karen – please report them to CVC through Dawn Renfrew and take down as much information, like photos and location, as you can. If you’re not sure it’s rare, still call! You can also report it to the MNRF.
People can email me with questions anytime. I love to talk to people when they’re interested in the natural areas of the Credit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Bob, this has been really great information for people living with nature.
Thank you everyone for joining us! We are at the end of the Ask the Expert live chat. Bob, you are a wealth of knowledge, thank you for being our guest expert.
Karen – I don’t know. I’m not surprised given the last two cold winters and the drought this summer. Plants normally seed early or more abundantly when stressed. Expect more with climate change.
I’ve noticed some heavy acorn production this year – is this normal?
Aurora – I was laughing too. I was about to be embarrassed, because I don’t know of a kind of fish called a mink fish!
karen – owls are more wide spread than you’d think. I would look for coniferous trees near open meadows. Obviously, look for them at night. The naturalist clubs often promote owl prowl nights each year across our watershed. You’d most likely see a screech owl, barred owl or great horned owl. Report any sightings of barn owls, as they are very rare.
I’m laughing because I misread ‘mink fish’, thinking it was a type of fish.
What a cool experience to see a mink in action!
Auntenie – No. The only native salmon to the east coast and Lake Ontario is the Atlantic Salmon that does not die after spawning. The ecology of the west coast of Canada depends on the annual die off of Pacific fish, to provide nutrients to the stream and land and to feed the bears and other wildlife. Our ecosystem here doesn’t.
Where is a good place to find owls? Is there a certain kind of habitat they prefer?
Aurora – Mink are carnivores and will eat fish and actually muskrat are their favourite food. They usually build their dens in log jams and their denning sites are protected by law but they’re very difficult to find. Also pretty common among armour stones along Lake Ontario. Please report any siting of their cousin the otter.
Hi Bob! I was walking along the Credit River in Mississauga and saw a dead salmon. Do all species of salmon die after spawning?
Riverrunner- there’s a great view from the bridge in the Meadowvale park. I saw a salmon swimming the other week.