Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society Annual GIANT AUCTION – March 24th, 2013
This year, the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS) combined their annual auction held on the Sunday with a Saturday slate of guest speakers and a room full of vendors to produce a fun-filled weekend dubbed AQUAMANIA.
Today’s entry will focus on the events of the GIANT AUCTION on Sunday March 24th, 2013. To see images and information relating to the Friday and Saturday activity see our previous two blog entries.
As has become the tradition in the past few years, Peter was hard at work late into the evening and again early in the morning dealing with the registration of a varied collection of items from gravel to driftwood to full sized aquariums and fish with unpronounceable Latin names. Other members and volunteers had already done all of the hard work of setting up the tables and chairs before I arrived – I was certainly happy to see that :-). Continue reading →
There will definitely still be snow on the ground but the forecast is for sunny, blue skies and temperatures in the +2C – +6 C range, a definite change from the past couple of years. Continue reading →
Notice – 28/01/2013: The 2013 version of the OVAS Giant Auction will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 2013. It will be part of a two-day ‘Aquamania’. On March 23 – 24th, 2013, the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society presents it`s first ever AquaMania event at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 1876 Robertson Road, Bells Corners (Location). On Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, OVAS has a great lineup of guest speakers including Dr. Stephan Tanner, Jamie Baquero, Dr. Hernan Lopez-Fernandez, Les Wilson and Jason Baliban. Topics will cover freshwater and saltwater. OVAS will also have a manufacturer exhibit and sales room running all day. On Sunday, March 24th, 2013, it will be the OVAS Giant Auction! Note that the location of the auction has changed. For this year, the location will be the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center and not the Jack Purcell Center
OVAS GIANT AUCTION today – March 4th, 2012
March 4th, 2012 – The fun has begun and I’m at the Jack Purcell Center (location) helping to set things up for today’s big event.
It’s 9AM and the work has certainly begun in earnest. Tables have to be set up, chairs have to be lined up and all of the equipment has to be checked out. Of course, every good operation requires a supervisor with a cup of coffee 🙂 and, once the guys have all of the tables lined up, along comes someone else to point out how they should be numbered. 🙂 🙂
Last night, I was guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Ottawa Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS). The topic was photography with a format of a twenty minute review of technical terms and things to think about, followed by a opportunity for those who had brought their cameras to do a bit of experimenting. With the lights dimmed, the spotlight was on the small tanks set up for the event. On one table there were a few static items out of water (Driftwood), on another table a couple of tanks with some fast small fish (Danios), and on other tables more tanks containing some plants and a somewhat slower Betta.
I also added a 150 slide PowerPoint slide show of various public aquariums that I have visited. I had planned to use the Center’s screen for my talk and use my own screen for the slide show. As it turned out, the Center’s screen went missing so it was a good thing that I had brought along mine.
In the River Journey building, you start your tour in the lower levels where there is a wonderful display of seahorses but first I had to get past the Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) which, I guess, was the display creature of the day. For those who need to know such things, the horseshoe crab is ‘bled’ to obtain Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) which is an aqueous extract of amoebocytes. LAL reacts with bacterial endotoxin or lipopolysaccharide and it is this reaction which is the basis of a test called the LAL test. The LAL test is used in the pharmaceutical industry to detect the presence of, or quantity of, gram negative bacteria endotoxins. Prior to acceptance of this test, a rabbit test was used for this quality testing purpose. When I was an inspector of parenteral drug manufacturing sites back in the ’70s, this LAL test was still considered a new test method and was still undergoing validation procedures in parallel to testing in rabbits. I think that the ladies showing me their horseshoe crab were a bit surprised that I knew this much about their horseshoe crab:-). I was surprised at how little I had forgotten in 30 years! LOL
The first part of this multi-part posting of my visit to the Tennessee Aquarium focused on the orchids and butterflies exhibits and a few of stingrays on exhibit. This Part II highlights the reefs and the jelly fish displays. The jelly fish are a bit tough to photograph because they are in constant motion but I was surprised by the number of different varieties that the Tennessee Aquarium had on display and the amount of aquarium space that they had allocated to displaying these interesting creatures. Part III covers the “River Journey” building.
The Tennessee Aquarium located in Chattanooga, Tennessee is housed in two buildings located beside each other on the riverbank of the Tennessee River. One of the buildings is for predominately saltwater exhibits (the “Ocean Journey”), and the other is for predominately freshwater exhibits (the “River Journey”). An admission ticket to one building includes admission to the other building with a short outdoors walk to go from one building to the other. I began my visit by going to the “Ocean Journey” first. Inside, an escalator takes you quickly to the top floor of the building where there are a number of aquatic exhibits as well as many orchids and a butterfly exhibit area.
My cold camera met the near jungle environment with its high humidity and I was out of photographic business until I got my lenses to unfog many minutes later. Spent the time looking around, speaking to volunteer staff and another photographer who was, likewise, waiting for his camera equipment to warm up. Although this blog series is about a public aquarium, this first in the series will focus on mostly the orchids and butterflies found in these upper display area.
The Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet is closed on Mondays so, since we had decided to delay our northward travels due to a severe winter storm crossing the northern US, we were able to return to Ponce Inlet on Tuesday for a bit more cycling and a visit to the Marine Science Center.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, Louisiana
When I had been in New Orleans on a previous occasion with my wife, we had considered visiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (location) but opted instead to take the Canal Street ferry ride across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point. For those who are visiting the French Quarter or the Harrah’s Casino, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a very short walk and is close to the shops along Canal Street and the Shops at Canal Place.
On this visit to New Orleans, I decided that the alligators waiting for me in the swamps and bayous would have to wait until after I had had time to tak e a look inside the impressive building housing the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Once inside the doors, the visitor finds a multilevel arrangement of exhibits in ponds surrounded by tropical forest as well as multiple aquariums housing both fresh water and salt water creatures.
The main feature is the tunnel under the fish. Always interesting to walk throguh such tunnels and view the fish from all angles.
Once I had taken a look at the rest of the exhibits I walked back outside into the sunshine and was going to take a few more photos of a certain car but alas, it was no longer there.
Oh well, the sun was still shining and the sky was still blue, so off I went to explore more of the sights and sounds of New Orleans.