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It's that time of year again... FortWhyte Alive's Adventure Travel Raffle has begun! Enter to win the trip of a lifetime while supporting FortWhyte Alive and a host of local community organizations, all in one shot. There are two ways to be a part of it: 1) try your luck and purchase raffle tickets or 2) participate in the cost-free fundraiser on behalf of your own community organization (e.g. school, sports team, or daycare).
The best part? It's a win-win for everyone involved.
Tickets are 3 for $10 and can be purchased at FortWhyte Alive or by calling (204) 989-8355 Ext. 205 or download the order form and mail it in. Each raffle ticket purchased carries a free admission coupon to FortWhyte Alive, an adventure just minutes away from home! Learn more.
FortWhyte Alive’s Adventure Travel Raffle is a risk-free, cost-free fundraiser. Our 50/50 profit sharing program is ideal for sport groups, schools, daycares and other non-profit organizations. All the raffle details have already been taken care of, making it easy for you to fundraise without any cost or obligation. Learn more.
On behalf of FortWhyte Alive and all of the organizations involved in this year's Adventure Travel Raffle, thank you for your continued support. And good luck!
Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron radicans
Leaves in three? Let them be!
Have you ever heard the phrase "Leaves in three? Let them be!"? This is because poison ivy has three leaves per leaflet, and it's an easy way to remember what to stay away from. A rash from poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac is caused by an oil found in these plants called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all). When this oil touches your skin, it often causes an itchy, blistering rash. Another easy way to identify poison ivy during this time of year is by it's change in colour. Because of the change in temperature the leaves can turn from green, to yellow, to orange, to red, before falling off for the winter.
What if you come in contact with the plant?
When you come in contact with poison ivy, it has an oil on it that makes some people react and develop a rash. But the oil doesn't stay with the rash; so brushing up against someones rash by accident doesn't necessarily mean you yourself are going to contact the poison icy rash. Some studies have shown that 85% of people are allergic to poison ivy, but this could explain why some people don't seem to be affected by poison ivy at all. It can take several days or even a couple of weeks for a rash to form, and the time of development for a rash differs for each person.
You should avoid poison ivy growing in the wild because it can cause an itchy, annoying, and even painful rash. If you do come in contact with the plant, it's best to thoroughly wash your skin to remove any oils and also wash your clothes. The oil can stay on clothes and be contagious that way. Cold compresses and antihistamine pills can also be used to help suppress the pain, and urge to itch.
As a frontier-type ecosystem, wetlands are particularly vulnerable to climatic variation and extreme events. Many wetlands are unstable to begin with, and are easily or frequently changed by erosion and flooding. As our climate changes, wetland water supply becomes a major concern. The hotter, drier summers we are experiencing combined with the increased use of water for irrigation could reduce the supply of water for wetlands. A lower volume of water would increase the concentrations of pollutants that settle in wetlands (agricultural chemicals, naturally occurring salts, atmospheric pollutants), and there is a real threat that wetlands will disappear altogether as evaporation empties them and runoff fails to recharge aquifers that sustain them. The loss of prairie wetlands spells doom for more than just ducks. Other wetland species such as muskrats, painted turtles, frogs, redwing and yellow-headed blackbirds and a diversity of aquatic invertebrates will also be out of a home.
For information on what you can do to combat climate change, visit the Climate
Change Connection website at climatechangeconnection.org/solutions.
As evidenced by the gradual appearance of yellow leaves and the smell crisp September air, fall is well on its way. As far as we're concerned, this isn't bad news. There are still weeks of great weather ahead, and plenty to take in this upcoming season. Whether you load up the car one evening to watch the fall migration or simply drop in for a stroll amid the sights of the changing canopy, there is always something spectacular to take in at FortWhyte Alive.
Come by FortWhyte one evening to witness this magical migration ritual complete with a bonfire and BBQ, or dine in style with a three-course feast Buffalo Stone Café. Learn more about Sunset Goose Flights here and Goose Flight Feasts here.
This two-day yoga festival features classes with renowned instructors from across North America, nature hikes, empowering speakers, and musical delights from local musicians and DJs -- and free admission all weekend at FortWhyte Alive! Visit prairielovefestival.com for details.
Celebrate the harvest and the changing of the season with a full day of family-friendly activities at FortWhyte's Fall Family Festival. Take part in classic FortWhyte fun like bison safaris, bannock roasts, guided hikes and more!
Take part in the longest ‘race’ we’ve ever held by signing up for the FortWhyte Alive Mileage Challenge or sign your family up for a day of fun at FortWhyte Alive's Family Adventure Race, both brand new events this September.
Celebrate harvest time on the prairies with good friends and great fare at the 2nd Annual Harvest Supper at FortWhyte Farms. All proceeds from the supper support youth engaged in healthy food programming and employment training at FortWhyte Farms. September is also your last month to check out The Market at FortWhyte Farms!