Plants and Animals of Algonquin Provincial Park
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Plants and Animals of Algonquin Provincial Park
   
 

Plants and Animals  
For many people visiting Algonquin Park, observing wildlife is an important part of their visit. Each year, Park Naturalists seem to get more and more inquiries on where to find specific animals or "What did I see?" questions. As a result of its larger amount of natural habitat and of its geographic placement, Algonquin Park has a rich blend of northern and southern plant and animal species (see Geography section).

For many wildlife watchers from areas to the south, visiting Algonquin means going 'up north' to see species that are at the southern edge of their range. These species include Moose, Eastern Wolf, Common Raven, Gray Jay, and Spruce Grouse. For visitors from the north, Algonquin is the beginning of a warmer environment, characterized by a greater composition of deciduous tree species in the forest. This in turn supports more southern species such as White-tailed Deer.

The 7,725 km2 of Algonquin Park is home to over 1,000 species of plants, including 34 species of native trees. Plus 53 species of fish, 31 species of reptiles and amphibians, 272 species of birds, 53 species of mammals, and more than 7,000 species of insects!

For may people Algonquin Park is synonymous with wildlife watching whether it is the gliding flight of a Gray Jay or a Moose wading in a beaver pond -- Algonquin is home to a wide variety of plant and animals species.

For more information about the plants and animals found in Algonquin Provincial Park, click on a link below:

Suggested Reading
Educators: Learn more about Algonquin’s habitats, download readings and worksheets from the Educator Resources section of the Web Site, or you may also learn more through the following publications:

Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Algonquin Provincial Park
This list includes species, hybrids and subspecies that are native in Algonquin Park.


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Trees of Algonquin Provincial Park
Of all the living things that inhabit Algonquin Provincial Park, none are more important than the trees. Trees are by far the largest living things in the Park and they almost completely blanket the landscape. With a little practice you can quickly become adept at identifying all of Algonquin's trees, and this will open the door to understanding the fascinating world of Algonquin Provincial Park.


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Birds of Algonquin Provincial Park
Many visitors to Algonquin Park are unaware that it offers a unique opportunity for seeing and hearing the birds of Ontario. This book will introduce you to the main habitats of the Park and to many of the common species, 77 in all. Through colour photographs and short accounts we hope to encourage you to discover and enjoy them for yourself.


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Checklist and Seasonal Status of the Butterflies of Algonquin Provincial Park
A publication intended for the active butterfly enthusiast seeking detailed information of the occurence and seasonal status of Algonquin's butterflies. This book is a compliment to the publication, Butterflies of Algonquin Provincial Park.


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Wildflowers of Algonquin Provincial Park
Anyone who visits Algonquin Park during the spring and summer will see wildflowers. The Park has many different habitats within its borders and each area has its own distinct wildflowers. This book has over 55 colour photographs of the most common wildflowers in the Park, and will give you an idea of the incredible richness and beauty of the plant world and how important plants are to the ecology of Algonquin Park.


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Checklist and Seasonal Status of the Birds of Algonquin Provincial Park
Newly revised 2004 edition. This publication features a list of all of the bird species that have been recorded within Algonquin Park, as well as their status (e.g. common, uncommon, rare) and the time of year when they are normally found. There is also information on specific sites to go birding and to find some of Algonquin's specialties.


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Fishes of Algonquin Provincial Park
Fishes of Algonquin Provincial Park introduces readers to the 53 currently occuring Park fish species with over 70 outstanding coloured photos of live fish. Written by Dr. Nick Mandrak who conducted the definitive study of Park fishes in the 1990's, and his mentor E.J. Crossman of the Royal Ontario Museum, this book breaks new ground in helping a wider audience get to know and appreciate the fish fauna of a major Canadian park.


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Mammals of Algonquin Provincial Park
Fifty-three species of mammals have been found in Algonquin Provincial Park. This book explains the life history of these mammals. The many illustrations help to make it easier to identify them, and the book also contains a useful reference chart for distinguishing tracks and scats.


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The Best of the Raven
This is a collection of short essays from the Park's famous educational newsletter, The Raven. The purpose of this book is to introduce some of The Raven's best articles on a wide variety of topics, since the newsletter began in 1960.


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The Reptiles and Amphibians of Algonquin Provincial Park
Completely revised, and for the first time using coloured photographs, the new edition of Reptiles and Amphibians of Algonquin Provincial Park does more than merely introduce readers to the 31 species of turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders that have been recorded in Ontario's most famous provincial park. Numerous sidebars delve into the fascinating biology and life histories of Park reptiles and amphibians, drawing heavily on over 25 years of research conducted in the Park by the book's senior author, Dr. Ron Brooks of the University of Guelph. Perhaps the best small book on these subjects ever written in Canada.


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Butterflies of Algonquin Provincial Park
Butterflies are a diverse and extremely widespread group of insects. In Algonquin Provincial Park, 84 species have been identified representing most of the North American butterfly families. The real strength of this book lies in an overview of the biology of butterflies that is generally lacking in most field guides. Hopefully, it will stimulate your interest to go beyond the identification and listing stages, and will lead to your own discoveries of the natural history, ecology and behaviour of butterflies. This book contains over 100 colour photographs.


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Insects of Algonquin Provincial Park
A great majority of animal species in Algonquin Provincial Park are insects. The purpose of this book is to give you an overview of these fascinating creatures. It is impossible to include all of the thousands of insects species found in the park, but the major groups, most common, and especially interesting insects are discussed and captured with over 200 colour photographs.


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