In the Wild

Here are a few of the species you can meet in some of Canada’s amaz­ing wilder­ness va­ca­tion spots

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

Wheatears and surf­birds Yukon | Demp­ster High­way

Canada’s most north­ern high­way, go­ing from Daw­son City to the Arc­tic Cir­cle, is a great spot to see wildlife — es­pe­cially birds. Spot rar­i­ties like the north­ern wheatear (Oenan­the oenan­the) and the surf­bird (Calidris vir­gata). For more in­for­ma­tion, visit env.gov.yk.ca.

Griz­zly bear Bri­tish Columbia | Khutzey­ma­teen Pro­vin­cial Park

Known to sci­en­tists as the North Amer­i­can brown bear (Ur­sus arc­tos), this im­pres­sive car­ni­vore is one of North Amer­ica’s largest mam­mals. You can watch griz­zlies lead their lives from the safety of a boat at this park, Canada’s only sanc­tu­ary for the bears. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit env.gov.bc.ca/parks/.

Bull snake Al­berta | Di­nosaur Pro­vin­cial Park

While tak­ing in the fos­sils at this land­mark park, see Al­berta’s largest rep­tile. The non­ven­omous bull snake (Pi­tuophis catenifer sayi), which can grow up to 2.5 me­tres long, is just one of the species of snake that can be spot­ted in this park. For more, visit al­ber­ta­parks.ca.

Big dip­per fire­fly On­tario | Ojib­way Prairie Com­plex

Found around east­ern North Amer­ica, the big dip­per fire­fly (Phot­i­nus pyralis) can be seen in lawns and fields at mid-sum­mer. Learn more at ojib­way.ca.

North­ern fly­ing squir­rel New Brunswick | Fundy Na­tional Park

This ruddy-colored squir­rel (Glau­comys sabri­nus) is one of the only two species of fly­ing squir­rel found in North Amer­ica, and it’s al­most to­tally noc­tur­nal, so you’ll be lucky to spot one. The squir­rels eat fungi and spread their spores, help­ing the ecosys­tem. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit pc.gc.ca.

North­ern wheatear

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