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The Purcell Mountains with CMH Summer Adventures

 

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Brian is up in the Purcell Mountains with Canadian Mountain Holidays at one of their back country lodges, working as a guest guide.  He’s hiking in the high country by day, and conducts a wildlife related presentation every evening after dinner for the guests.  The helicopter is used as a taxi to drop them off and pick them up at the end of the day, allowing for some incredible exploration into some amazing landscapes.

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CMH Heli Hiking in The Bugaboo Moutains

 

 

 

This week on CBC’s Homestretch, Brian Keating is in excellent grizzly habitat in the Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia where there is lots of evidence of grizzly activitiy this summer.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/

 

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HeliHiking with CMH Summer Adventures

 

 

 

Wondering where Brian is going next? Next week he heli-hikes with CMH Summer Adventures! Have a look:

http://www.canadianmountainholidays.com/~/media/cmh/pdfs/summer/itineraries/2014-summer-itinerary-brian-keating.pdf

 

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Humpback Whales in Alaska

 

 

 

This week on CBC’s Homestretch, Brian speaks to Doug Dirks about the Orca Whale and the hunt that he was able to experience. He also talks about the Humpback Whales who were bubble net feeding – a rare experience for nature lovers!

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2014/07/14/whales/

 

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The Nesting Tube

 

 

 

A few weeks ago, Brian spoke about the duck in his backyard. Here is a video of the duck and the nesting tube he built for her. This is the duck’s second clutch, the first having been eating by a skunk in the area.

 

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Southeast Alaska with Civilized Adventures

 

 

 

If you are interested in where Brian is sailing this week, take a look at the link to his trip and itinerary with Civilized Adventures.

http://www.civilizedadv.com/index.php/search/search-2/item/163-southeast-alaska-sailing-adventure

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Alaska

 

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Brian Keating is taking in the beauty of the Alaskan coast on a chartered yacht. This week on CBC, he talks about the wildlife he hopes to encounter including bears and the humpback whale.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2014/07/07/alaska/

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An Afterswarm of Bees!

 

 

Brian’s hive swarmed yesterday for the 2nd time in as many weeks, in what is called an ‘after-swarm’!  Larger than the first swarm, all 30,000 were collected without incident and are now happily in another hive, making honey! Brian said later that it ‘was an awesome spectacle to witness and be a part of!

 

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This week Brian’s adventures with wildlife take place right in his backyard in SE Calgary. Brian watches as some 20,000 bees are transported by a professional beekeeper to a waiting hive after Brian’s own hive ‘swarmed’! In this podcast, he describes the experience.

 

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No doubt this is Canada’s first wild duck ever to be fed on the nest with a 7- foot spoon! Yes, that’s correct: twice a day Brian takes his super spoon and feeds the duck. The nest is her 2nd clutch, after the first clutch of 8 eggs weredestroyed by a skunk, at midnight two weeks ago (see CBC story posted last week). He built his ‘anti-skunk’ nesting tube, which the duck took to, like a ‘duck to water’, so to speak.

Brian’s skunk & duck story continues to be an excellent success story. Brian reports that he feeds only high quality food, perfect for a brooding duck. Stay tuned for the emergence of the chicks!

 

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