Calgary-area scouts learn winter survival skills

Calgary-area scouts learn winter survival skills

More than 150 scouts from across southern Alberta gathered this weekend to attend a winter training camp aimed at teaching emergency and survival skills to youth.

The Senator Buchanon Winter Skills Training Camp invited 12 different scout groups to set up camp on a field just outside Diamond Valley.

Children learned basic first aid along with how to pack their bags for a hike and what essential items are needed in frigid conditions.

Instructors also taught how to care for someone experiencing hypothermia, how to tie different knots, start a campfire, and how to boil fresh snow into water to prevent dehydration.

“You never know when you’re going to need these skills in life,” said 11-year-old, Folu Ajibola with the 86th Woodcliff Scouts.

“I’m learning how to turn on stoves because it can get pretty cold and also about nutrition plans and how to use carbs, fat and protein because

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Bumblebees Learn To Solve Puzzles by Watching Other Bees

Bumblebees Learn To Solve Puzzles by Watching Other Bees

Bumblebee Face Macro Close Up

A new study published in PLOS Biology shows that bumblebees can learn new behavior by watching and imitating other bees, and that this behavior can quickly spread throughout a colony. The research suggests that social learning plays a significant role in how bumblebees forage for food.

A new study has shown that bumblebees pick up new “trends” in their behavior by watching and learning from other bees, and that one form of behavior can spread rapidly through a colony even when a different version gets discovered.

The research, led by Queen Mary University of London and published today (March 7) in PLOS Biology, provides strong evidence that social learning drives the spread of bumblebee behavior – in this case, precisely how they forage for food.

A variety of experiments were set up to establish this. The researchers designed a two-option puzzle box that could be opened either by pushing

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