Many thanks today to Dave and Lois for breakfast, lunch and a drive out to Elk Island National Park to see a bit of real northern prairies landscape. Stunningly beautiful in the snow and amazing wildlife including Bison (in the photo though they looked much bigger and closer in real life) a Coyote and lots of Beavers as long as you count the ones hidden away in their lodges. Two days is definitely not long enough in Edmonton but Toronto awaits. Thanks again to my fantastic hosts Doug, Lois and Dave and farewell to all my new friends in Alberta.
It has been an exciting day getting to know members of Orchid Species Preservation Foundation and some inspiring teachers working to introduce orchid education in local schools. I have also been able to see the wonderful and diverse collection OSPF have at the Muttart Conservatory.
Today I will be visiting our partners of the Orchid Species Preservation Foundation of Alberta to run a workshop with local teachers. It is -20C in Edmonton but should warmup to -13C later – a bit if a contrast to our more usual tropical destinations. More photos later.
You may remember that the greenhouse has sensors connected through the Internet of School Things which upload data to the internet. It means that we can always check the greenhouse on cold nights to see that the heating is working and compare greenhouse conditions to those we have recorded in tropical forests. To check on conditions yourself follow this link http://www.iotschools.org.uk/GPRSLogbook/1004.htm and click Xivley Feed and you will see data from both the Warm Asia and Cool Asia sections (The top two feeds are temperature and relative humidity for warm Asia) . Click on the data to get a graphical plot like this:Internet of School Things feed from Warm Asia