Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hubby, the tourist

Hubby took the car into Subaru Ottawa. It was a 100,000 km check, and very major. It was supposed to start at 9 a.m., so he left here at 7:00 a.m., after a big trip the day before for his Bone Scan.
They didn't start working on it until 11:30, for a 4-hour maintenance. It wasn't ready until after 4 p.m. This is truly deceitful.
They knew they hadn't begun, but then didn't tell him. I was so angry. We have EnRoute, and I can go online to see where the car is. I told him when he phoned.
The bill was $1000. The poor man had to drive the 82km home through Ottawa rush hour.

He made the best of it. He had his birthday camera, and he's getting better at photos!
Hubby did the on-off bus tour until 4:00, and did the touristy stuff. He wouldn't let me go with him, as he knew I'd drive him nuts. It was nuts during his bone scan. He had a nice sleep in the tube. (I've done all the museums with kids and students!)

I had to research this one: La Machine, one of a pair of huge mechanical creatures will walk about Ottawa!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Baiting Bears for hunting and the impact on populations

We seem to have an increase in bear populations in our region. It's highly unusual (lo, these 7 years here) to see a bear beyond May. The young 'uns resettle in new territory, leaving momma with the new litter. The young 'uns learn to avoid diurnal humans, and scootch about in the night, or early hours. Bear baiting, deer baiting and bird feeders have an impact on wildlife populations.

In this case, they found that the Wisconsin bears were surviving and thriving and 40% of their food sources were humans: bear and deer baiting. Sadly, the bear population is becoming more dense, and hunters are not always utilising healthy choices. Some bears had been consuming high-sugar foods, like cookies, donuts and candies. This is not a good thing.
What an interesting study! I like reading pure research. This was amazing. They studied the food that bears eat by analysing their fur and bones, contributed by hunters in Northern Wisconsin. There are 30 states that permit bear hunting. Twelve of these states allow hunters to bait their hunting grounds prior to the opening of hunting season.
Baiting exists in Canada, as well.

Of course, any food you put out for any critters will be exploited by all the critters, from small rodents, to large bears. Some unethical photographers bait owls in order to assure a great photo.

Ontario permits bear hunting, as well as bear baiting: Bear Baiting OFAH Regs. (PDF)
New black bear hunting regulations in Ontario

Coyote Watch Canada
 points out that feeding wildlife isn't a right. Feeding animals isn't a privilege. It is time to rethink the behaviour of humans to respond to the human/wildlife conflicts that result from such food hand outs. Conflicts don't just mean human injuries, or deaths, it also means habituating animals to human food sources, scents, or calls. People who bait, lure and attract animals for selfish needs (be they photographers, film-makers, researchers, residents, nature nuts) all contribute to this habituation. All those sweet owl videos, or wild animals living with humans, can have fatal mistakes.
Coyote Watch Canada Please help wildlife stay wild and wary of people by not feeding them or drawing them into an area. What you do today, impacts other beings tomorrow; both human and non-human. 

I made the mistake of putting the bird feeder back outside! I hadn't seen a bear in a month.  The big feeder (left) was empty. I haven't seen him since then. No food source, no bear.

Canadian Black-Bear Baiting Investigation | PETA

Every year, tens of thousands of black bears in North America are killed by an indefensible practice called ...

Then there are those hunting them with drones.

We found that hunter-deployed bear baits were highly available on public lands in northern Wisconsin, USA and that baits contributed to >40% of harvested black bear diets, not only in the year of their harvest but throughout their lifetimes.We postulate that this subsidization is contributing to the high bear population density in the state, and we recommend management actions to limit the availability of this highly caloric and novel food resource on the landscape.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Manotick Remembrance Park & Cenotaph

On the way home from Bone Scan #4, we stopped in Manotick, to check out their new park.  It was just opened July 2, 2017. I'd spotted it on the way past, going into Ottawa. I could see the beautiful statue, and decided we should stop in on our way home. I used to live just outside Manotick, I taught there, as well, in Manotick P.S. (We did a big heritage day one year, and invited the press, hence the photo!)
Manotick P.S. 1993
Anyway, enough fond memories, back to the park. The land was donated, The Clapp Family barns, and used to hold a farm. It is just beside the iconic Manotick Mill, now a museum. As ever, there are lots of ducks hanging about around the mill.

The Manotick Legion explains the project, with contributions from the community association, and found funding from several sources. They have a podcast, to explain the different areas of the park.

  • 6 custom gardens designed by local Horticulturalist and a Director of the Manotick Horticultural Society, Anne Clark-Stewart, that will honour branches of the Canadian military and those who support them:

Artist Nathan Scott

Check out this video of Sculpture Artist Nathan Scott creating the bronze sculpture for the Remembrance Park in Manotick.

Nathan Scott is located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada.