References to news stories, blog entries, and website updates relevant to experiencing and appreciating the natural environment, especially (but not limitted to) the Algonquin Highlands and the adjacent Ottawa Valley.
(This page was generated on Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:57:29 -0500.)
Brent Store: As the sign says, "Downtown Brent Business District". But of course, this is the only building in downtown Brent.
We first patronized the Brent Store in 1976 at the halfway point of a trans Algonquin Park canoe trip (Trip Log - Canoe Lake to Brent and Return). At that time, Brent was a divisional point on the railway. However the tracks were removed over ten years ago and no permanent residents remain. But the store still operates and is run by Algonquin Outfitters, catering to canoe trippers and summer campers. Our understanding is that its most popular product is ice-cream cones, but it also provides complete outfitting (if prearranged).
(A random Algonquin Park related posting from The View from Point Alexander.)
How To Start Winter Camping: borrow, rent or improvise gear for your initial trips. | WinterCampers.com
Winter camping can be gear intensive. Snowshoes, sleeping bags, down booties, and extra clothing can be expensive â€“ especially if they are only used o
Red Lake Outfitters
For the first time Red Lake Outfitters entered a float for the local Red Lake Santa Parade and had a great time. Despite very cold temps in the -20′s and strong winds making it feel colder, lots of people came out to support this annual local tradition. We dressed up our shuttle truck with two canoes, snowshoes, and had it pull a trailer showing our winter camping scene. A big thanks to our volunteers who helped make this happen and to Frank McWhinnie for the use of his trailer and generator. We have even better ideas for next year, so look for us then in the 2014 parade.
You can't deck the halls without the perfect Christmas tree. Every kid knows that's where Santa puts the presents. For adults, it's the fragrant hallmark of Christmas past, present and future.
From Patrick Barkham's encounters with badgers to a revolutionary look at birdlife, Stephen Moss picks the best nature books of the year
How To Start Winter Camping? Be prepared. Winter camping requires advanced planning. Research books, internet web sites, discussion boards and blogs d
OTTAWA — The immense forests of Canada’s north, relied on as a natural way to soak up greenhouse gases, are threatening to become major emitters of these gases instead.
How do you start out winter camping? Making the trip enjoyable should be your primary goal, not how many miles you cover or how fast you get to your
Perhaps you are intrigued by the thought of winter camping because: You want to visit a popular location, like the Adirondack High Peaks, without ...
Paul Kirtley's Blog
Feathersticks are extremely useful yet many people who enjoy bushcraft, survival
Section Hiker has posted warnings for those people trying to assess the potential warmth of their sleeping bags. Key points are: The winter sleeping bag ...
Meteorological winter starts today. Meteorological winter is determined by climatological temperatures while astronomical winter is determined by earth's orbit.
Huge sheets of ice carved out the U-shaped valleys that hold New York's Finger Lakes. When they retreated north about 10,000 years ago, glaciers left deposits of gravel that dammed streams and caused the depressions to become lakes.
Ontario Parks is home to amazing natural places, and it’s our job to look after them. At Burnt Lands Provincial Park, a non-operating Nature Reserve near Almonte, park staff and partners came together to do just that.
A record amount paid for a painting by Canadian artist Emily Carr helped the Heffel Fine Art Auction House set a sales record in its fall auction Thursday.
Bryan's Boat Building
Here's another video you might enjoy, I know I did. (Very "Mason-esque".)
Nick Dearden: Plans to apply market values to forests and waterways to protect them could lead to the destruction of everything nature gives us
Learn to Camp was recently honoured with the “Innovator of the Year” award by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. The market response to the program has impressed and inspired even the staff at Ontario Parks! Jeff Brown, Learn to Camp Coordinator says,
It is a home to southern creatures such as the five-lined skink and loggerhead shrike, but also of the northern ones including the wolf, grey jay and moose. ... As soon as it gets into lots of coniferous trees, no exposed bedrock you're on the ...
We present here a sneak peak at some of the submissions so far to the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest.
Two asteroids crashed into Earth in the Carboniferous Period, leaving this distinctive pair of craters in northwestern Quebec.
â€śFrench Riverâ€ť canvas expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000.
Chase Jarvis Blog
What are the top lenses are for your camera platform? In part one of this four-part series, we explore the top five lenses from Canon.
The precipitous loss of native vegetation across the United States has led to a dramatic decline of insect populations.
Visit one of Ontario Nature’s reserves this winter for free fun and fitness. Snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, birding, geocaching and making snow angels – there is so much to do so don’t delay!
Ever wondered what Algonquin looked like 100 years ago? Now you'll know.
Winter is associated with migration, hibernation, changes in animal behavior, plants becoming dormant, and humans experiencing special health concerns ranging
More than 70 parks and historic sites across Canada, from Banff to L'anse aux Meadows, can now be explored online on Google Street View.
Here is Kevin Callan's late season canoe trip to the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site to try out the Snowtrekker Basecamp Tent.
The Luminous Landscape
Welcome to the night sky! In this tutorial I will describe many of the tools and methods I use to create fine art landscape astrophotographs. I will be focusing on capturing photos of the Milky Way with minimal star movement. This tutorial does not cover star trail photography. My goal as a landscape astrophotographer is to create high quality dramatic images of the night sky, and as such I will be focusing on using professional grade tools with a strong attention to detail, with the end goal of being able to create large fine art prints, not just small photos for online viewing.
Confessions of a Science Librarian
It is time. The season of lists begins again!
Lance Richardson: As the US debates whether to remove the wolf from the endangered species list, the fangs and fans are coming out
The Open Space Institute has bought numerous parcels surrounding park borders and then sold them to the State of New York, at cost or below.
Red Lake Outfitters
The Bloodvein River, a stunningly rugged and wild river, spans over 270 km from it’s headwaters in northwestwen Ontario’s Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, to it’s confluence with Lake Winnipeg in northern Manitoba ...
The Tough Mudder, an extreme sports event that bills itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet," resulted in injuries ranging from multiple electrical burns to seizure-induced Todd's paralysis. A case series of serious injuries sustained by participants in one such race was reported online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine -- "Unique Obstacle Race Injuries at an Extreme Sports Event: A Case Series."
A boffinry brawl is taking place over the origin of the domesticated dog, with a new study suggesting that man's best friend came from Europe, not from the Middle East or East Asia as previously thought.
FOXES can be tamed deliberately, by selective breeding (see article). But this probably recapitulates a process that happened accidentally, many millennia ago, to...
The most irreplaceable nature reserves on Earth have been identified by an international team of scientists, based on the large numbers of threatened animals and birds they harbour. They range from a ...
After paddling this weekend I came away with a couple new ideas that we should emphasise so students are prepared for real-life rescues.
Ontario is proposing a pilot program that will enhance public safety while offering an effective response to nuisance bear issues in the north.
New research has uncovered an underutilized berry that could be the new super fruit, the buffaloberry. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, found that buffaloberries contain large amounts of lycopene and a related acidic compound, methyl-lycopenoate, which are important antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for human health.
University of Washington researchers have found that tree cover actually causes snow to melt more quickly in warm, Mediterranean-type climates around the world. Alternatively, open, clear gaps in the forests tend to keep snow on the ground longer into the spring and summer. Their findings were published this fall in Water Resources Research.
Canada reveals climate stance with praise for Australian carbon tax repeal | Environment | theguardian.com
Canada discourages other industrialised nations from following through on their own climate change commitments
One of the things we’re commonly taught about photographing wildlife is to always isolate your subject ...
I had a couple of pieces of 9' Tyvek left over from the home remodeling that I wanted to experiment with for camping applications. I took a piece to use as a ...
If you're outdoors you can easily estimate how long until the sun sets using your fingers. Extend your arm fully and count the number of finger widths between ...
Wild Biology News
Americans place high value on butterfly royalty. A recent study suggests they are willing to support monarch butterfly conservation at high levels, up to about 6 ˝ billion dollars if extrapolated to all U.S. households.
In China and Japan, a 'bring-your-own-chopsticks' movement has sprung up. Could a similar trend take off here, or are we too wedded to disposable plastic cutlery?
Sometimes you have to look out for number one
The "salvage" logging bill is based on an antiquated notion of the role of wildfires in nature.