There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
Katharine has been volunteering at FortWhyte for 7 years in various roles including Birding and Breakfast leader, Goose Flight Evenings and as a gardener in our Biodiversity Garden.
What choices do you make to consume less or make choices that are healthier for our planet, big or small?
We have taken cloth/reusable bags for grocery and all other shopping since the mid 1990’s, and I keep a folded bag in my purse and one in the car for unplanned shopping. The wastage of fresh water is one of my major concerns so I take the time to talk to management whenever I encounter leaking taps or toilets (a sadly frequent occurrence) in any public locations.
What’s the most recent sustainable action you’ve adopted and why?
The most recent additional sustainable action I have adopted is to take a travel mug with me almost everywhere I go because it is shocking to see the huge number of unnecessary disposable cups used in our world, along with the plastic lids, straws and insulating sleeves – sometimes people even use two disposable cups because the beverage is hot!
What’s your favourite tip for reducing, reusing and/or recycling?
One of my favourite tips is to never, ever buy plastic garbage bags – why buy a plastic bag specifically to throw it out?! One seems to acquire an endless supply of various plastic bags even when expressly trying to avoid it; therefore, use any other possible bags for garbage. I use the plastic and mesh bags in which my birdseed is packaged for general garbage and I line my bathroom garbage cans with the carefully opened plastic packaging from toilet paper and paper towels.
FortWhyte Alive Volunteer Victor has been lending his time to our organization for over 12 years, in a variety of roles. Watch out for him on the roads – you may see Victor rollin' around town on his recumbent bike!
What’s your favourite thing about cycling?
I like the freedom to go wherever I want, when I want. And the breeze through my hair, although my helmet blocks it a bit. It’s also affordable, environmentally friendly and good exercise. I bike about 20 km’s everyday, both foe leisure and to run errands. Although sometimes I ski in the winter instead of bike.
Why do you like a recumbent bike?
It’s comfortable! I biked to Witchita on a 10-speed and my back got pretty sore.
Where did you get your bike?
My son custom made if for me, he works for a company that builds bikes for persons with physical disabilities. The wheels are second hand and he welded the frame himself. He gave it to me for my 60th birthday, that was 20 years ago.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever carried on your bike?
My son built me a bike trailer and I used it to bring our Christmas tree home one year. My grand kids have also used it to haul water balloons.
Last night’s Frightening Fiver was definitely a night to remember!
The wind howled and the snow blasted us the in face, but that didn't stop 263 racers from championing the conditions for a great race.
Thank you to all who dressed up and everyone who participated in our largest race under the cloak of darkness, all in support of environmental education at FortWhyte Alive.
The costumes that these troopers donned were incredible - our finalists included a full-body Gumby outfit, a team of "Where's Waldo", and some glow stick superstars.
As always we need to thank our amazing crew of FortWhyte Alive volunteers, but this year they deserve an extra shout-out for braving the cold for us. We couldn't do what we do without you volunteers - you are the real MVPs! A big thanks also to Winnipeg Search and Rescue for ensuring all racers made it out of our trails safely.
Special thanks to all of this year’s sponsors who provided goods and services for your race day needs:
Gorp Clean Energy Bars
Woodcock Cycle Works
Winnipeg Spine and Sports Therapy
Medals for those who placed will be available for pick up until Friday, November 3 at FortWhyte Alive. After this date, they will be mailed out. All winners will be contacted directly by email.
Even if you didn’t place, everyone who supports environmental education is a winner in our eyes, so THANK YOU!
Check out the winner results below!
1st Place – Gumby
2nd Place – Where’s Waldo (team costume)
3rd Place – Glow Stick Skeletons (team costume)
5km - Female
1st Place – Dayna Graham
2nd Place – Carmen Figueroa Sotelo
3rd Place – Ava Thompson
5km - Male
1st Place – Alan Hopkins
2nd Place – Curtis Einarson
3rd Place – Orien Massey
* Curtis Placed 2nd but was not recorded in timing as his bib was not visible, however we were able to see this through video footage.
10km – Female
1st Place – Sarah Kirby
2nd Place – Lindsay Green
3rd Place – Randi Marshall
10km – Male
1st Place – Jamie Falk
2nd Place – Sprague Richardson
3rd Place – Elliot Garfinkel
* Tyler Berke has disqualified himself, as he believes Elliot was before him.
Check out the overall race stats below!
**Due to the cold temperatures, the timing software was malfunctioning. Race results have been reviewed using video footage taken at the finish line to ensure accuracy. Some race bibs may not be included in the results, due to their position while being worn, and being hard to see. The Frozen Fiver and subsequent races will be timed with chip timing to ensure better accuracy. Sorry for any inconvenience.
We hope to see you all this winter for the Frozen Fiver!
BEWARE OF PHANTOMS!
Phantom power, also known as standby power, vampire power, and leaking electricity can account for up to 10 per cent of all electricity used in our homes.
Across Canada phantom power consumption totals approximately 5,400,000,000 kWh. That is equivalent to the electrical consumption of all households in Manitoba and PEI combined.
Here are a few tips for reducing phantom power:
• Unplug battery chargers as soon as the device is fully charged or when the charger is not being used. A battery charger draws power even when the device it is charging has been removed.
• If you regularly use a number of battery chargers (for power tools, cell phones, etc), make a charging station where all of the chargers are plugged into a single power bar that may easily turned off all at once.
• When you are finished watching a movie or playing a video game, turn off the DVD player or game console, not just the TV. The average gaming system, when left idle, can use 90 watts of power or roughly $60 in electricity costs every year.
• Unplug infrequently used electronics, such as a second TV, DVD player or audio system or use a power bar that can easily be turned off to avoid standby power consumption. Approximately 40 per cent of all electricity used to power electronics is used when the products are turned off but are in standby mode.
• Try turning off your computer when it's not being used. In the case of computers, most electricity waste occurs when they are left on overnight, on weekends. If you purchase a new computer consider an ENERGY STAR® certified computer that up to 70 per cent less electricity.
For more information on standby power:
Natural Resources Canada website