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The great wilderness and all her Creatures

Summer and Fall Images

November 7th, 2017

Blue Jay

 

Some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and most valuable natural and cultural treasures can be found in the National Landscape Conservation System, also known as Conservation Lands.
Autumn and the Raptor

Conservation Lands are North America’sThe newest system of conservation and are managed by Parks Canada and  Bureau of Land Management As the crown jewels of all BLM lands, the National Landscape Conservation System plays a critical role in the heritage and economies of the Southwestern Ontario Western landscape.

Flying into the sunset

Wilderness study areas

The National Conservation Lands system protects 27 million acres of the most pristine historically, culturally and ecologically significant landscapes in the Canada and United States. Wilderness Study Areas account for over 12 million acres of the Conservation Lands, the largest single type of protection designation.

Egret flying over peaceful Waters

The beauty of WSAs

Female Cardinals in their diversity and flexibility as a tool to both protect our treasured landscapes and support more sustainable applications of the traditional BLM multi-use approach to land management.

Blue Heron Almost In Flight

Wilderness Study Areas  have generally been left in a natural state and provide “outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined types of recreation” to   local communities,outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen and scientists. They provide us with clean air, clean water and sustainable wildlife habitats, while simultaneously embodying the hope of stronger federal protections in the future.

Black crowned night heron Hunting

They also serve as outdoor laboratories, where conservationists and developers alike study everything from how to properly manage wild horses, to how best to allow ranching on public lands while protecting habitat.

Green Heron waiting for a Perch for breakfast

These 27 million acres of National Conservation Lands, just like Little Book Cliffs, are open to everyone and owned by every American. That, in my opinion, is the real opportunity, and their true value.

Owlet-ready to Branch–London Canada

Wilderness Study Areas are both a treasure and a tool, providing outstanding recreational opportunities with the promise of increased protections for their wilderness qualities.

Gorgeous pristine Trillium (Ontario,s Flower)

Accessibility and opportunity

“Wilderness” is not synonymous with “inaccessible”.  Anyone can discover untrammeled landscapes and outstanding recreation opportunities within Nature.

Picture this 

Wilderness sounds like this:

Gently rolling plateaus, bisected by four major canyons. It provides excellent sagebrush and pinyon-juniper habitat for around 100-150 wild horses.

A time for reflection, A time of Maturing

Sources:The Wilderness Society, Wikipedia

Hamilton Harbour at Sunrise

 

 

Thank you

Doug Worrall

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Photographer

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Doug Worrall

 

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Do Not believe all you Hear–HAMILTON IS BEAUTIFUL

18/11 2015

Move over I am sharing
Move over I am sharing

 

Hamilton: It’s happening here

Downy Male
Downy Male
FEMALE CARDINAL
FEMALE CARDINAL

Hamilton is a city full of culture, history and nature. Located in southern Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton is a perfect destination for a visit or detour. From its vibrant arts scene, to its rich heritage, to its incredible outdoor attractions, it’s happening here.

Downtown Hamilton
Downtown Hamilton

THE ARTS

Hamilton Harbour
Hamilton Harbour

Monthly art crawls along James Street North bring thousands of art-lovers downtown on the second Friday of every month to enjoy the arts district’s studios, galleries, restaurants and stores, all open late for this well-known event.

Green heron
Green heron

 

The beautiful  ART GALLERY HAMILTON and one of the country’s leading university art collections, McMaster Museum of Art are also in Hamilton. There are artistic areas in neighbourhoods across the city, with more and more artists and creative professionals moving to Hamilton.

 Green Heron
Green Heron

Food lovers will enjoy Hamilton’s diverse Restaurants including fine-dining, international food, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, locally roasted coffee and a popular food truck scene.

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

As one of the oldest cities in the province, Hamilton has a Fascinating Historical Heritage

Sunrise
Sunrise

To Preserve The Natural Wetlands, a Fishway was constructed to capture all the carp from getting into the sensitive Cootes Paradise, Here they sort weigh and return the Carp and Invasive fish back into Hamilton Harbour

This saves our Wonderful wetlands for nesting areas, fish habitat and Waterfowl  Deer and Nesting Bald Eagles that are creating other Bald Eagles, soon Cootes Paradise will be a Mecca of Beauty (It already is)

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

RBG fishway
RBG fishway
Rbg Fish-way escapee
Rbg Fish-way escapee

STEWARDSHIP is a great way to PRESERVE what we have, I clean all areas that need it, but do most where the Fishermen leave a MESS yet, as long as we all pitch-in as a Community

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

It is easy to keep the beauty always just right, there are many people that work together and keep Mother Nature Smiling for the next people to enjoy, If you yourself, see garbage, pick it up, while you walk every 50 feet there are garbage cans, so please be part of the answer not Part of the Problem–Thanking you all in advance

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

contact me if you want to help worrall.doug@gmail.com or if you have questions about Hamilton, I an help you, or give you answers over the phone or give you the information to find the correct answers

I am more than Happy to help, also so are all the other Volunteers.

Doug Worrall

Doing my best
Doing my best

The city is full of beautiful architecture, incredible museums and many landmarks. Its 15 National Historic Sites include Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle April 2011
Dundurn Castle April 2011

, HMCS Haida, HMCS Haida

The Haidia
The Haidia

 

Power and water Museum
Power and water Museum

, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and the newly enhanced Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens.

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

Tramway
Tramway

 

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum the country’s largest flying air museum, is also in Hamilton and features one of only two air-worthy LANCASTER bombers left in the world.

OUTDOOR and Adventure

Hamilton is located between the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush landscape of the Niagara Escarpment

Fall COLOURS
Fall COLOURS
Niagara escarpment
Niagara escarpment
City Of Waterfalls
City Of Waterfalls
Websters Park area
Websters Park area

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The city offers easy access to conservation and recreation lands, a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventure,s

Enjoy our Environment
Enjoy our Environment

More than 100 beautiful waterfalls are located near the escarpment’s wooded trails, just minutes from the city’s downtown core.

Mushroom Dreams
Mushroom Dreams
Beauty Abounds DW PHOTOGAPHY
Beauty Abounds
DW PHOTOGAPHY

Visitors can also enjoy waterfronts at the West Harbour and the Beachfront. Outdoor family attractions include

RBG and the Wild Waterworks

Swan Meet Sunrise
Swan Meet Sunrise

Thank you for Making Hamilton a Great Place to MOVE and a great place to VISIT

Sincerely

Doug Worrall

PHOTOGRAPHER

Doug Worrall

DW PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

HAMILTON HARBOUR FISHING DERBY 2012

HAMILTON HARBOUR FISHING DERBY

 

Friday August 10 2012

“only trace amounts of rain expected 40% chance” you will not melt

Be aware of developing Thunder/Lighting Clouds/Wind and take cover- safely

Happy fisherman

One great delight is to see a child catch his or her first fish.The achievement an fascination in there eyes is worth there weight in Gold. Prizes will be rewarded to the three biggest {weighed} fish, for each species, so this includes Carp. Weights can reach very high for these large fish.

Big Carp

The Hamilton Harbour watershed covers an area of approximately 500 square kilometres at the western edge of Lake Ontario and is a region of great physiographic diversity as a result of extensive glacial and glaciofluvial processes. The watershed can be divided into four subwatersheds which drain into Hamilton Harbour and include Spencer Creek, Grindstone Creek, North Shore and Redhill Creek subwatersheds. The watershed supports diverse fish communities and offers unique aquatic habitats to both migratory and resident fish species. The Niagara Escarpment represents the region’s most prominent geological feature with its limestone and dolomite ridge bisecting the watershed as it extends from the Niagara River to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.

Rainbow trout

 

Myself will be looking for the Wolf of the Lake (The Pike )

Bob’s Pike

Fish

Children and wildlife

The wetlands function as a seasonal fish nursery for Lake Ontario, and despite the historical degradation, most historical species of fish can still be found using Cootes Paradise and in increasing numbers. As with birds and plants the location is the biodiversity hotspot for Canada with over 60 species present. Each spring thousands of spawning fish migrate in through the fishway from the harbour and lake, laying eggs and leaving shortly after, allowing the marsh to function as a giant fish hatchery.

fisherman

Annually between 5 and 20 million fish are produced for the lake depending on water levels and water pollution events. The species present reflect the degraded marsh habitat with the most common the Gizzard shad.

Rbg Fish-way escapee

Also common are night time predators species Channel Catfish and Brown Bullhead, along with invasive species such as Alewife and White Perch. Popular angling species present in limited numbers include pike, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch, but the large adults are only present in the marsh during the spawning season which is closed to fishing. The spring and fall season also brings several migrating salmon and trout to the marshes main inflowing river.

Rainbow trout
Jerry’s catch

In 2007, when there was low water level in Lake Ontario and a favourable wind, all the water was pushed out of Cootes Paradise and the remaining carp swam out into Hamilton Harbour. RBG staff removed the fish gates and herded out the last of the carp, and then replaced the gates. Since then the Paradise has been relatively carp free. In the absence of these large destructive bottom feeders there is a gradual return natural native plant species populations.

Now in 2012 Cootes Paradise is threatened once again by increasing numbers of Carp and Goby fish. Goby fish is a feral species that destroys our environment.

I have images of the Goby fish so if you catch one, “Dont throw it back in water, and especially donnot use as bait . Put the fish in the garbage to save our Great lakes …..please.The Goby grow too two and a half inches long, a very destructive, invasive species are  from  illegal Ballast water dumping by Ocean Craft . Remember the Zebra Mussels?

Goby Fish two inches long

and Thanking  you in advance

Doug Worrall

Rainbow trout

Event is Date below:

The Hamilton Harbour Fishing Derby takes place this Saturday, August 11th from 8am to 12pm.  Prizes to be awarded at 1:30pm – – – THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL AGES!

Company-lets go fishing

Pier 8

47 Discovery Drive

Hamilton, ON

Check in Stations:

While you are out fishing, take your camera, you may see some wonderful animals……………………

The Fishway-Black crowned night heron

Pier 8 – Scoops Ice Cream Hut
HWT Centre – North Side
Bayfront Park Boat Launch
Fishway on Waterfront Trail
LaSalle Park Boat Launch
Marine Police Basin

3 age categories:

Child 10 and under
Youth 11 to 17
Adult 18 and over

Fishing, Environment and
Water Safety Demonstrations

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1000 Free Fishing Rods for Children 12 and under

Silent Auction Fundraiser
9:00am to 1:30pm
Pier 8 – Hamilton Waterfront Trust

Harbourfront park

 

Information: Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Wikipedia

 

Photography

 

Doug Worrall