Dear members and friends,
September has come and gone, and though the leaves are starting to change, this week it feels like winter is upon us. Don’t forget Military, Historian, Author and Broadcaster Andy Robertshaw will be here Thursday, October 18th presenting The Unexpected Victory: The Last 100 Days of WW1.
To view our September 2018 newsletter, simply click on the link below in this blog post and download the PDF to your computer or device. We hope you enjoy reading it!
Ruthven Park staff
RUTHVEN’S FOR THE BIRDS
9th Annual Event
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Join us as we Celebrate the Year of the Bird
See live birds up close, listen to a talk, meet our bird banders, volunteers and
join in on a family friendly birds of prey show
6am –7pm (or anytime in between)
Admission by donation (suggested $15)
8am Bird Census Walk
10 am or 2pm Tour the Thompson mansion
11am Birds of Prey Flight Show –meet and greet after show
1pm Dr. David Brewer on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Penguins”
New this Year – 6pm onward
Bring your cot or sleeping bag and spend the night in our Coach House.
$10 per includes pizza, snacks and breakfast
6pm Peter Thoem, naturalist and birder, will present a talk on
“The Owl Foundation a Fly -by-night organization?”
Afterwards join our banders for owl banding in this case the Northern Saw-Whet
Sunday morning start with an early breakfast, then join banders for morning banding
Rain or shine – Dress for the weather
243 Hwy #54 Cayuga ON – 905.772.0560 – ruthvenpark.ca
Ruthven Park National Historic Site Presents
Military Historian Andy Robertshaw, Speaking on The unexpected victory: The last 100 Days if WW1
Thursday October 18th at 7:00pm
Admission by Donation
For more information 905.772.0560 or www.ruthvenpark.ca
Article by Rick Ludkin
We begin to see the first Fall Blackpoll Warblers at the beginning of September with their numbers swelling as the month proceeds. This hardy little bird, that spends the Winter in wooded habitats in South America as far south as Bolivia, breeds in the boreal forest anywhere from Newfoundland to Alaska. Its flight south is what captures the imagination.
The bird first makes an overland journey to southern Nova Scotia or the New England States. For some birds this isn’t particularly arduous. But for a bird coming from the Yukon or Alaska it’s a long trek. During this jaunt the bird puts on some fat for energy but not a great deal of it. A “lean” or fat-free bird weighs around 9.5 – 11 grams. The birds during this stage of the journey come in at about 13.5 g. But in the staging area in New England the birds can put on a great deal of fat, sometimes doubling their fat-free weight. This is to fuel a long, non-stop flight of over 80 hours that will take them to the northeast coast of South America!
The fat birds wait until the conditions for migration are right – the movement of a cold front, a high pressure system over the area bringing with it northwest winds, cool temperatures and clear skies. After takeoff they climb until they reach an altitude of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters following a southeast heading. The area of the Northeast Trade Winds provides beneficial following winds but in the proximity of the Lesser Antilles the winds at lower elevations move more to the east and strengthen, becoming something of a hazard. At this point the birds may climb as high as 4,500 meters to find beneficial winds. As they approach the coast of South America they begin their descent and make landfall after a non-stop flight of about 3,500 kilometers!
The Blackpolls we catch and band at Ruthven usually weigh around 12.5 grams; these are birds that are making for New England to fatten. But occasionally we have caught birds weighing more than 20 grams and we ask ourselves whether, with the right conditions, they might start their non-stop flight from here.
Ruthven Park National Historic Site staff, the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., and the site’s fantastic team of volunteers are excited to announce that the annual Cars in the Park Vintage Car Show will be returning on Thanksgiving Monday 2018 for its 22nd year!
This event has been hit with car cruisers from throughout the province since it began 2 decades ago. In 2016, over 500 cars traveled to Ruthven Park for this event.
The entrance gates will be open at 9:00 am for vintage cars so that they are able to fill out their vehicle registration forms and find suitable parking places. General visitors are invited to start arriving at 10:00 am.
Admission will be $10.00 per vehicle for car cruisers and general visitors alike, which is to be paid at the gate. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the grounds to take admission, provide directions, and assist with parking.
In addition to viewing the countless beautiful vintage cars that will be on site, the event will also feature outdoor tours, trail walks, displays, door prizes, and tours of the Thompson Mansion. There will be something for every kind of visitor.
Please note that this event is rain or shine. We look forward to welcoming the public for another memorable edition of Cars in the Park on October 8!
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 5:00pm
The Mansion: Reminder that our regular tours of the Thompson Mansion season has come to an end. Be sure to check out our upcoming events to take advantage of tours of the mansion. We do offer tours of the mansion to pre booked groups of 15 or more. Give us a call today or check out our website for more information 905.772.0560 or www.ruthvenpark.ca
Phone: (905) 772-0560
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0