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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Lessons in hibernation for the little Rescued Bear
How small was that bear in the tree up Limberlost way? Well, here's a shot of Billie Bear in the dog crate she borrowed to travel to the Aspdin Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
That's one pretty small bear. The estimate was that she was just 20 pounds (or, the way we measure weight here, about 1.25 Napsters )
CBC recently ran a really interesting piece on bears and how they hibernate -- a study at the University of Alaska took a serious look at hibernating bears. The bears were what is termed 'nuisance bears', which simply mean they were where people don't want to see them, usually in garbage bins or backyards checking out birdfeeders. Nuisance bears, created by people being careless with food, are dangerous, and as the old adage goes, To feed a bear is to kill a bear. They are frequently shot.
Five of them in Alaska, however, got lucky. The bears were trapped, taken to the University, and outfitted for the study on hibernation.
The researchers gave them artificial wooden dens that were dark, cold, and snug, just the way bears prefer, and so far out into the woods that lead researcher Tøien could reach them only on skis. They fitted the bears with sensors to record their temperature and heart rate, and the dens with infrared cameras and other sensors that monitored the bears' movement, oxygen consumption, and even their snoring.(while they don't move much, hibernating bears sure do snore!)
Unlike ground squirrels and other small hibernators, whose body temperature drops almost to freezing during hibernation, bears' body temperature drops by only about 6°C. Yet their metabolism and oxygen consumption dropped by 75%, suggesting that another mechanism is involved in conserving their energy. This number was far far lower than anyone expected. (except the bears)
The bears made a lot of effort to conserve this much energy. While sleeping, they took only one or two breaths per minute. As they inhaled, their hearts did a quick flutter and then stopped until the next breath—resulting in a heart rate of about four beats per minute. Finally, the researchers found that during the few weeks before and after going into hibernation, the bears enter an intermediate metabolic state: wandering around and eating like normal but with lowered metabolism.
Maybe little Billie Bear didn't quite understand this complicated concept -- or more likely, she simply didn't have enough body fat to get her through the long winter sleep. Either way, she -- like the Alaska bears -- got a little lucky. At the Sanctuary, she'll find food, and snug places to sleep, and spring will be here soon.
As well, the folks at Aspdin Valley are used to wild animals, and understand how to work with them without socializing them to people, so there's a good chance that little Billie Bear will one day be able to go back to being what bears do best -- living in the wild, being a bear.
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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