Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Skunk and Raccoon Release Videos

We were happy to give Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary the opportunity to release some critters on Friday, Sept. 15th. The protocols say that they have to be released within a certain distance of the capture area. We qualified! This is our second year doing this.

We have 16 acres, the neighbours have 35, and then the next neighbours have 600 acres each. We have room, with lots of little islands, and rough forested areas. There is a ton of food out there, as well. An ecosystem can handle a particular population level. When food is scarce, they don't reproduce as much.

Our forest is nicely populated. We've seen Junior Bear Sept. 12/13, 17th on the trailcam. A coyote was stalking Daisy last month (Trailcam coytoe & buck). We have the odd raccoon (Sept. 10), the barred owl (Sept. 18)  has been calling in the night. There was a weasel. The turkeys are active, a group of three females, then another of 2 females and 9 poults, although there were 11 babies.

Melissa and her crew of two did the deed. JB and I recorded it. It's such a joyful moment. I popped Daisy into the house as she was thinking of an adventure.

First out, the three skunks. They were adorable. Do you know how you take a cat to the vet, it takes you an hour to capture her, and they refuse to leave the carrier upon arrival? Same with these critters.

skunk release from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

A few days later, this is what I saw on the trailcam. I don't know if it is one of theirs, but I'd like to think so! It could be our regular skunk, who visits from across the highway! Who knows. I only know that from tracks in the snow.
skunk Sept. 16 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, there was Butch raccoon. We call them all Butch, having spotted a raccoon in Bala, on the deck, then finding out she was a lactating female. JB is the one who names them, and tells stories about them! This is the original Butch.

 You are wise to question my posting of three videos, however, there were 8 raccoons released, and it was a party. They loved the mud of the frog pond. One refused to leave the area where the carrier sat.

Butch release 1
Raccoon Release part 1 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Butch release 2
Raccoon Release 2 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Butch release 3
Raccoon Release 3 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Sept. 18th there were two raccoons on the trailcam. Great joy! They visited our front porch in the night, rearranging a few things, but we were careful to keep the garage door closed (where the bird seed and garbage sits).
Raccoon Sept. 18 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Trip to Venise-en-Québec 4. The Hotel

We made it! It was a long, long drive. Here is our hotel. We were restricted to this hotel, as we were staying on points.
It's a fairly new hotel, attached to the golf course. If you reuse your towels, they give you a $5 credit!

The room was a bit loud, as there is only a curtain separating the bathroom from bedroom. It's new, clean and shiny. I figured out the 'wall' swivelled, in order to watch TV from either the bed or the couch.
Our room had a bar frige. It was stocked with some beer, but mostly wine you could buy.
There was a bar, and a dining area, both with patios. Excellent service.

We figured out the menu, all in French. We used our French with the servers, as best we could.

We did really well. Hubby has to avoid yeast, dairy and eggs. We figured out pain (bread), and pain de banana (banana bread), and so on!

Here is the 360 ˚  tour!
Hotel from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Trip to Venise-en-Québec 3. signage

It was time to refresh our French driving vocabulary. 'Vitesse' = speed! So, in hindsight, these are speed cameras!
There are lots of Catholic churches, with majestic spires. Farming communities, for the most part, then small towns with two catholic churches and a strip club. New York isn't far away, and in hindsight we could have brought passports and driven back through the US.

There were lots of wineries (établissement vinicole, le Chat Botté), maple syrup (produit de l'érable), apple farms (you-pick => auto-cueillette), snow (neige),  strip club (danseurs nues), fire station (caserne d'incendie), garlic farm (d'lail), ice cream (creme de glace), brothers (les frères).

I like the stop signs, they show whether it's a 3-way or 4-way.