Community Bulletin Board – October 3, 2010

No new news this week.

Don’t be shy! If you have contests or promotions, an upcoming blogoversary, want to share a new project you’re involved in or a cause you believe in, have items you wish to sell, want to solicit feedback from the NBN community, or anything else that might be of interest to our members, don’t hesitate to email me!

Submissions can be sent to canadianowlet [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line “NBN Bulletin Board”. Don’t forget to include your blog’s name and URL. The weekly board will be posted every Sunday.

Member participation

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is hosting a video contest to promote Canadian national parks and increase people’s awareness of what great opportunities can be found there for both individuals and families. Since most of us live in cities or towns that are far away from national parks, even if we haven’t been able to visit them for real, all of us can visit them by video. The Celebrate Canada’s Parks Video Contest is designed to bring parks to people, no matter where they live. And CPAWS hopes these videos may just inspire you and your family to plan a visit yourself some day to one or more of these amazing natural treasures.

Entrants submit a video showcasing their favourite Canadian park and why they like it. Videos are voted on by the public, and the winner receives a trip to Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories. Eric of Outbound Blog has entered his video on La Mauricie National Park in Quebec. He asks for support from NBN members in voting for his video, but while you’re there, check out the many other submissions from other people around the country (or even submit your own – but vote for Eric’s first :-) . ). There’s some beautiful scenery showcased!

Member feedback

Have you seen a dragonfly swarm in your area over the last few months? If so, The Dragonfly Woman wants to hear from you! Chris is conducting research on dragonfly swarming behavior in the US and Canada and is collecting reports from people who have seen them. If you have seen a swarm and wish to contribute to her database, please visit her Contact page, read the notice at the bottom of the page for a list of information she is interested in, and submit your report. This has been an amazing year for dragonfly swarming behavior and we may never see this level of activity again. She’s posted a fascinating write-up on some recent research into migratory dragonfly behaviour using radio transmitters, which is worth a read, and there’s more information there about her study, as well.

Contests and Promotions

Amber of Birder’s Lounge is continuing her photo ID challenge for 2010 under the name Challenge for Charity. Try your hand at identifying a series of photos; the person with the most correct receives a $10 donation to the charity of their choice.

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