I have been missing from Garden Walk Garden Talk these last few weeks because…
I have been traveling on nature hikes here and in Canada. Some of you have seen my wildlife pics on Nature and Wildlife Pics or on my feed in Facebook. Any of you can follow this blog or the other on Facebook as some of you already do. You can also “friend” me on Facebook, and see daily postings of eagles and all kinds of wildlife adventures that don’t appear on this blog. Most of my postings as of late have occurred on Nature and Wildlife Pics, so take a hop over there.
One of my trips was just to our local zoo, and I got some really nice images of the animals, along with my “zoo” commentary. I am not political at all, but when it affects nature and the environment, it really may get me involved in discussions. My new posts will highlight these various trips. Let’s start in Algonquin, Ontario, in Canada.
Do you recognize these birds and animals? Two are endemic to Algonquin, Ontario, the Gray Jay and Algonquin wolf. Both are heavily monitored and researched in Ontario. Note the ID bands and the tracking monitor. The Blue Jay we have here in NY. We also have Red Squirrels, but are not seen as frequently as the Gray Squirrels.
Gray Jay research in Algonquin Park began back in the 1960s. The late Russell J. Rutter, a well-known Ontario naturalist, was working in the Park at the time and became intrigued by the Gray Jays he regularly saw. He used a technique called color-banding to identify individual Gray Jays. Catching the jays was easy since they even come to the hand for food. Every jay was given its own unique combination of colored plastic and standard aluminum bands and promptly released. From then on it could be recognized as an individual, and given a name, according to its band combination.The names are a bit odd and are based on where the Jay was found along with behavior traits of the bird.
I plan on going back to Algonquin in Spring to see the moose. It really is great being so close to Canada. They have beautiful wildlife preserves and parks.