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Iceberg, Bill Lishman, Canada Museum of Nature, 2015

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Crónica de un Dia de Nieve en Ottawa

06:00 Despierto, chequeo twitter y el clima. Los buses de colegio han sido cancelados, estamos a -13C, pero se sienten como -20C, y han caido durante la noche 10 cms de nieve.

A las 6:50, esta es la visión de la entrada de mi casa.

La siguiente foto muestra el proceso de limpiar el carro despues de una nevada similar durante el fin de semana.

Camino una cuadra, hasta la parada del bus.

Nótese el banco de nieve con altura hasta la rodilla, un deporte popular es saltar bancos de nieve.

En fin, el trayecto hasta el trabajo no es tan malo 40/45 minutos cuando el trayecto normal son 35. Compañeros de trabajo que viven en suburbios más alejados y manejan sus propios carros, se demoraron hasta 2 horas.

16:15. No ha parado de nevar ya son otros 10 a 15 cms adicionales de nieve. El traycto de vuelta a la casa va a ser interesante, normalmente me toma 45 minutos … La mayor parte del trayecto fue normal, lento, pero es de esperarse con este clima.

Me demoré haciendo un transbordo a un segundo bus, y despues de esperar como 20 minutos, por fin, estoy en el segundo bus hacia la casa. Hasta que …

El bus se atasca en este gigantésco banco de nieve al lado de la via, y es una avenida de 6 carriles, el conductor del bus hizo muy cerrada la curva. (Para los interesados en Google Maps es aqui. Justo antes de Mac St.)

Al final, intento transbordar a otro bus, sin embargo este tambien queda atascado detras de una niveladora que tambien queda atascada. En esta foto una quita nieve pequeña de las que quita la nieve de las aceras, esta tratando de desatascar a la niveladora. Mi bus trabado en el banco de nieve esta al fondo, el bus al cual intenté transbordar está en primer plano.

Decido empezar a caminar por Bridle Path, con la nieve hasta los tobillos, y media pierna, son 800 mts. Por fin pasa un segundo bus, que eventualmente con paciencia y algo de suerte me lleva a casa.

Tiempo total de la travesia, algo mas de 2 horas.

21:30 Temperatura actual de -6C que se sienten como -10C, con lluvia congelada.

Vamos a ver que pasa durante la noche, puede ser una mezcla de lluvia congelada u otros 5 a 10 cms de nieve.

Mañana será otro dia.

Jueves, 06:00 3C que se sienten como 1C.

Ha caído lluvia congelada toda la noche.
La nieve de ayer esta cubierta por una crocante capa de hielo que produce un sonido satisfacente a la hora de caminar, sin embargo es muy peligroso.

Hoy para salir de la casa, hasta la parada del bus, tuve que usar crampones sobre las botas, e incluso con los crampones, el agarre no era ideal. la montaña de nieve al fondo es lo que el servicio de quita nieve ha quitado de las calles principales, durante el día vienen cargadores y volquetas para llevarla a botaderos de nieve, no es raro ver todavía nieve en Mayo, Junio en los botaderos.

Se ve lindo.

Ottawa: Animal Land

In the early hours of the morning, around 3:30 am, a black bear was seen roaming around ByWard Market in Ottawa. For the outsiders, the Market is right at the city downtown core and a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

At around 6:00 am, Police cordoned a block  of the Market where the Bear had climbed a tree in a backyard and decided to take a nap.

Later in the morning, the Uber for the #BywardBear (as by now it was trending in Twitter), a transport cage, arrives and animal experts from the National Capital Commision, tranquilize the bear.

Then, the bear is descended from the tree safely, tagged, put in the transport cage, and driven to  Lanak Forest Area, 80 km. southwest of the city.

As in my past post, Operation Killdeer, Ottawa produces a fair amount of feel good stories with animals, funny enough most of them are parodied with Twitter accounts and hashtags within minutes.

Here are some of the accounts that I could find.

@ByWardBear

@HighwayMoose (postumous, moose in the 417 highway, had to be euthanized)

@octranspofox Fox found sleeping inside a bus in a parking lot.

@ottawaturkey Turkey seen first, walking across downtown in the morning rush hour, and then seen the following day riding on the roof of a bus.

@rideauraccoon Raccoon camping in the scaffolding during the renovations of Rideau Centre, two days later a massive sinkhole opens during the initial stages of construction of the new LRT tunnel underneath.

@ottawasnake Gentle python lost in suburbia, found three days later in the basement

Operation Killdeer

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Screengrab from a Youtube video via The Washington Post

Ottawa produces a fair number of feel good stories about animals year-round.

A Fox sleeping in a bus. (Link)

Raccoons stuck at a shopping mall, (Link) or in a fight in a McDonalds (Link).

Turkeys walking around down-town (Link) and going on top of busses (Link).

Or White Snow Owls stopping by. (Link)

While all these could be a consequence of the city invading adjacent farm lands and climate change, these news provide in their frivolity a much needed break from the non-stop 24 hours (not so good) news cycle.

This time it’s a female Killdeer (on the list of protected species) has decided to nest right in the middle of where the main stage of the biggest music festival of the summer in Ottawa, Bluesfest.

Of course, Ottawa being the capital of Canada, everything has a burocratic twist.

The land where the festival if going to be held is managed by the National Capital Commission a federal government agency.

This means that when the bird’s nest was discovered, the NCC had the responsibility of deciding if and how the nest was to be moved.

The festival organizers cordoned the area with yellow table and hired a security guard to make sure that the nest was not disturbed.

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Picture via ctvnews.ca

With time running out, with just a week to the start of Bluesfest, the Federal Ministry of the Environment advised and authorized an attempt for the bird’s nest to be moved, one meter at a time, over two or three days.

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TheProvince.com via The Ottawa Citizen

The risk is that if the nest is moved to far away or too quickly, the mother bird will reject the eggs, and they won’t be incubated.

Anyhow, after three days of moving the nest one meter at a time, operation Killdeer was a success.

The nest has been succesfully moved 25 meters away, enough to be able to build the main stage, and the mother bird is still incubating the eggs.

Ottawa at its finest