Like it or not….nature’s critters are a big part of the camping crowd

This week's Hammertime takes a fun look at critters when camping.

Come rain or shine or sleet or snow, there is absolutely no doubt that many hardy families invaded our Alberta campgrounds for the annual wild and quite often wet May long weekend celebration. With all the strict fire and other restrictions that were in effect, hopefully everyone snuggled up and had a good time, but treated nature with deep respect so that it will still be there for everyone to enjoy for the rest of the summer.

Along with all those excited winter weary campers of all ages setting up their tents and toys, this glorious season also welcomes the noisy arrival on the scene of the birds, bees, bugs, bats, bears and all the rest of nature’s creatures, all by the way who, whether we like it or not, do have a place in the scheme of things. Way back when camping fees were only $5 (water and wood included), our family loved heading out on most weekends with one tiny tent trailer for mom/dad/four kids and the dog, but now that they are all grown, grandma and grandpa shack up at home or motel it. Of course. the joy of ‘roughing it’ out among natures finest may have changed quite a bit over the years, but it will always be a grand tradition that started with pup tents in the back yard, summer camps and family sleepovers at the lake with the whole clan.

Please let it bee

While watching the bees buzzing around a flowering tree outside our window, I was surprised to discover that Canada actually has been blessed with over 40 species of bees, all serving the Queen, and some more territorial than others. Due to climate and other reasons the bee population has dropped off drastically, which is really bad news for all of us, simply because two-thirds of the food crops that we eat depend on native bees, honey bees and other polluters to successfully produce a good harvest.

Bees, especially wasps are on a mission and can be very miserable towards us humans, especially when there is a sweet food source close by, so we need to cover up our treats, give the ‘little buzzers’ some space, and don’t bother their nesting quarters. Concerned honey producers have launched a ‘Bees….let it be’ campaign to try and revitalize the vital bee population.

I found an article in the paper last week reporting that a swarm of 45,000 honey bees had been spotted in a flowering choke cherry tree last week in Red Deer as well as one in the Garden Centre at Canadian Tire, but after calling a beekeeper the swarms were removed without a single bite and relocated to a comfortable hive box where they could get on with their work. Instead of trying to be the terminator or going into a panic and risking getting stung, anyone spying a bunch of bees setting up their colony in the neighbourhood is urged to get in touch with Tees Bees Inc. at 587-797-1947 and they will help you solve the problem. By the way, those shy little bats, who nobody likes, are actually responsible for consuming 3000 or more mosquitoes or other insects on their nightly neighbourhood prowl as well as for providing up to 95 per cent of the dispersal that is essential to the regeneration of our forests. Whatever the case, we need to stock up now on our usual supply of bug spray and sun-screen, let everyone enjoy their space, and have a great week, all of you.

 

Just Posted

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

WCPS looks to its schools and communities for new mission, vision, values and beliefs

WCPS’s Board looks to students, and staff in advance of larger community engagement

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

January home sales were weakest since 2015, average national price falls: CREA

CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000

Most Read