermine Mink Groundhog Striped Skunk Red Squirrel Least Chipmunk Deer Mouse Pygmy Shrew Southern Red-backed Vole Little Brown Bat

The Evoloution of Waterbombing

In the summer of 1921, during a routine flight in the Sioux Lookout District of Ontario, Lieut. R. N. “Reg” Johnston spotted a forest fire on an island. He returned to base and picked up a ranger with the necessary fire-fighting tools. The fire was then extinquished before it got out of control. This appears … Read more

Anatomy of a Modern Paper Mill

Although you might not know it, it’s quite possible that many of the items you take for granted in your daily home or office life are made using kraft pulp produced by Bowater Thunder Bay. The list starts with all kinds of paper products, such as writing, copying and printing papers, packaging and boxes for … Read more

Black Spruce – Picea Mariana

General – a small to medium-sized slow-growing, evergreen tree or dwarf shrub, having a straight trunk with little taper, and a narrow, pointed crown of short, compact, drooping branches with upturned tips; groving to an average height of 15 m. Bark: thin, scaly, and grayish brown. Branches: poor self pruner, keeping dead branches for several … Read more

Order Coleoptera – Beetles

Coleoptera is the largest order within the class of insects. There are more than 350,000 species, and new ones are being described each year. Adult Coleopterans have a great range in body size (less than 1 mm to more than 75 mm) and in body colour. Beetles have chewing mouth parts in both the adult … Read more

Tamarack – Larix Laricina

General – small to medium-sized, averaging 18 m (60 ft) high, deciduous conifer with a sparse, open, narrow, conical crown. Trunk straight. Bark with small scaly patches, grey to red-brown. Twig sender, light brown, numerous short, spur branches. Tamarack Leaves – Deciduous, flat needle, light green, appear in spirals on spur shoots after first year, … Read more

Deer Mouse – Peromyscus Maniculatus

Distinguishing Features – Overall colouration, varying from pale buff to deep reddish-brown upperparts; sides and underparts whitish; tail blackish on top and whitish below; nose and inside of ears, pink. Size 12 cm (4.75 in) Habitat Widespread throughout Northwestern Ontario in a broad range of environments from woodlands to open grasslands; also in semi-rural areas, … Read more