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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2018, 02:56 »
Big fire in downtown Brandon just a 3 blocks from McKenzie Seeds.  The fire started in one building then embers ignited a building across the street. Second building had been converted to condos.  The converted building is similar in age and structure to McKenzie Seeds.

Risk of fire spreading in 'horrific and tragic' Brandon blaze likely passed, say authorities
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-fire-may-19-1.4670906

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http://heritagebrandon.ca/8-heritage/335-638-pacific-avenue

McKenzie Seeds
http://heritagebrandon.ca/13-built-heritage/226-30-9th-street
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/aemckenziebuilding.shtml

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2018, 08:30 »
Yes, Rose and I had been down there in the morning before and after a bit of shopping, didn't see any falcons.  I took her home after, then went back down town. I could see the black smoke on my way there and thought the parkade was was on fire.  :o

I parked about two blocks west of the McKenzie building. If the wind had been from the other direction I don't think it would have been good for the falcons, I took some photos and went home.  I went back after eight o'oclock in the evening to check on them.  There was a nest exchange so they are fine and I will be checking again today.

 










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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2018, 09:02 »
Two buildings that I know of were total losses.  A beer vendor with attached vacant night club and the Christie's Supply which had been in business since 1881.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1057735331034230.1073741826.151534721654300&type=3
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2018, 09:34 »
I was watching the fire live on Facebook. It was horrific. So many people affected.  :'( :-[ :'(

Iím really happy to hear the falcons are ok and doing what the do best.  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2018, 14:40 »
I was also watching the fires and trying to keep an eye on wind direction - knowing that the Brandon nest was only a short distance away!

Thanks for all the updates ... it's good to know the falcons are okay.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2018, 15:05 »
When I was in Brandon last week, I was checking out the birds from that the office supply store's parking lot - right across from the Massey Building condo block.  It will be weird to be back there in a while and have it looks so different - it has basically looked the same since I started with the Project ... gods a very very long time ago ... not sure if I didn't have drinks where the beer vendor is way back in my undergrad days when we had a urban planning field course out in Brandon ...

Having seen how solidly McKenzie Seeds was built in 1910 and that the Massey Building is of an age (built in 1913) I hope the bones of the building survives and that they are able to repair/renovate again.  There are a number of these beautiful old buildings by the rail lines in Brandon that really should be given a second (or third) lease on life.  Great bones, great (really really great views), out of range of flood damage and while it doesn't take a particularly long time to get anywhere in Brandon, the downtown is going through a bit of a commercial revitalization that would really boost the appeal of living downtown and living downtown would really boost the revitalization.  Same could be said for lots of places but Brandon's downtown has a nice size/feel to it that could make it easier or perhaps more appealing for developers.  And it isn't as though Brandon doesn't have the need for more housing.  Would be nice to think it doesn't all come down to money - that helping other businesses, helping people and helping the community overall might play a role.  Or maybe I'm just too much of an optimist.  :P

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2018, 20:42 »
When I was in Brandon last week, I was checking out the birds from that the office supply store's parking lot - right across from the Massey Building condo block.  It will be weird to be back there in a while and have it looks so different - it has basically looked the same since I started with the Project ... gods a very very long time ago ... not sure if I didn't have drinks where the beer vendor is way back in my undergrad days when we had a urban planning field course out in Brandon ...

Having seen how solidly McKenzie Seeds was built in 1910 and that the Massey Building is of an age (built in 1913) I hope the bones of the building survives and that they are able to repair/renovate again.  There are a number of these beautiful old buildings by the rail lines in Brandon that really should be given a second (or third) lease on life.  Great bones, great (really really great views), out of range of flood damage and while it doesn't take a particularly long time to get anywhere in Brandon, the downtown is going through a bit of a commercial revitalization that would really boost the appeal of living downtown and living downtown would really boost the revitalization.  Same could be said for lots of places but Brandon's downtown has a nice size/feel to it that could make it easier or perhaps more appealing for developers.  And it isn't as though Brandon doesn't have the need for more housing.  Would be nice to think it doesn't all come down to money - that helping other businesses, helping people and helping the community overall might play a role.  Or maybe I'm just too much of an optimist.  :P

I think that with your many fond memories around the McKenzie Seeds site, you will likely experience a rather difficult to describe feeling on your next visit to Brandon, TPC.

RCF and Rose will likely also be affected, I believe, as they spend so much of their time in that area. And of course it must be extremely difficult for anyone who was directly affected by the fires.

Yes, Brandon has a number of structures quite similar to the McKenzie Seeds building, and I greatly admire their beautiful cornices, etc. Hopefully they will rebuild or repair the damaged buildings, and maybe they'll even attempt to fully restore Massey Manor. I heard a few varying comments on the radio, so we'll have to wait and see.

http://www.timescolonist.com/apartment-building-involved-in-massive-brandon-fire-can-hopefully-be-saved-1.23309364
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2018, 18:38 »
meant to com e here sooner.s some years back I paid a visit to Brandon to watch the falcons. ( we have relatives in Winnipeg)

I remember the area well. I really feel for the people in the area. what a tragedy. hopefully there are enough people who care about the history, and they can rebuild history. I love these quaint areas in a city. I always look for them , and that is where we like to eat and relax.  I just remember how friendly everyone was. Adn I did get to see the falcons

I am so glad the falcons  are O.K. sorry, my first thought was the falcons.

I am hoping the community will get behind these businesses.

thanks for checking RCF.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2018, 12:56 »
Realized as I was tweeting updates that I hadn't included an update on McKenzie Seeds about the fire - I have rectified that with a mea culpa ...

https://twitter.com/mbperegrines/status/1002971949415501826

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2018, 10:23 »
Any updates? ???

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2018, 12:33 »
Any updates? ???

Haven't heard anything from RCF nor a couple of our other local spotters.  RCF would recognize the signs of hatching even at a distance while some of our other spotters might not.  Haven't had any reports that there might be problems so fingers crossed.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2018, 14:39 »
Any updates? ???

Haven't heard anything from RCF nor a couple of our other local spotters.  RCF would recognize the signs of hatching even at a distance while some of our other spotters might not.  Haven't had any reports that there might be problems so fingers crossed.

Talons crossed.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #43 on: June 14, 2018, 17:01 »
https://twitter.com/mbperegrines/status/1006561658511265792

RCF sent her note on the 12th but my spam filter ate it  :o :-X ::)

She will let us know when she sees a change in Hurricane's and Sol's behaviour that would indicate chicks have arrived.  Always tougher to determine the start of incubation and hatching from the ground but RCF knows these birds and what to look for!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2018 / Sol & Hurricane
« Reply #44 on: June 18, 2018, 17:14 »
I know some of you have been waiting for an update on the McKenzie Falcons, so here goes.

I haven't seen a food delivery to the nest yet so I don't know for sure if they have any hatches. That doesn't mean they don't...I just haven't seen anything. 

 I can tell you that most every morning around 6:30 a.m. Hurricane has been on the tower or on a light preening or napping with a full crop, Sol in the box of course.  I didn't see her this morning and it seems Sol has been hanging out lately where I can see him. He hides somewhere and I can't find him.

I stopped by there yesterday before shopping and Sol was on the tower, Hurricane in the nest. I came back an hour later and saw that Hurricane was eating a pigeon on the north west corner of the building.  She never ate the whole thing and stuffed it in the gutter and went back to the nest box.  So that makes me think there is or are hatches. Usually she would not go back as quick and would let Sol incubate for much longer. That's all I can tell you for now.
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