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March 2002 - Ottawa, Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo
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The article below is an example of a Chapter Report, from the August 2001 issue of Talon Tales.
|Falcon Watch Centre 2001:
The Ottawa Falcon Watch Centre operated this year from late April until the beginning of August, again in Constitution Square thanks to the continued support of building management. Unfortunately, technical difficulties kept us from presenting a live video signal from the nest ledge this year, but we received a steady stream of visitors nonetheless. Highlights of the season included the arrival of foster chick Bailey on June 5, and the banding of Bailey and Quest on June 15, both of which attracted crowds that filled the Centre to capacity. Later in the season, Odo the barn owl (see page 16) made daily appearances at the Centre, quickly attracting lots of new fans.
Another foster peregrine for Ottawa:
Working for peregrine safety:
Following the banding of the chicks on June 15, a team of volunteers began the installation of the banners. Work was slow at first, hampered both by the 33°C heat and by the challenges of coordinating efforts on the roof and on the ground with limited communication between the two levels. After four hours we called it a day and returned the next morning. Seven hours later we finally had the entire structure in place, and just in time, as a heavy thunderstorm swept in while we were packing up our gear on the roof. Overhearing conversations on the street the next day, we were pleased to discover many people complimenting the "Canada Day" decorations on the building. More importantly, staff at 240 Sparks agreed that the final product looked good.
Sadly, with the death of both of this year’s fledglings before they even had a chance to come near 240 Sparks, we were unable to prove the effectiveness of our decorations. However, we are confident that they would have helped, and having set a precedent this year, we hope that installing the same array again next June will meet with the approval of building staff.
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