Canadian Wildlife Photography Vacations and Train Tours in Northern Ontario Canada

Canadian Walleye & Northern Pike Fishing Wilderness Vacations in Northern Ontario Canada by Float Plane or Train


 

Wildlife Viewing & Photography
Are Great in the Boreal Forests of Northern Ontario Canada

The boreal forests of Northern Ontario Canada are home to a great diversity of wildife. At our wilderness resort you can have significant opportunities to see many types of animals and birds native to the boreal forest. The two most popular animals, and most common, animals to see are the magnificent moose and the opportunistic Black Bear. Besides Moose and Black Bear opportunities to see Mink, Otter and Lynx are also very common although they are easy to miss. Timber Wolves, Pine Marten, Fisher and other boreal forest wildlife are common in our area but we do not see them very much because they are forest hunter without much liking for water.

Moose
Moose sightings are most common in June and July, and fairly common in September. Although Moose are the largest members of the Deer family, they are very different from Deer. Aside from being approximately 4 times larger, they are adapted to eating underwater plants, and are mush more intelligent than Deer. They are also not a herd animal and keep to themselves most of the year. Deer also carry a number of diseases which have little effect on Deer but are deadly to Moose.

In June and July the underwater plants are growing and succulent in the wetlands of Wabatongushi where the Moose spend hours grazing underwater. Moose Calves are generally born in early June. Since the female moose "cow moose" are often feeding in the water we generally get good sightings of calves at this time of year. Black Bears are the biggest predators of Moose, especially the calves, so the female moose keeps a close eye on the forest edge. Because female moose do not wander very far the female moose on Lake Wabatongushi have become very used to our boats and really do not consider us a threat. We can generally watch them for hours as long as we do not get too close. In May the Moose are generally back from the waters edge eating the new spring growth on the trees. In August the moose again stay back from the waters edge eating the summer crop of baerries and nuts. By September the berries and nuts are depleted so the Moose again start grazing in the water. Male Moose,"Bull Moose", lose their antlers every year. They start growing a new set of antlers in May to early June. By late June the antlers are getting fairly large and are generally full size by early August when they start rubbing off the skin covering their antlers. By early September the Moose antlers are fully formed and polished ready for the mating season. The Moose generally start to call and mate as soon as we get the first hard frost

Black Bears
Black Bears are one of the most intelligent and adaptable bear species in the world. They are much more intelligent and adaptable than their big blond cousin, the Grizzly Bear" They are actually more intelligent than most other animals. and in general behave much like their small distant cousin, the raccoon. Black Bears are generally Black, but can be reddish brown, brown and very rarely white. Many have a white patch on their chest. Black Bears are the only common bear species in Ontario. Polar Bears are the only other bear species in Ontario but they can only be found in Ontario far north around James Bay and Hudson Bay.

Black Bears entire life revolves around food. First thing in the spring and through to the early July, the Black Bears mostly eat insects, small animals, fish and spring vegetation growth. If food is really scarce, Black Bears will eat larger animals. Immediately after the ice goes out we see black bears in the shallow streams where they feed on the spawning Walleye and Suckers. Throughout the spring they also eats a lot of the young animals so we occasionally see them tearing apart beaver houses to get the young beaver which are not yet swimming first thing in the spring. Black Bears will also raid any bird nests they find.

As soon as the Dragon Flies start hatching in early June the Black Bears start walking the shore line eating the hatching Dragon Flies. This is unfortunate since the Dragon Flies are the biggest predator of Black Flies and Mosquitos. Because of our extensive wetlands we have more than enough Dragon Flies to keep the Mosquito and Black Fly population low. In other areas with less wetlands, the Black Bears can actually be responsible for higher Mosquito and Black Fly populations because they eat so many of the hatching Dragon Flies.

Black Bear cubs are born in January while the female Black Bear,"sow bear" is "hibernating". 2 to 4 cubs are common. We do see the female bears with cubs but they tend to be more wary than other bears because the other bears, especially the amles, will kill and eat the cubs. The cubs will stay with the female bear through their second winter but she separates from them early in the spring of their second year, when they are about 16 months old, because she is ready to mate. Black Bears generally mate every second year. For more information on Black Bears please go to www.OntarioBlackBears.com.

Mink
Mink are very common along the shoreline because their primary diet is fish. They swim very well around the shallower areas looking into creaces for small fish and cray fish. Because they are small most people miss seeing them.

River Otters Northern Ontario CanadaOtters
Otter tend to stay in the rivers and shallow bays, and small ponds adjacent to Lake Wabatongushi. But they do come out into the amin lake. Watch for periscope bobbing up out of the water. If you are fishing, Otters will occasionally steal fish off stringers when you are not watching.

Lynx Swimming Northern Ontario CanadaLynx
Lynx actually like the water and we occasionally see them swimming quite a ways from land. They also hunt small rodents in the grassy areas adjacent to the lake. Because of their colouring it is very easy to miss seeing them.

Timber Wolves
Timber wolves are the largest species of wolf in the world. They are very large, almost the size of a deer, which probably explains why the few deer that migrate north into our area don't seem to make it through the winter. Timber Wolves are very intelligent but shy. They do not like water so we only see them very occasionally along the lake shore. Timber Wolves will wade in the water to cool themselves when the temperatures become really hot.

We hope you enjoyed this little bit of information about our wild neighbours at Wilderness Island Resort.

Thank You
Al & Doris Errington


Books about Wildlife
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Wildlife Books

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals

Mammals (National Audubon Society First Field Guide)

Black Bear books

Black Bear Country

The Wonder of Black Bears (Animal Wonders)

Moose Books

Ecology and Management of the North American Moose

Moose

Moose: Giants of the Northern Forest

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