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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Winnipeg: An Environmental City?

I have made it to Winnipeg. What a difference from Chicago! Chicago had no snow and Winnipeg has had snow flurries throughout the day. Once I gathered up my luggage, my plan was to take a taxi to the train station to stash my extra luggage and then go to the Manitoba Museum. Guess what, the taxis here in Winnipeg are Toyota Prius, the hybrid cars. What a great idea! My taxi driver said they have been using the Prius cars for 3 years. Even in winter, the small amount of Winnipeg that I am seeing, I am impressed with. Many of the older city buildings have huge murals painted on them. And there are polar bear statues around town with different decorations - like what Saratoga Springs does with the horse sculptures. I have taken some pictures, so I will try and post them. The other environmental thing that I am seeing here in Winnipeg is recycling containers everywhere - the kind of containers that sort out plastic, glass, paper, and aluminum.

I am back at the train station waiting for the 7:20 pm train to Churchill. The Manitoba Museum was spectacular. There were a lot of exhibits on the Arctic as well as all of the areas of Manitoba. One exhibit that I was really impressed with was the exhibit on the Hudson Bay Trading Company. There was even a replica of the boat, the Nonsuch, which was the first boat of the soon to be formed Hudson Bay Trading Company. Since I grew up in Texas, I never learned very much about the Hudson Bay Trading Company.

What do you know about the Hudson Bay Trading Company? Here's the next assignment:

1. How are the Hudson River (that flows between Hadley and Lake Luzerne) connected to the Hudson Bay that I will see when I arrive in Churchill on Satuday? Please don't tell me that one flows into the other - they are 2 separate watersheds. But what is the connection?

2. Using complete sentences (and spell check), tell me 3 facts about the Hudson Bay Trading Post. Extra credit to whomever can tell me why someone would name their boat the "Nonsuch" - such an odd name.

3. What natural resources did the Hudson Bay Trading Company utilize to grow their business?

And for extra credit.....
Pick one of the Scientists as Explorers that no one had written about and answer the 5 questions.

Have a great winter break and a lovely Valentine's Day.


At February 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM , Anonymous 1j.m. said...

1. Jane Goodall was born in London England in 1934. Her dad gave her a life like chimpanzee toy named Jubilee. She wasn’t that in to animals until she had gotten her toy. Her parents were divorced when she was 12. She had moved with her mother to Bournemouth England. She was invited to dig at Olduvai Gorge in eastern Africa . Louis Leakey asked Goodall to study the chimpanzees of Gombe stream national park . She arrived in July 1960. Then returned to the United kingdom where she earned a doctorate in ethnology .The major breakthrough in the field of primatology credited Goodalls discovery of tool making among chimpanzees during her studies. Jane Goodall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

At February 13, 2009 at 8:28 AM , Anonymous per 1 rayman said...

Robert Ballard is as scientist they got his big find. He was the first guy to ever find the titanic. His big finds he is from Santiago California, in 1962 when him and his father joined the north American aviation. He got a 3 million grant form the Rockefeller foundation. His finds of the titanic has made him wealthy and pretty famous.

1. He is from north America.
2. He went to school at the university of California. He studded marine biology.
3. he has ben all over the world
4. He has ben on Meany different expeditions all around the worlds. He has fond many different exhibits all over.

At February 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous k.t7 said...

K.t. 2/13/09

1. The Hudson River is connected to the Hudson Bay by Lake George and Lake Champlain

2. The first fact of the Hudson Bay post is in 1867 a fur trade post owned by the Hudson Bay Company was established at Bella Cool first on boat and later at a permanent post. The second fact is by the time Mackenzie arrived at Bella Coola in 1793 trading between native people & Europeans along the coast was common. Lastly trade goods at the post included locally grown potatoes and native items such as carvings & weavings.

3. Natural resources used for trade is fur, crops, carving and weaving for the business, also traveled by fur and land.

At March 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I live in Lake Luzerne (have been since 1956), I wonder what the Hudson River and Hudson Bay have in common. I don't think Anne meant "connected", as in, how does the water flow from one to the other, but rather, how are they related.



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