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October/November 2004
by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College 

(NASA Earth Observatory)

The Earth Observatory is a website operated by NASA and features incredible images of earth and events happening on earth taken from space by either manned spacecraft or orbiting satellites.  The link under “New Images” provides access to all of the current week’s images as well as to all of the archives.  High-resolution images are available for download.  From the top menu bar you can access information on missions and experiments that NASA is currently conducting.  There is also a link to there database of global-scale measurements that NASA has collected.  So for example if you want to see what the snow cover looked for the winter of 2004 you can select the appropriate dates and build an animation of the data and observe how snow cover changed over the course of time. 

(Hinterland Who’s Who)

As advertised on the HINTERLAND WHO’S WHO “A Canadian tradition soars again”.  From the main page you can access a complete library of video clips.  They have all of the vintage clips as well as the new ones released recently.  On the left of the side of the main page there is a link to species pages.  From these pages you can link to fact sheets on each species as well more information on the issues and topics affecting each.  With the recent addition of 11 more golf courses in North America as Audubon Sanctuaries information like this will be helpful in managing the species diversity present on our golf courses.  (Cyberlawn)

Welcome to Cyberlawn, the website of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.  The website offers good basic information for the domestic user of outdoor power equipment.  Under the “Guide to OPE” they have basic information about mowing, such as mower selection criteria.  They also have a page of links to all of the equipment manufacturers.  They site is loaded with basic safety and environmental tips for best management practices.  The “Lawn and Garden Information Link Library” has loads of more technical information.  Some of which is geared to both the domestic and commercial markets.  The site is full of audio and video clips that present material in an easy to understand and entertaining manner.


  (Metric / Imperial Conversions)

This site has a handy dandy web-based metric converter for Volume, Area, and Length, perfect for doing sprayer calculation mathematics. 

(The Extension Toxicology Network)

The Extension Toxicology Network is an excellent source of information about pesticides.  From the main page follow the link to the “Pesticide Information Profiles” (PIP’s).  Each pesticide is profiled in easy to read and understand language.  The information about each chemical is very complete.  The link to the “Toxicology Information Briefs” (TIBs) provides more general information about specific issues when dealing with pesticides.  Although the site is based on American information and the list of chemicals is larger than that currently registered in Canada, it is still a pretty impressive resource.  (Irrigation Industry Association of British Columbia)

The Irrigation Industry Association of BC was founded in 1979 by participating irrigation dealers, distributors, manufacturers and individuals involved in the irrigation industry in the province of British Columbia.  You can find information regarding irrigation news, conventions, certification, irrigation links, scheduling, and standards.  You can order publications and find evapotranspiration rates for BC.  You will also find a 22-page set of standards for Landscape Irrigation Systems.



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