It is 73F / 22C... which is a tad chilly.
One of the staff was filling the potholes in Helios yesterday.
The water problems in Helios are still being diagnosed (I haven't heard differently) so our water is still off occasionally...
Gloomy day... no sun so far.
It has been really humid here the past week... but I'm not complaining. You don't have to shovel rain or humidity.
Judy sent me this information:
"I took this picture of the tent caterpillar nests that are located across the road from our place, on the south side. Two weeks ago there was only one SMALL nest. I don't know if anything can be done to get rid of the nests before their feeding causes extensive defoliation of the nearby trees. "If webs are present, colonies of young larvae can be removed by clipping and destroying the tents and caterpillars. This is best done when the caterpillars are at rest in the tent, either in early morning, late evening, or on cool rainy days. A pole pruner can be used to remove the nests in taller trees." (Ref.healthycanadians.gc.ca/)
I've seen a few more nests around the park recently.
From Royce: "The jockey has a name!!! Congrats to Diane for naming him - Jacques Strapp. Brilliant! Honourable mentions include Wellington (Rainy), Hawthorne (Henry), and Rutherford (also Diane). Thanx to all who offered a name."
I talked to Royce and he said he had 42 entries for the name ... wow.
I receive the TWC newsletter. Here is their latest information.
Turtle eggs hatching at TWC!
Dozens of small tubs line the shelves of the reptile and amphibian room at Toronto Wildlife Centre. Each one contains rows of incubating turtle eggs.
Because all but one of Ontario’s eight species of turtles is considered to be at risk, it is important to return as many adult turtles and their hatchlings to the wild as possible.
Toronto Wildlife Centre has admitted 48 turtles so far this year. Many were females hit by cars while crossing roads to get to nesting sites.
In the last few weeks, tiny turtles have started to emerge from the incubating eggs. And turtles in the wild have also started breaking through their shells. Newly hatched turtles are tiny and may look helpless, but they emerge from their eggs ready to take on the world, without parental help.
These tiny turtles are sometimes picked up and taken home from the wild to keep as pets. Please discourage this behaviour if you see it. Besides being illegal, as with any wild animal, they will quickly grow into less cute adults, too large for a home-sized enclosure. Their nutritional needs are complex and we have seen countless turtles with deformed or soft shells because they are malnourished or have not had enough exposure to sunlight.
If a turtle lover really wants a turtle as a pet, there are many red-eared sliders in shelters that are in need of good homes.
Hey, I hope OUR turtles hatch soon! If your dog encounters our turtles, PLEASE KEEP IT AWAY FROM THEM.
Today is the AGM of the Social Committee... from 10am to noon. I missed it (grin). I don't do 'early' unless it is at 2am.
Tonight is Illumination... decorate your site!
Chili cook off is tomorrow (Sunday). From Rainy: "You must register and pay your $5.00 Fee for your Chili prior to 4 pm on Saturday August 31... then you must bring your Chili to the Outback in the container you received when you registered... between 1:00 and 1:15 Sunday ....No later than 1:30. Late Submissions will not be accepted. Secret Judging begins at 2. Potluck is at 5 pm at the Outback. Peoples Choice at the Potluck!"
Darts at the Outback at 1pm on SUNDAY. It says on the flyers at the front that the darts are on the front lawn but I was talking to the organizers and it is at the Outback.
Hump Day party at Ken and Catherine's place had around 28 people attending.
I don't know where the next Hump Day will be... I think there is at least one more this year.
That's it for now!
ENJOY THE WEEKEND...
as it is the last weekend of the summer...