Thursday, 21 September 2017

Skunk and Raccoon Release Photos

We were happy to give Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary the opportunity to release some critters on Friday, Sept. 15th. The videos are here! The protocols say that they have to be released within a certain distance of the capture area. We qualified! This is our second year doing this.

I hope the photos are OK. My glasses broke, and we are awaiting a part. I'm finding it hard to read, wearing a pair that are 3 years old. I donated the old ones to charities, you see. sigh.

They arrived just after 1 p.m. and we loaded the two crates onto the wagon and into the wheelbarrow. It's a tough world, and there are a lot of people who care for one another. It takes another kind of person to care for vulnerable, ill, and wounded critters. Melissa is terrific. You can tell she loves the work she does.


The skunks needed encouragement to leave. Melisss broke apart the carrier. They got the idea and just ambled off.



I love how the raccooons puttered away, eating dirt, moss, everything they could. Then, playing in the mud of the frog pond! The last 4 needed a bit of encouragement to leave the safe crate. 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Trip to Venise-en-Québec 5.Fort Lennox, Canals

This is the last post for this particular trip. It predates the critter release, but I was so excited by the aforementioned event.

I've split our two-day trip up into 5 parts, as Québec is quite different.
There are lots of forts dotted across the St. Lawrence, and these big rivers constituted transportation systems in the early parts of colonialisation. Of course, First Nations knew the beauty and power of the rivers. White settlers exploited it for the fur, timber and agricultural opportunities.

Fort Lennox - Sadly it was closed for the season. It was a bit of a detour, but there you go! As is typical, it was built for the was between the US and England.


Here is Fort Lennox, seen overhead on the island. Note the canals!

This is a really interesting system of canals in a couple of spots along the river. I had no idea they were there. Tiny lots, with neighbours head to tail. I guess the opportunity of having your sailboat off your dock must have been great.

What was really interesting were the canals. Yes, in Quebec!
Then there is Saint Zotique!

Saint-Zotique is a Quebec municipality, located about 45 minutes west of Montreal . It is named for Saint Zoticus of Comana . The Saint Lawrence River and Lake St. Francis and along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor , the most populated area in Canada .