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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wolves -- Paws for a Howl
Parks Canada describes the characteristics of Wolf Tracks very succinctly:
Four toe pads
Claws show or form drag marks
Elongated foot print, symmetrical
Triangular heel pad
Hind print slightly smaller
Tracks 10 - 12 cm long
Larger than coyote track
Parks Canada says nothing at all about the relative size of Sarah's hand and the wolf's pawprint. Her's would be the paw with the nail polish...
She found these tracks up in the gravel pit near the road, sure sign that the wolf pack is back in town. Mind you, we've heard the pack howling, so we were already notified, but it's always interesting to see the tracks.
That can give an idea of how many animals are in the pack, and the relative ages. Our pack will be part of the Algonquin Park wolf population. The Eastern Canadian Gray Wolf has been extensively studied in Algonquin Park, and is a protected species. Since wolves aren't good at reading maps, the protected area extends into a 'buffer zone' around the Park, and Bondi Village is located within that zone. This is the largest area in the world where the Eastern Canadian Wolf is protected.
Research (published by 15 scientists in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, Volume 78, 2000) concluded that the Eastern Canadian Wolf is distinct from the more numerous Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) and more closely related to the Red Wolf (Canis rufus), which is on the brink of extinction in the southeastern United States.
Due to the lower frequency of coyote hybridization, the park may hold the purest remnant population of red wolves in the world. During August, the Park hosts weekly Wolf Howls, an event that offers people the chance to hear wild packs howling in the wilderness night. This routinely draws up to 2000 people each week. The Rangers do an incredible job, opening with a talk and slide show on the wolf research done in the Park, and then moving cars and people into the wild.
We offer our own Wolf Howl evenings here at Bondi. Always, the response is dependent on the wolf pack -- if they are in close, they may well reply. If not, then (as Mike says) my howling efforts can be an epic fail, but we have had howling success more often than not! And the lawn here is most certainly less crowded!
August is the preferred month -- when the wolf cubs are coming out of the dens, they stay at home while the pack goes hunting -- and the puppies are always more than willing to start a group sing!
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
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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