National, provincial, and state parks and preserves where our family has visited over the years are being included. Lists of flora and fauna are incomplete for some as information is not available. More parks will be added.
- Canada – National
- Canada – Provincial
- United States – East
- United States – West
- United States – Pacific West
- Outside North America
- Birdwatching in Mexico – A list of birds sighted by our two grandsons when they lived in northern Mexico
- Caring for Conservation Areas – An article for park officials and visitors
- International Peace Garden – A joint Canadian – U.S. project on the Manitoba – North Dakota border, commemorating the long and peaceful coexistence of the people of the two countries
- Stokes Pit – An endangered wetland area in Surrey, British Columbia
- Wetlands in National Parks – list of types of wetlands and their functions and values
- Micro-photos of trees
Over the years, our family has travelled in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In this section, we include provincial, state, and national parks and preserves that we have visited. On each page, we mention some history and attractions, and taxonomy of the flora and fauna, as available. The species range from plentiful to very rare, but this information is not included on these pages. Be aware that many of the birds listed with the various parks are migratory; thus, they will be seen only at specific times of the year.From time to time, a park will be contacted for information. We appreciate the assistance and interest of those parks which have responded with the requested information and those which have stated that they do not have any information currently. We regret that some parks have not responded either way. On each page, the persons involved have been mentioned. In creating these pages, we have discovered how much we have missed in our visits. We hope that these pages will be useful to our readers.
We have seen that some parks and preserves have detailed information on the fauna and flora within their jurisdictions. Some have limited information, which we have used. However, there are some that do not have any lists at all. A few of these are working on lists. For those that have not begun this work, there may be various reasons, one of which is imposed budget restraints. The lists can be beneficial to biologists, conservationists, researchers, tourists, nature-lovers, and others. What can all of us do to make these lists available and to help preserve our fauna and flora?
We live in a time when we have become aware of the depletion of species of flora and fauna, soil and water quality, and other natural resources. In an effort to increase a nation’s, a corporation’s, or a personal standard of living, these depletions have been a bi-product. However, there are among these groups those who have recognized the problem and have made an effort to reverse the trend. Is it now too late? We all can thank those who have created and maintained such parks and preserves as those described in these pages. We should not take this for granted.
As we visit these places, we need to be aware of the regulations for preservation and to do our part in obeying them. These include such factors as care with campfires, contact with wildlife, destruction of plant life, and littering. Actually, these same factors apply outside reserved areas, as well. There is so much to see and enjoy in these areas. Let us enjoy the association with nature and help make it possible for others present and future to enjoy it, too.