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stars-featBy Cathy Hird

Many of these early fall days have been glorious. Warm sun on the face under the expanse of blue. Trees tipped with red. The swamp in front of our house vibrates and sings with the birds who are gathering for the flight south.

jumping-fish-regBy Paulette Peirol

It's full steam ahead for thousands of Chinook salmon pushing up the Sydenham River to spawn, a seven-kilometre run from the Owen Sound harbour to Inglis Falls. The salmon spawn only once in their lifetime, making their journey remarkable.

The Owen Sound Salmon Tour takes you to several places along the river to watch the salmon in action. Catch them leaping up the mill dam and fish ladder near downtown Owen Sound, swimming in the shallows at Harrison Park, or queuing up at the spawning channels behind the Grey Sauble Conservation headquarters on Inglis Falls Road. Each stop on the eco-tour offers salmon viewing and interpretive plaques to guide you.

This year's salmon tour features two special events: guided tours of the fish spawning channels this weekend and next; and a salmon tasting on Sunday, Oct. 5th from 1-3 pm. The spawning tours will be available from 10 am to 4 pm each day and leave from the Grey Sauble Conservation administration building on Inglis Falls Road. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to conservation efforts by Grey Sauble Conservation and the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association, which maintains the spawning channels and a fish hatchery nearby, and also hosts an annual salmon and trout derby in Owen Sound. Bring solid footwear for the spawning channel tours.

bruce-regBruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of the nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Each BTC Club hosts free guided hikes and family activities to help the general public, and BTC members explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment. Check out: www.brucetrail.org for further details.

Harvestb-regBy Cathy Hird

In the fields, the beans are turning yellow. The rich green of summer is gone. Soon they will become a particular shade of brown.

Farmers are watching this carefully. With soybeans, white beans, lima beans, any of the kind whose seed we use, you cannot harvest them until they are dry. Then, you want to get them off right away because pods will split and white beans in particular will discolour. That doesn't affect their food value, but consumers tend to reject them if they are grey so they sell for less as animal feed.

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