SPECIES: Some of the Beauty That Lives on the Moraine

The unusual diversity of faces inhabiting the Oak Ridges Moraine is due largely to the Moraine’s vast array of habitats ranging from old growth forest, to kettle lakes, to the rare tallgrass prairie.

 

                                Meadowlarkormlt-meadowlark.jpg

The Eastern Meadowlark was once a common bird of spring in Ontario. It is known by its penetrating whistle, said to sound like ‘spring is here’

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                          White-Tailed Deerormlt-whitetaildeer (1)

The best known and most common of Ontario’s large mammals, the white-tailed deer is our only species of small deer and our most common. Most often seen in the early morning or late afternoon, white-tailed deer tend to have a home range of between one and three hundred acres.

 

                         Red-tailed Hawkormlt-redtailhawk.jpg

Red-tailed Hawk is one of our most common hawks, recognizable by the distinctive rusty reddish feathers in its fanned tail. Its incredibly expansive range includes almost all of North America from arctic tree line to desert. While they might not always be seen, they are often heard, recognizable by their rasping 2-part descending screech.

 

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