After more than 140 years, ‘magnificent’ wild bison are back roaming Banff National Park

Wonderful!

After more than 140 years, plains bison are once again roaming their historical range in Banff’s Eastern Slopes.

Parks Canada has successfully relocated 16 wild bison from Elk Island National Park to the remote Panther Valley in Banff National Park.

For 16 months, the bison will remain in an enclosed pasture in the valley 40 kilometres north of Banff, and will be monitored by Parks Canada. In summer 2018, the herd will be released to explore a 1,200-square-kilometre zone in the Red Deer and Cascade river valleys where they will be free to interact with other native species and forage for food. Natural barriers and stretches of wildlife fencing will hopefully discourage the bison from leaving the zone.

Photographer captures amazing ‘light pillars’ phenomenon in North Bay, Ontario

‘It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up,’ says Timothy Joseph Elzinga:

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A northern Ontario man was surprised to wake up in the middle of the night to see beams of brightly coloured lights shooting up into the sky.

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According to National Geographic, Elzinga captured a weather phenomenon called light pillars.

Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground.

In this case, the air was so cold that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city’s street and business lights.

U.S. border agents rescue Canadians from Ontario house fire

I don’t post enough ‘good news’ stories any more; here’s one:

It was just after 1 a.m. Thursday when U.S. Border Patrol marine units based in Buffalo, N.Y., noticed a house on fire on the Canadian shoreline near Niagara Falls, Ont.

The border agents didn’t spot any firefighters or rescue vehicles, so they manoeuvred their boats close to shore and set off their sirens and shone spotlights to alert the residents.

The agents eventually came ashore and one led a family of four, including two children, out of the burning house to a safe spot across the road.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a second agent led another family of four to safety from a house adjacent to the blaze while the commander of a second American patrol boat contacted the RCMP to let them know what was going on.

Glad for the great relationship between our countries! 🙂