Monday, July 21, 2014

This past weekend our family headed out to Saskatoon Saskatchewan for a family wedding.

Travelling with the kids just keeps getting easier the older they get.  Our last 45min was a little rough as their energy was confined for too long and they needed to get out and run around.  

After a little visit with some family we headed back to the hotel for some time in the pool and on the waterslides.  
All dressed up and ready for a wedding!

Daddy an Alyssa having a little swing while they wait.

Photo bomb!

Cousin Kurtis seeing his bride coming down the aisle.

Beautiful bride Valerie




First kiss as husband and wife



Emerson and Daddy




Hop Skip and a Jump to the reception.

Games!

Emerson trying it out

Connect 4.  Emerson vs. Daddy

Emerson taking a peek at Jenga

Alyssa pulling out a piece and making sure she doesn't knock it over

Travis being oh so careful


Family picture!

Family Picture: Uncle Dax, Michelle, Travis, Uncle Kenny, Auntie Robin, NeeNee, Auntie Coral, Cousin Stacey, Uncle Harvey, Alyssa and Emerson

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Endangered Lemurs




After a cool night Ring Tailed Lemurs often like to have a sunbath, to get them warmed up. Ring Tailed Lemurs are Endangered !!! Ring Tailed Lemurs are Endangered because of people, people are moving in and then the forests are getting cut down and when the forests get cut down the Lemurs have nowhere to go and nothing to eat. People's pet dogs and cats are attacking the baby Lemurs too. Biologists think there are about 100,000 Ring Tailed Lemurs on the island of Madagascar, the other Lemurs that live on Madagascar don't have as much Lemurs as the Ring Tailed Lemur. Tell your friends to save them by learning more about them, donating to organizations that help save endangered lemurs and telling their friends too.  Here are some links to check out.
http://gifts.worldwildlife.org/gift-center/gifts/Species-Adoptions/Ring-tailed-Lemur.aspx
http://www.defenders.org/ring-tailed-lemur/what-you-can-do
http://theconversation.com/new-action-plan-to-save-madagascars-at-risk-lemurs-23443

By     Alyssa.H.




  

Friday, April 04, 2014

12 Mile Coulee

I was finally able to volunteer in Emerson's class.  We went for a walk in the 12 Mile Coulee with a naturalist from the City of Calgary's bird sanctuary.  It was a beautiful day!  
We learnt about all the things trees need in the Spring to help them grow. Sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Trees are so helpful and important to people.

Sprinkling water on all the little seeds to grow into trees.

First Nations used the white powder off of aspen trees as a natural sunscreen.  We just used one finger to see because the tree needs its natural protection too.



Seeds from inside the Wolf Willow Berries are used in beading for necklaces and other things by First Nations.

Wolf Willow Berries, also called Silver (I can't remember the second part)

Rose hips

Huddling together like chickadees to stay safe from the hawk circling overhead.

Hawk!  (you can click on the picture to enlarge and zoom in)  Most likely a young broad winged hawk.

Owl skull.  Did you know that Owl's eyes are immobile inside their eye sockets? That is why they have to move their head around so much.  Also their ears are on two different places on their heads, not parallel like ours.  See picture below.



Magpie nest.

These nests are called covered nests, Magpies lay their eggs when it is still very snowy out and this keeps their eggs and babies safe from the elements and predators.

Feeling a Magpie wing.


Chickadee.  When they get really angry they make the sound "Chick- a- dee- dee- dee" when they're happy and trying to attract a mate they make a nice soft whistling sound that sounds like "cheeeeseburger"

Perfect day for a walk in the Coulee.

Discovered what could be a woodpecker's cavern nest, we could hear them but didn't see any.

Waxwing

Checking out a Robin's nest

Waxwing taking off, probably because we were quite noisy.

Robin!

Porcupine having an afternoon nap in a nearby tree.

Skull of a Porcupine.


A Waxwing and all his friends....