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Become a Citizen Scientist With Us

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Written by: Karlee May, Digital Media Coordinator, with contributions from Cory Harris, Water Resources Engineer

Conduct a scientific study in your own backyard. By setting up a rain gauge on your property, you can measure the precipitation throughout the year. Gardeners will love being able to see how the rain affects their gardens; farmers will be able to better predict when rain falls on the crops, and landowners will develop a greater awareness of the environment they live in. If you set up a rain gauge, you can also participate in a large data collection, data that even we use here at Conservation Halton. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a non-profit organization that collects and provides high quality weather and precipitation (rain, hail and snow) data through a network of volunteers. As a volunteer, you’re directly contributing to a public information resource for education, science, and policy. It’s participation through precipitation!

Local volunteers, like yourself, set up rain gauges, and the gauges are connected to the CoCoRahs network. Measurements are taken using these rain gauges and the precipitation information is entered into a large database of a network of rain gauges on the web. By setting up your own rain gauge, the data you collect will be made available online to all members of the public and is presented in a map or table format. You’ll immediately be able to see the measurements and trends online! Similarly, the data that others enter is also shared and made available to you. Eventually, the data collected through the network will likely be used in important studies related to climate change. It’s crowd-sourcing the collection of precipitation information for the benefit of all.

Conservation Halton supplements our rainfall data with the data collected from these rain gauges. The more rain gauges out there in the watershed, the more information we can use for our storm models. Engineers are better able to predict the impacts on the wetlands, creeks and flood prone areas within the watershed. The original rain gauge network we built was based on the assumption that the most severe storms we would be forecasting for would be hurricanes. Because of climate change, we’re now seeing a difference in the types of storms in the watershed. Storms previously dispersed across a broader area; but, now the data shows that storms have become more convective in nature. More storms of a convective nature mean that rainfall is more localized and intense, and harder to predict. Having a higher density of gauges in the area allows us to record more rainfall data to confirm and assess the spatial distribution, and also the severity of various storms.

Staff at Conservation Halton set up a rain gauge this past week. Families, Teachers: this is a great way to connect education and the environment! Students and children will learn every time it rains, and develop a greater awareness of the environment and weather patterns. They’re also truly contributing to a growing body of data with real-life implications.

Learn more about the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network at this link here: http://www.cocorahs.org/

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How We Make Snow

“You’ve probably seen our snow guns pumping out snow since late November so we could triumphantly open Glen Eden ahead of schedule for our beloved pass holders. We wouldn’t have been able to start the season without our snow making operations: the snow guns, and the snow makers who operate them.

Several components are needed to make snow besides water and compressed air—like, wet bulb and nucleators. What’s a nucleator? What’s a wet bulb?”

To learn more about the science of making snow, read the rest of the blog at Glen Eden, the ski hill in Conservation Halton.

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We ♥ GE

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Do you have plans yet?

Skip out on the crowded restaurants with their mundane prix-fixe menus and instead spend this V’Day at Glen Eden. Your pookie-bear/honey boo-boo will thank you.

With the conditions great and temps mild, it’s an ideal venue for the perfect ski date…just be weary of popping the question on the chairlift (in case she says no because that’s awkward).

We’re open Valentine’s Day from 8:30am to 9:30pm. For pricing info, click here.

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CH Steve’s Winter Vehicle Care and Driving Tips

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With winter upon us, it’s probably a great time to go over some winter driving tips that will help you stay safe on those slushy streets. So we thought who better than our own Steve K., Coordinator of Fleet & Equipment Services to go over the top 10 things you can do to avoid finding yourself in a slippery situation.

10. Install four matching snow tires if possible (snow tires increase overall traction and stability).

9. Slow down! In the winter, roads are slippery even if they don’t look like they are.

8. Turn off your windshield wipers before turning your car off. If not, your wiper blades could freeze to your windshield. This is especially important overnight as when you start your vehicle the next morning, you risk not only damaging your blades but damaging the windshield wiper system itself. 

7. Slow down! You have more control and can maneuver your vehicle easier at slower speeds. 

6. If you have power windows, don’t put the windows down if they are frozen. You will damage the power window system.  

5. Slow down! Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather.

 4. Clean off all snow on your vehicle. You will have better visibility and if not, you can be fined by the police if you have chunks of snow flying off your vehicle.

 3. Slow down! It is better to arrive late and alive. 

2. Pay attention! Driving in winter conditions requires even more attention to the road.

1. Slow down!

 

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Around the Parks: Glen Eden Ski Patrol

By Dave Beynon, Visitor Safety and Patrol Supervisor

Have you ever seen an accident and wished you knew how to help? Have you wanted to be the person who makes a difficult situation better? Well, we like to think you can! The Glen Eden Ski Patrol is all about helping others when they need it the most. So, what does it take to be a patroller at Glen Eden?

To wear that distinctive red jacket with the white cross on the back, patrollers must first take an intensive 60-hour course in Outdoor Emergency Care. Each year thereafter, they must re-certify and refresh their skills including CPR and AED. This prepares them for whatever emergencies they may encounter, whether at Glen Eden or just driving to work.

Responding to emergencies is just part of the patroller’s life at Glen Eden. Our dedicated volunteers are there for the love of the sport and to ensure our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. Interacting with guests is a rewarding aspect of being a patroller. Patrollers are experts at leading by example. Things like wearing a properly fitted helmet and keeping equipment in top working order are perfect examples of safe practices patrollers promote everyday.

The daily routine of a patroller includes monitoring the slopes for hazards. Before the slopes are open in the morning, they are checked by a patroller. But it does not end there. Changing weather and surface conditions can affect the safety of our guests. Patrollers are responsible for monitoring and reacting to changing conditions. At the end of the day a patrol final sweep ensures that everyone is safely off the hill. It’s not all work for patrollers. They form a unique bond right from the start of training in early October. This bond is by far the most rewarding part of being a Glen Eden Ski Patroller. The skills learned are carried with us every day when we are not in uniform on the hill.

Our patrollers come from all walks of life. They are parents, students, healthcare providers, industrial workers and people from the business world, but the common thread is the love of the sport and the desire to help people. If you would like more information about the Glen Eden Ski Patrol, or would like to be part of this team, please contact Dave Beynon, Visitor Safety and Patrol Supervisor at Glen Eden by e-mail dbeynon [at] hrca.on.ca or call 905-878-5011, ext. 280.

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