The Eagles are here...but so are the Sturgeon!

The Eagles are here... but so are the Sturgeon

 

 

 


If you’re out here checking out the thousands of Bald Eagles that are flocking to the Harrison area, keep in mind that the mighty Fraser River, a main artery of millions of migrating salmon that pass through on the way to the spawning grounds, is as well, home to the long-lived white sturgeon, the largest fresh water fish in North America. These monster fish grow to over one thousand pounds and can live nearly 200 years. They are considered to be one of the most spectacular fresh water sports fish, having the reputation for their size, strength, and impressive jumps.

All guided sturgeon fishing trips with BC Sports Fishing Group, one of our local fishing companies, include the sampling, tagging, and releasing of all white sturgeon caught as per their ongoing commitment to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

To date BC Sport Fishing Group has tagged over 40 % of the more than 46,000 Sturgeon that have been tagged for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

One of the oldest families of fish in existence, sturgeon are native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America. They are distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and occasional great size: sturgeons ranging from 7–12 feet (2-3½ m) in length are common, and some species grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m). Most sturgeons are bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. While some are entirely freshwater, a very few venture into the open ocean beyond near coastal areas.

Several species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is made into caviar — a luxury food which makes some sturgeons pound for pound the most valuable of all harvested fish.  Because of their long reproductive cycles, long migrations, and sensitivity to environmental conditions, many species are under severe threat from overfishing, poaching, water pollution and damming of rivers.  Over 85% of sturgeon species are classified as at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species.

Several measures have recently been taken to improve the White Sturgeon’s prospects for survival.
In 1994, commercial and sport harvest of sturgeon became illegal in the province, and First Nations people voluntarily stopped their sustenance harvests. This should allow more fish to reach reproductive age, and may help to rebuild some stocks. Designation of the White Sturgeon by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (cosewic) as a Vulnerable species in Canada has focused attention on its plight and stimulated some long-needed research.

Here are the facts if you are ever lucky enough to be in a place that offers sturgeon on the menu:

Nutrition Facts
Sturgeon, cooked
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat   5 g   7%
Saturated fat   1.2 g   6%
Polyunsaturated fat  0.9 g
Monounsaturated fat  2.5 g
Cholesterol   77 mg   25%
Sodium   69 mg   2%
Potassium   364 mg   10%
Total Carbohydrate  0 g   0%
Dietary fiber   0 g   0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 21 g   42%
Vitamin A  17%
Vitamin C  0%
Calcium   1%
Iron     4%
Vitamin D  128%
Vitamin B-6  10%
Vitamin B-12  41%
Magnesium  11%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Before 1800, swim bladders of sturgeon (primarily Beluga sturgeon from Russia) were used as a source of isinglass, a form of collagen used historically for the clarification of beer, as a predecessor for gelatin, and to preserve parchments.

Oktoberfest and the Harrison Beer Festival

Oktoberfest & the Harrison Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

The yearly anniversary of this celebration is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has become the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest was canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.

In Munich in recent years, almost 7 million litres of beer is served during the 16 day festival.
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.  The Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity order"), sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law", was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the traditional criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner-Bräu
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

By 1960, Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners have pictured Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl.

Traditional Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair was highly valued and prized.  The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. This tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.

There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol, and who pass out due to intoxication. These drunken patrons are often called "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses”).

For them as well as for the general public, the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with more than 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day.

Nearly 1,000 tons of garbage result annually from the Oktoberfest.

In 2004 the queues outside the toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance. To keep traffic moving through the restrooms, men headed for the toilets were directed to the urinals (giant enclosed grate) if they only needed to urinate.

Approximately 1,800 toilets and urinals are now available during the Festival.

"We're not in Kansas Anymore Dorethy!"

We're Not in Kansas Anymore... Dorothy!

 

 

 

 

 

Let's see if we have this right...

Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz, a five minute drive from Harrison, has been transformed into the imaginary town of Wayward Pines, ID.

Pioneer Park, usually an open green space with towering trees, is now home to "Wayward Pines" a Fox event TV series about a secret service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) that comes to town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.  He’s involved in an accident and wakes up in the town’s hospital with no ID or cell phone.  Burke finds himself caught up in more mysteries than he counted on and unable to connect with his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and son (Charlie Tahan) back home.  Because…he can’t figure out how to secretly borrow a phone?

Hmmmm…

The show will be directed by master film maker M. Night Shyamalan, whose successes include "The Sixth Sense", "Signs", "Unbreakable" and "The Village", all of which seem to offer up weirdly bazaar takes on reality.

Hmmmm…

Like A&E’s Bates Motel, the upcoming 10-episode series is a cross between Twin Peak and The X-Files.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter) plays a nurse who takes care of Burke and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) is Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him. He with no wallet or proof of health insurance??

Hmmmm…

As the TV series evolves, the hero and the beautiful lady begin to see beneath the thickly layered veneer of small town life.

Terrence Howard (The Butler) plays Sheriff Pope and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) has been cast as the town’s bartender Beverly.

The cast also includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals) as Kate Hewson, Burke’s ex-partner at the Secret Service and Tim Griffin (Covert Affairs) as Burke’s boss.

Sword of Truth
According to the fictional world created by Terry Goodkind in his fantasy book series "Sword of Truth," the wayward pine is a massive tree with drooping bows that offers shelter to travelers. These protective fortresses are throughout Goodkind's stories in the fairyworlds of Westland and the Midlands.

World of Warcraft
In the gaming world, a wayward pine is a member of a raiding guild composed of older players. Members consider their loosely organized guild to be casual and welcoming, offering players whatever intensity of play they desire.

Wayward Pines are large pine trees whose branches droop close to the ground while leaving a large hollow interior. They are scattered throughout the New World, particularly in Westland and the Midlands. They are known as a "friend to any traveler" as the inside hollow area is typically used by travelers as a small but cozy shelter for the night or to wait out a rain. Most wayward pines are large enough to almost allow a grown man to stand inside. The branches are typically bare near the trunk, with needles on the ends, leaving the hollow interior. The tree is fire-resistant as long as one is careful, allowing the traveler to build a small campfire inside. The smoke from the fire curls up the center, near the trunk. The needles typically grow so thick that even in a good rain it remains dry inside as well as provides concealment for its inhabitants.

A Wayward Pine
Because of the method of seed dispersal, it isn't uncommon for a pine tree to pop up in an unexpected location, far from its parent tree. This would be a wayward pine in its most literal sense.
Wayward Pines is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, who has said the story was inspired by the ’90s TV series Twin Peaks. It’s been adapted for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), and... is described as:  a mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems.  Hmmmm...

 

We're not just a beach, we are a beach!

We're not just a beach... we ARE a beach!

 

 

 

 

From shoreline picnic grounds, to the public boat launch,  sandy beaches with a kids play park and public washrooms,  the float plane dock where people in their teens prefer to lounge, and the water sport dock that offers everything from kayak rentals to speed boat rentals, leisurely boat tours to the magnificent Rainbow Falls,  a truly “sick” floating water park perfect for teens and adults…guided fishing tours for salmon and sturgeon, guided eco tours featuring our local wild life, seals popping up to check out the action and Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron soaring above.

Wheelchair accessible pathways make simply walking the beach front easy and peaceful.
Southerly winds in the afternoon make windsurfing and kiting here a truly breath taking experience.
Water skiing, wakeboarding, sea-doo-ing, blaster bumper boats, banana tube rides… if you can’t find something to do in Harrison it’s because you haven’t visited the beach or the watersports dock on the lake at the front of the Harrison Resort and Spa.

If your idea of water sports means actively and "relax-ively" watching the water and other people sporting upon it while you enjoy the warm summer breeze and exceptional food, drink and dessert, you couldn't ask for better places to do this than local restaurant patios that look out over the beach!

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