Stephan Paape has been an amateur astronomer for nearly 20 years. He most enjoys public outreach activities and live observing.
He is a founding member of AstroPontiac, a group that offers free observing events in Gatineau Park (Luskville) and a travelling planetarium theatre service for schools and community groups.
His talk will be an introduction to amateur astronomy, with an emphasis on what we can see in the winter night sky using common binoculars.
You are planning to go on an outing on foot, ski or snowshoe. Are you well prepared to avoid mishaps? Do you know what to do if you get lost in the forest?
With two members of Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais - Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue (SBO-OVSAR), we discuss the following topics:
. survival priorities
. how to avoid hypothermia
. trip planning
. list of essential items to bring with you
. navigation tools
. search and rescue techniques.
Beavers are active year-round, and this beaver, spotted close to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, is particularly active at the moment (January, 2020).
Whenever observing wildlife, please make sure to never bother the animal. Let it judge its own comfortable distance, and pay attention to signs of stress your presence may be causing. This is even more important in winter because of the rarity of food and the high energy expenses. The perfect picture, video, or vantage point is not worth the potential harm to the animal.
You like to walk your dog close to the Visitor Centre? Please follow the Gatineau Park rule that dogs (where they are permitted) must be on leaches. If not, it could bother this beaver and keep it from feeding.
Thumbnail picture by Estelle Rother.