Category: Fauna


TGIF- game

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Horns from the deer population are filtering through the town with hunting season on. The season was not delayed by the state of emergency from fires this fall but ATV’s were not allowed off road, so the game did not get a break from the fire season.

This guys handle was BC hunter and was a member of the black powder club. Actual hunting with a black powder firearm may or may not be regulation. You check!!!!

On this Day: October 7th 2008

An  asteroid strike is detected before entering the earths atmosphere for the first time.

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TGIF-Wildlife

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Black Bear off Voght Thursday October 31 2013

Bears are about the town again with the returning salmon in the water  they can be a nuisance, especially if you have fruit trees or garbage. The saying a friendly bear is a dead bear still resonates.

 

A MacDonald’s worker said that her partner had success by simply raising his arms well above his head and walking and talking in a normal voice. The bear had an exit and was habitual to humans so it left.

There is a corridor that comes from Swakum mountain with two wildlife crossings over and under the freeway south into town along the Nicola river leading to a lot of bear sign on the river at the end of Garcia street and behind the Century 21 building on Voght street.

A 2 or 3 year ( 200 lbs) old black bear was seen going through the behind the curling rink OOA September 17th at 10 pm. always give a bear a way to escape. KDG

On this Day: September 29th 522 BC

Darius  1 kills a usurper Gumata to secure his grip on being King of Persia.see more

Grasslands of Merritt BC Canada

Hay bale: File Photo KDG

Merritt BC has a huge impact on the province because of grasslands. It is the biggest part of the Southern Interior Uplands region (185 thousand hectors  of grasslands in The British Columbia Grasslands Conservation Councils operations.

The Southern Thompson Upland is the rolling plateau area south of the Thompson River and bounded by the Fraser River valley in the west, the Okanagan valley in the east and the Similkameen River valley in the south. Almost 75% of the grasslands occur in the Interior Douglas-fir zone and 20% in the Bunchgrass zone. Over 85% of all the grasslands are found in the Nicola Valley with smaller areas around Princeton, at Tunkwa Lake and in the Mamit valley. Variations in the grassland species throughout the plateau reflect influences from the surrounding large valleys.

Douglas lake cattle company is a major operation with cattle  in the grasslands and is positioned n the watershed above Merritt. The Douglas through Nicola lakes by the Nicola river drains a major highland plateau. The area also supplys a history back to european contact and province building under BCs first British Governor  James Douglas.

The largest area of grasslands is located in the Nicola Basin area east of Merritt and extending north towards Kamloops. This area matches the extent of the Glacial Lake Merritt that drained north towards the Thompson River. A smaller area of grasslands around Princeton covers another former glacial lake that occupied the Similkameen valley. source GCCofBC

The local Nicola Naturalists  have had a serious concern for the grasslands of the Valley. since 2010 they have had fall and winter meeting, spring outings, Christmas bird counts, Frog surveys and many other activities in respect to the land and creatures. They usually meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in September.  Alan Burger contact UVic.

On  this  Day: September 19th 1970

The first Glastonbury festival is held.

 

 

Schools back

Regrets
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Schools Back!

Schools back today watch for speed zones, a moment of inattention can be a lifetime of regret.

On this Day September 5th  1836

Sam Houston becomes the first elected President of Texas.

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broken sign no contract….
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The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…

 

On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.

 

Construction supervision…????

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A four point male mule deer sits on a construction site on Sunday seemingly habituated. according to Paul a rod and gun club member th velvet will be gone in a month and breeding will begin. A counter person in a sports store says that they will freeze and rely on no movement to hide them. Perhaps he thinks we looks like a pile of lumber.

In addition to movements related to available shelter and food, the breeding cycle is important in understanding deer behavior. The “rut” or mating season usually begins in the fall as does go into estrus for a period of a few days and males become more aggressive, competing for mates. Does may mate with more than one buck and go back into estrus within a month if they did not become pregnant. The gestation period is about 190–200 days, with fawns born in the spring, staying with their mothers during the summer and being weaned in the fall after about 60–75 days. Mule deer females usually give birth to two fawns, although if it is their first time having a fawn, they often have just one.[ Source Wikipedia

On this Day: July 25th  1837

the first commercial telegraph signal is demonstrated.

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TGIF-Coffee House

Merritt BC incorporation
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The local country jammers are having a Coffee House at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in Merritt Saturday.
Featuring Robert Bertrand a retired music ion from Nova Scotia, and local strummers Denise and Al. The invite is by donation.
The Canadian Country Music hall of Fame is located at 2025 Quilchena Avenue in Merritt the Jam is from & to 10 PM.
The Hall is located in the historic building of Merritt Pioneers GB Armstrong who operated a Department store there in the early 20th century and is still owned by a descendent George Armstrong of Nicola Lake.
On this Day: July 14th 1960

Jane Goodall begins her study of chimps at the Gombe Stream  reserve..

 

US Flag day

 

 american motor cyvle driver, US army captain

File Photo KDG

 

The United States adopted its flag on June 14th 1777. It has gained associated credibility in  number of conflicts and lost some of it in others.  The equality of people was supported in the US revolution, being self evident. Further no taxation without representation and other ideals it has stood for have made for a bloody and conflict ridden path for “old glory” to follow in the pursuit of freedom.

The US is also one of the most incarcerating countries in the world and is less forgiving to those that mix up liberty with licence.

Editors note: US incarceration rate is 716 persons per 100 thousand, they hold 22 percent of the world prisoners, and spent approaching 80 billion in 2007. The US is less then 5 percent of the worlds population. 2007 US Justice

2017: 660 odd to 100,000

On this Day: June 14th 1946

Donald Trump born, Jamaica Medical Center NY.

Invasive, biological insect control

 

Any one following this?
File photo KDG

Tired of thistles?

The Regional District had a booth at the spring festival last week, it was about invasive weed and plant control.
Herbicide free options include insect introduction to deal with :

  • Diffuse Knapweed
    Spotted Knapweed
  • Dalmatian toadflax
  • Hounds Tongue
  • Leafy spurge
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Thistles ( select species)

Merritt is circled by a large rural population of land holders, maybe you might not be using insects to control weeds but your friends may want to . Also in the city there are bylaws against bad weeds over a certain height and they need to be removed by cutting if necessary. To that end the TNRD is having a long term strategy to control select invasive species with insects.

An assessment of your property is available by contacting the TNRD   They say that free insects are on a first come first serve basis.

On this Day: May 31st 1977

The Trans Alaska pipeline is finished.

Water off a duck…

A new brood of ducklings
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This new born brood of ducklings seemed unconcerned with sand bagging and took to the water just like ducks would.

On this Day: May 18th 2005

A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has more two moons.

The Nicola Naturalists meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The speaker this month is Joanne Hale. Hale will present on the habitat adaption by Spade Toads on disturbed land.

Jo-Anne Hales is a professional agrologist and the Environmental Specialist for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. She is also completing a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science at Thompson Rivers University studying the Great Basin Spadefoot (an amphibian species at risk) on the New Gold – New Afton Mine site. Come and hear about these charismatic little critters.

Programs start at 7 PM in the local college lecture theater, top of the hill on Belshaw avenue in Merritt. No food or drink allowed in the lecture theater. Membership in the Society or donations is requested. Draw for donated prizes go toward scholarship at school.

The Nicola naturalists are a not for profit with an ecological responsible conversation. They have a pronounced interest in migratory birds.

On this Day: May 11th 1792

Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented European to sail the Columbia River.

 

 

Otter

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No its not the Ogopogo it was a fast moving energetic River Otter, in the Nicola river last week.

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North American river otter
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Lontra
Species: L. canadensis
Binomial name
Lontra canadensis
(Schreber, 1777)
Subspecies
see text
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Synonyms
Lutra canadensis

The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), also known as the northern river otter or the common otter, is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to the North American continent found in and along its waterways and coasts. An adult river otter can weigh between 5.0 and 14 kg (11.0 and 30.9 lb). The river otter is protected and insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur.

The river otter, a member of the subfamily Lutrinae in the weasel family (Mustelidae), is equally versatile in the water and on land. It establishes a burrow close to the water’s edge in river, lake, swamp, coastal shoreline, tidal flat, or estuary ecosystems. The den typically has many tunnel openings, one of which generally allows the otter to enter and exit the body of water. Female otters give birth in these underground burrows, producing litters of one to six young.

North American river otters, like most predators, prey upon the most readily accessible species. Fish is a favored food among the otters, but they also consume various amphibians (such as salamanders and frogs[2]), freshwater clams, mussels, snails, small turtles and crayfish. Instances of river otters eating small mammals and occasionally birds have been reported as well.

 

On this Day: April 25th 1959

The Saint Lawrence Seaway  better opens Canada to the Atlantic Ocean.

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