Flora & Fauna

Flora

Hiking the trails at Long Lake Provincial Park provides ample opportunities to observe flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes in all parts of the park.

To help as you walk the trails, here is a quick identification guide of some of the park’s most common residents. See what you can spot!

Native Deciduous Hardwoods

Mountain Maple

Striped Maple (Acer pensylvancium)

SAM_1956

Northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

SAM_1964

Red maple (Acer rubrum)

SAM_1955

American beech (Fagus grandifolia)

 

Native Coniferous Softwoods

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Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

SAM_1970

Black spruce (Picea mariana)

SAM_1973

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea)

 

Flowers and Shrubs

Ladyslipper

Pink ladyslipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule)

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Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

Witherod

Witherod (Viburnum nudum)

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Early lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

 

Birds

Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

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Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos)

SAM_2010

American robin (Turdus migratorius)

SAM_2031

Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

SAM_1945

Common loon (Gavia immer)

Reptiles and Amphibians

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Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)

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Maritime Garter Snake (Thamhophrs sirtalis pallidula)

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Eastern Smooth Green Snake (Liochlorophis vernalis vernalis)

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Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus)

Mammals

SAM_2047

Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Insects

SAM_1984

Dragonfly

SAM_1952

Damselfly

 

Further Reading:

Tree Identification Guide for Common Native Trees of Nova Scotia, published by the Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Natural Resources, 2007. Available online as an interactive PDF: https://www.novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/treeid/TreeID2007.pdf

Trees of the Acadian Forest, published by the Government of Nova Scotia, 2012. Available online as an interactive PDF: http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/treeid/Trees_Of_Acadian_Forest2.pdf

Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes, by Todd Boland. Boulder Publications, 2012. Available through Halifax Public Library system.

Reptiles and Amphibians Collection, interactive website published by the Nova Scotia Museum, http://novascotia.ca/museum/amphibians/defaulten.asp

Wildlife and Birds of Nova Scotia, Department of Natural Resources, Province of Nova Scotia, http://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/wns/wns7f.asp.