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Youth rangers keeping busy

Submitted by the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from your local Fort Frances Ogimaa Binesiiyog Stewardship Youth Rangers!

We were able to take part in the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship last month, where we assisted Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fort Frances district biologist Melissa Mosley to monitor the oxygen levels and temperature of the water in the tanks where the fish were kept to ensure they stayed healthy and safe during this live-release tournament, as well as collecting size measurements for each fish.

Home fire, life safety tips to embrace and practise

Submitted by Tyler Moffitt

Autumn is here and the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service team members would like to share some important fire and life safety information you can embrace and practice.

Smoke alarms

  • Working smoke alarms are required on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

Your Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service team members also recommends installing working smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

150 fire, life safety tips

By Tyler J. Moffitt

Fire Chief/CEMC

Fort Frances Fire

& Rescue Service

In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, here are the first 66 of 150 fire and life safety tips for you to embrace and share.

1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

2. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

3. Never use your oven to heat your home.

Destruction of the buffalo truly was a senseless shame

The Great Spirit spoke again to the Kiowa:

“I have told you about the Buffalo and how he will sustain you. But I must warn you. If the Buffalo disappears, then the Kiowa will fade into the sunset.

“Never again will the Kiowa be a great nation.”

And the buffalo did disappear. Why? Because of the greed, stupidity, and general senselessness of people.

First, the “west” was open for settlement to the white immigrants and vast tracts of land were available. But the Indians were in the way.

Vast numbers of bison used to roam continent

The Great Spirit spoke to the Kiowa.

And he said, “Behold the Buffalo. He will supply you with food and raiment and shelter. But more than that—he will supply all that you need.”

And so it was. The Kiowa ate the meat of the buffalo. They dried the meat in the summer so they could have meat all winter.

They used the skin to make leggings, shirts, and coats, as well as tepees and tents. They used the whole robe of the buffalo to make heavy blankets for the winter.

Many mysteries behind great migration

In the fall, the annual cycle of the seasons turns once more—and one of the great phenomena of this season is the migration of the birds.

Stand on the shore of one of our northern lakes some quiet evening. You will hear hundreds of tiny chirps above you as vast flights of small birds—sparrows, warblers, and the like—move toward the south.

For many, many years, men have wondered why the birds migrate as they do, and more to the point, how they do it. They are still wondering.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers not as harmful as thought

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a woodpecker. As such, he has all the woodpecker characteristics.

For instance, he clings to the bark of trees and pecks at it incessantly. He doesn’t sing, but makes some loud non-musical calls.

He also stays close to trees almost all of the time.

This bird is different in one way, however. He loves the sap of the trees (hence its name).

If you look at the holes in tree trucks, and you find some (a lot) in a neat row or several neat rows, you will know that the sapsucker has been around.

Cabbage Butterfly not very welcome in gardens

The Cabbage Butterfly, a common little insect, is one of a small family known scientifically as the Pieridae.

There are three groups: the Whites, the Sulphurs, and the Orange-tips.

The names give you a pretty good idea of their colours. All of them are quite small, about two inches or so across the wings.

The main wings often have black marks at the tips, black dots or splotches, and some have black edges.

The Cabbage Butterfly is the most common one of all. It is white with black tips on its forewings, and one black spot on each forewing, too.

Baltimore Oriole a brilliant weaver

The flash of fire at the top of the elm tree. A clear, flute-like whistle in late spring.

A hanging basket nest.

These are the trademarks of one of our most striking birds—the Baltimore Oriole.

The male bird is absolutely brilliant in jet black and bright orange.

During the courting season, he is likely to sing from the top of the tree. And when he flies into the sunshine, his presence is flashed immediately.

The female is quite dull, mostly yellowish-olive with a suggestion of orange.

Two modest little spring flowers

These are the days when the woods, the fields, and the gardens are just starting to show the promise of things to come.

Around the houses, tulips and daffodils are out. And everywhere, the trees are budding and the grass is starting to turn green again.

Out in the woods, the same thing is going on. Instead of showy tulips, however, we have some fragile and delicate spring blossoms.

Here are two you might come across if you are out in the woods—on your way to go fishing, for instance.