It's 10 AM on a Saturday morning and I am sitting in a room at Shopify in Ottawa with a bunch of parents and their daughters ready to learn HTML and CSS. I am a web developer and taught HTML more than 20 years ago. So, why am I here?
June 28, 2016
We have been happy Chevy Volt owners for almost 2 years and are very familiar with what it is like owning an electric vehicle. We have a level 2 charger installed at our home and have used various private chargers in the region, when possible. Regenerative braking, cold winter driving, silent operation, low maintenance and weather impact on range are all part of owning an electric car. You would be surprised at the range hit you take in the rain. There is quite a power draw required to pump the water through the treads of the tire during every rotation.
2013 Chevy Volt
Our 2013 Chevy Volt has a small 16.5 kwh battery that provides a range of 65 kms fully electric range in the summer and 45 kms electric range in the cold Ottawa winter. However, it is different than most electric vehicles because it comes standard with a small gas generator that is used to offer the Volt unlimited range by generating electricity for the battery. Through a series of 3 clutches and the electric motor and a generator, the Volt is quite a feat of engineering. The Chevy Volt also has 4 different riding modes to help manage electric usage as well as 2 levels of regenerative braking. Regenerative braking uses the electric motor itself to provide braking. By doing so, the car is able to generate electricity by simply lifting off the accelerator pedal which turns the motor into a generator.
We keep an eye on the nest boxes after about 25 days into incubation. Once we see the ducklings in the box, we know they leave within 24 hours which is typically mid-morning the next day. Hooded mergansers are precocial which means the they are relatively mature from the moment of hatching.
This is the first clutch to emerge this year. I have built a total of 5 duck houses around the pond over the past 10 years. We expanded the pond a couple times to make it more suitable for all wildlife. We are glad to have had a chance to give back. Now onto the pics….
The caves are not open for open admission, so you must join up with a group for a look inside. Our guide this time was Patrick and he provided a detailed and animated history of the caves. Every guide we have had have gone out of their way to bring some excitement to the tour. The tour lasts for about 40 mins and includes a number of stops where some geologic facts are shared as well as how the caves were first discovered.
We were hopeful to see some brown bats but they tend to appear later in the season. We were also told the bats over winter in the caves after they let the waters rise and partially flood the caves again.
- Poison ivy can be found everywhere. Stay on the trail
- Bring your camera and a flash. Photography is encouraged.
- Visit later in the season if you want to see bats.
- Pack a lunch.
- Great for kids.
- There is an opportunity to go down a small tunnel by yourself. Take it!
Cost is $58 for a family of four but more detailed pricing can be found on their web site.
I called the Wild Bird Care Centre which is a small local facility who educate, rehabilitate and eventually release birds in need of assistance. We have brought a few birds to them for help including a couple of bitterns which will be part of a future post. The WBCC survive based on donations and we make an effort to donate online or drop them off supplies on a regular basis.
“Looks like his eyes are maybe saying thank you”) Looks like his eyes are maybe saying thank you
The Wild Bird Care Centre recommended that I try and grab a couple of people with blankets and after capturing him, place him in a ventilated box. I went back to my office building and grabbed a couple of colleagues, Krystal W. and Garnet R. who helped gather some blankets and emptied a cardboard box. The 3 of us then went back to where the raven was resting. Garnet and I grabbed the blankets while Krystal stood ready with the box. We approached him from different angles and he really didn’t move too much. I was able to grab the raven and gently place him in the box. He did not fight and almost seemed relieved. We brought him back to the office until I could arrange a vehicle because I couldn’t transport him on the motorcycle.
My quick summary of the Trail Attack 2 was that it handled well on the street for the first half of their life but quickly became unstable in the corners. This may be more to do with the tire wear. Keep in mind that my tires tend to square off more quickly than most because I commute on the slab each day. Wet weather performance was quite good with this Conti TA 2.
My bike longs to be on the gravel and the Trail Attack 2 were one of the worst I have tried. I do understand theyeven though they are intended to be a street tire. The Anakee 2 I had previously performed much better than the Trail Attack 2.
The water scorpion according to Wikipedia is fairly widespread. This one is a member of the genus Nepa.
There are 14 genera in the family, in two subfamilies, Nepinae and Ranatrinae, and they can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Members of the genus Ranatra, the most widespread and speciose genus, are sometimes called needle bugs or water stick insects as they are more slender than Nepa and feed primarily on invertebrates, but occasionally take small fish or tadpoles. 1
Two nights ago, our compost bin was knocked over and food scraps were strewn all over the lawn behind our garage. It seems a critter dropped in for a feast. I decided to put out my critter cam to see what I could spy.
The next night it was back. A black bear was enjoying our compost pile. He/she was not small either. The ledge you see in the top left of the video below is 28 inches tall and she has 8-10 inches on top of that.
We love being able to share our area with them.