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Pinery abundant with rare wildlife


Just an hour and twenty minutes to the west of London on Lake Huron is a unique and beautiful nature preserve -- Pinery Provincial Park.

While many Southwestern Ontario people know the Pinery as a "go to" summer spot for beaches and camping, it offers much to nature enthusiasts through all four seasons.

One of the most important aspects of the Pinery is its oak savanna habitat. Because this is such an unusual form of Carolinian forest it has become home to unique and rare species of plants and animals.

I spoke this week with Alistair MacKenzie who is responsible for natural heritage education and resource management at the park. I was astounded to learn that there are 160 "tracked species." These include plants, insects, birds, and other animals. Some of these species are at risk. The Eastern hog-nosed snake for example is threatened and is protected by both federal and provincial laws.  more...

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