Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls

Wild Ontario

This exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory highlights the incredible biodiversity in our province, featuring features a variety of species both common and at risk in our communities.
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Wild Ontario Exhibit

Running from Feb 17 to Apr 29 daily – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This exciting exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory highlights the incredible biodiversity we have in our province, featuring a variety of species both common and at risk in our communities. Learn why some species may do well around people while others are at risk.

An exciting chance to experience the 5 most well-known classes of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish and invertebrate. You will see a barn owl, American kestrel, porcupine, skunk, wood turtle, spotted turtle, common toad, grey tree frog, yellow spotted salamander, black rat snake, garter snake and gar pike.

In addition to the live animal exhibit, panel displays focus on other Ontario species including those at risk, major ecosystems, and what people in Ontario and around the world can do to assist species in their communities and their own backyards.

Map showing three main ecozones of Ontario

Ecozones of Ontario

An ecozone is a geographical area separated from its neighbours by its mineral and rock structure. Ontario, the second largest province in Canada, contains three unique ecozones: the Hudson Bay Lowlands, the Ontario Shield, and the Mixed Wood Plains.

The geology of an area is an important factor in determining both the type and number of plants and animals that may live there. Scientists separate landmasses into ecozones to study things based on similar or dissimilar groupings, like studying different sections of the same subject in school.

Visitors looking at an exhibit

Education at Niagara Parks

Wild Ontario introduces visitors to the amazing world and diversity of Ontario’s native species. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for educators to present students with a variety of important topics that touch on multiple links to the Ontario curriculum.

Students explore animal adaptations, including winter survival adaptations; diversity, such as mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish and plant characteristics, species at risk and what we can do to help; Ontario ecosystem and habitat loss; food chains; and invasion and naturalization of species.

Contact our group sales team to learn about how you can introduce your students to Ontario biodiversity at the Butterfly Conservatory’s Wild Ontario exhibit. Call 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2 to get started!


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