Wild Lily-of-the-Valley “Canada Mayflower”

General – a perennial from slender, branched, creeping rhizomes; stems single, erect, 5 – 25 cm tall, hairy at least above. Wild Lily-of-the-Valley Leaves – alternate, 1 – 3 on flowering stem; broadly heart-shaped to oval, 2 – 8 cm long, pointed at tip, somewhat hairy; short stalked or stalkless; 1 long-stalked leaf at stem … Read more

Northwestern Ontario Forestry Facts

Northwestern Ontario’s vast forests have spawned an enormous regional enterprise based on wood. The region’s forest products are valued at more than $3 billion a year and the industry provides more than 15,000 jobs. The most valuable forest product by sales is wood pulp, produced by five mills (Weyerhauser in Dryden, Bowater in Thunder Bay, … Read more

Raccoon – Procyon Lotor

Distinguishing Features – Overall colouration, grizzled-gray mixed with reddy-brown, giving “salt & pepper” look, darker on back; sides, more grayish; underside, brownish with a whitish highlights. Dominant black mask extends from eyes across cheeks. Ears, edged in white; tail bushy with prominent dark rings. Size 75 – .93 m (2.5 – 3.1 ft) Habitat Much … Read more

Arctic Hare – Lepus Timidus Var. Lepus Arcticus

Distinguishing Features – Weight: 1 – 4 kg. This hare varies geographically depending on habitat and altitude. The length of the body and head ranges from 430 – 610 mm. Tail length can be as little as 40 mm or as long as 70 mm. Hind feet vary from 145 – 180 mm and ear … Read more

Ermine – Mustela Erminea

Distinguishing Features – Overall colouration – in summer, brown upperparts; creamy legs, sides and chest. Tail, long, tipped in black. In winter, colouration is pure white except for black-tipped tail. Ermine Size Male: 25.4 – 33 cm (10 – 13 in) Female: 21.5 – 26 cm (8.5 – 10.25 in) Habitat Wide range throughout Northwestern … Read more