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Springtails

2018 March 29

Our front walk goes through an awkward phase each spring. As the snow melts, because the ground is still frozen, the water has nowhere to go. A lot pools on our front walk (on top of a thick layer of ice). On Wednesday morning, we noticed several red splotches on the surface of the water. Closer inspection showed these to be rafts of springtails.

Springtails
Springtails

photo set snow flea springtail

Point Alexander

An Early Spring Drive into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

2018 March 26

On Monday March 26, Bob and Diana drove into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park. It was a beautiful day and we had the park to ourselves; we didn't see a soul from when we left Hwy. 17 until well after we had left the park on the way home. Everything is still pretty much frozen but with a little bare ground in sunny spots. The road was in remarkably good condition, but it's still largely frozen. When we left home we didn't really have an agenda because we didn't know the condition of the road. But the driving was good and we went all the way to Lake Travers. None of the public side roads -- into McManus Lake or into Achray -- were drivable.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

photo set

Achray Road Algonquin Park Barron River Forbes Creek Lake Travers Poplar Rapids (Petawawa River) Pretty Lake Sand Lake Gate

Mark in the Park is now offering Guided Trips

2018 March 25

We are pleased to see that our friend Mark Rubino (of Mark in the Park fame) is now offering guided trips in Algonquin Park (markinthepark / seeking solitude / guided trips).

Mark is a great guy, very knowledgeable about canoe tripping and winter camping. To get an idea of his extensive experience in the Park, check out some of his trip logs: markinthepark / seeking solitude / trip logs. We are confident that he will provide a quality service.

Algonquin Park  Stratton Lake
Algonquin Park  Stratton Lake
Algonquin Park  Stratton Lake
Algonquin Park  Opalescent Lake
Algonquin Park  Brain Lake
Algonquin Park  Brain Lake

photo set

Algonquin Park Brain Lake Opalescent Lake Stratton Lake

Petawawa Research Forest - Celebrating 100 Years

2018 March 21

The first inventory of the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station began in the spring of 1917 and the first research project was initiated in 1918. A new video (~4 min.) overview of the forest has just been released. See Petawawa Research Forest - Celebrating 100 Years.

For a history of the Petawawa Research Forest, see I.C.M. Place (2002), 75 Years of Research in the Woods, A History of Petawawa Forest Experiment Station and Petawawa National Forestry Institute, General Store Publishing House.

Petawawa Research Forest

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What has happened to "What's New"?

2018 March 15

What's New is being replaced by News. While What's New will continue to exist -- at least for a while -- links to it will eventually disappear. News is still under active development and thus its behaviour may be a little quirky at times.

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