Despite many disturbances, and in spite of the large numbers of people ( in excess of 1.4 million visits a year), bicycles, and dogs that frequent the park, it is still home to a large and diverse community of plants and animals typical of boreal fores ts in eastern Canada.
The Point Pleasant Park Management Plan identifies nine principal habitats found within the park including Benthic/Intertidal; Open Water; Boulder & Cobble Shoreline; Freshwater Pond; Bog, Barren/Heath; Mixed Forest (Red Spruce, Balsam Fir, Red & White Pine, Red Maple, and White Birch), Coastal Forest (White Spruce); and Cultural Imposed.
The Nova Scotia Bird Society has recorded 153 species of birds in the Park including 39 species know to have nested there. A half dozen or more species of mammals have recently been recorded there including an introduced Coatimundi (Nasua nasua). Four species of amphibians, and five species of reptiles are found in the park and at least twenty species of fish have been recorded in the waters around the Park.
There are a very large number of invertebrates found in the Park, only some of which have been identified and studied.
The following photo gallery pictures some of the more abundant animals found there. We plan to continue adding photos to the gallery and we invite anyone with photographs of animals taken there to submit them for inclusion. Click on any of the thumb nails to see a larger view of the animal.
|Red Squirrel: Tamiasciurus
Feeding on Red Spruce cones.
|Racoon: Procyon lotor
An adult sleeping in a den.
|Black Duck: Anas rubripes
Feeding on along the shore.
|BlueJay: Cyanocitta cristata
Feeding in a Red Spruce.
|Downey Woodpecker: Picoides
An adult feeds bark insects to a juvenile.
|Robin: Turdus migratorius
Feeding on ground invertebrates.
An active feeder on Red Spruce.
An active feeder on insects on Red Spruce.
A resident throughout the year.
Becoming increasingly common.
A visitor from urban habitats.
|Dark-eyed Junco: Junco hyemalis
A ground-foraging sparrow.
|An American Crow: Corvus
a common bird in the park and city.
|ACommon Grackle: Quiscalus
a summer breeder in the park.
|One of a pair of Merlins: Falco
apparently nesting in the Park.
|Green Frog: Rana clamitans
Found in ponds & bogs.
Abundant under rocks & logs.
|Northern Ringneck Snake:
Persists in undisturbed areas.
|Easttern Painted Turtle:
Introduced to the bog pond.
|A Noctuid Moth:
Disguised on Red Spruce bark.
|The Banded Purple:
A woodland butterfly.
|A Mourning Cloak : Nymphalis
They hibernate as adults and can be
observed in the early spring and late fall.
A female: found near bogs and ponds.
|A male White-faced Meadowhawk
common throughout the forest.
|An (as yet) unidentified Damselfly
common near ponds.
A metallic woodboring beetle.
|A Checkered Beetle
avid predators of woodboring beetles.
|The Rustic Borer:
A common borer on Red Spruce.
|Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle:
An introduced woodboring beetle.
|A Braconid Wasp: Atanycolus
Common in the Park they are
parasites of woodboring insects.
|Traces of Woodboring Beetles
feeding on cambium beneath the bark.
|Bark Beetles (Scolytidae) resin tubes:
very common in the Park.
|Horntail Wasps (Siricidae) burrows:
Sawyer wasps are abundant.
|Black and Yellow Argiope:
A large spider of wet meadows.
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