Friends of Bronte Creek Park

Flora and Fauna

 

Bronte Creek Provincial Park consists of a variety of different habitats such as tall grass meadows, young predominately deciduous forests, old pastures, creek valley, vernal swamps and ponds. Effects of past logging and farming operations are reflected in the vegetation patterns found in the park today as nature slowly reclaims land lost. Significant plant species include Sassafras and Sycamore trees, Big Blue Stem Grass, Black Eyed Susans and Trilliums.

Many mammal species call the park home including White Tailed Deer, Eastern Coyotes, Raccoons, Virginia Opossums and the rapidly declining Small Brown Bat. Birds in the park include Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds, Turkey Vultures, Baltimore Orioles and Red Tailed Hawks. Seasonal visitors also include Bobolinks, Snow Buntings and several species of owls such as Long Eared Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Reptile species commonly seen in the park include both Midland Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles, Eastern Garter Snakes, Northern Brown Snakes and the occasional Eastern Milk Snake. Visitors can also listen to the songs of Spring Peepers, Gray Treefrogs, American Toads and Green Frogs or spy a shy Eastern Red-backed Salamander on the forest floor. The creek contains Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout as well as Chinook, Coho Salmon and reintroduced Atlantic Salmon.

 

White Tailed Deer

Painted Turtle

Brown Bat

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Red Fox

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