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Birds Hill Campground, in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Birds Hill Campground, in Winnipeg, Manitoba

A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week at Winnipeg, Manitoba, mainly relaxing and working. I did spend a day driving to Morden to see the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, well worth the time. For our story this time, we'll explore some consequences of coupling our discussion about scientific explanation with that about intentionality.

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Id Flights_GFT_2017_0905
Title Birds Hill Campground, in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Winnipeg, Manitoba, Birds Hill Campground, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-10-21

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arrived 2017/9/5
Day of Tour 45
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2017/9/12
Map miles from last stop 335
Mileage on arrival 21,792
Actual miles from last stop 468
Accumulated miles for trip 4,887

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I spent a week at Winnipeg, Manitoba, mainly relaxing and working. I did spend a day driving to Morden to see the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, well worth the time, despite its location in the hinterlands.

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Birds Hill Campground

This is a large camping area that is a small part of a very large public park. The camp sites were arranged in a configuration that I have not seen elsewhere: they branched out like a candelabra into an array of circles, each large enough for five or six RVs around the rim. Unlike standard arrangements, this meant that I didn't have to look out my front door onto my neighbor's sewer and other utilities. Instead I looked upon a private little, wood-encircled picnic area.

There was a price to pay for this privacy: the utilities were all installed on the outer rim of the circle, the passenger or front-door side of the RV. This meant running water and sewer lines from the front under the coach to the hookups. So I had my utilities running across my own front yard. I personally don't spend a lot of time lounging in the front yard in campgrounds, but this might be a minor annoyance for those that do.

Because the campground is part of a larger park, the walking opportunities were ample. At the end of one of my walks I was rewarded with a peaceful encounter with a doe and fawn, who quietly obliged me with a photo op.

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Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
The Phoenix at Birds Hill Campground
Birds Hill Campground
The Phoenix at Birds Hill Campground
Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground (enhanced)
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground
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Mosasaur Clidastes.
Deer at Birds Hill Campground (enhanced)
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Birds Hill Campground
Address Manitoba Conservation
Birds Hill District Office
Box 183, R.R. #2 Dugald, Manitoba
R0E 0K0
Home Page https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/ popular_parks/central/birds_info.html
Phone (204) 654-6730 (weekdays)
Associations none
Rate (net US$) 27.26
Pros
  • Unique and convenient configuration of sites in circles
  • Good seclusion and privacy
Cons
  • Circular configuration required running utilities to "wrong" side of trailer
Reviews (as of 2018/1/27)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 8.1 (Good) 10
Good Sam n/a 10
KOA n/a  
Tripadvisor n/a 5
Phoenix 9 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 8 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiPhoenix 8 10

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

The Canadian Fossil Discovery CentreWikipedia is located in the little town of Morden, about an hour and a half from Winnepeg, another of Canada's rural gems for fossil-lovers. It's not big, not in space (it's set in a basement of a building that supports many community activities, nor in the size of the fossil collection. But quality outshines quantity here. Most of the specimens are local, from the Cretaceous Period, and that means marine animals, since that part of Manitoba was then covered by an inland sea, and that includes one of the largest mosasaur fossils in any museum anywhere.

[I am in the process of migrating the photos in this gallery into a more comprehensive collection that will let you view photos of fossils from many different museums by age and by type. The coding for that new approach is taking much longer than I expected (as usual), so for the time being I leave this gallery in place.]

Photo Gallery for Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Began MYA Eon Era Period
541 Phanerozoic
252   Mesozoic
  Triassic
201 Jurassic
145 Cretaceous
Cretaceous.
Allosaurus.
Jurassic Period (~150 MYA)
Cretaceous.
Allosaurus.
Jurassic Period (~150 MYA) (Click for larger photo.)
Cretaceous.
Allosaurus.
Jurassic Period (~150 MYA) (Click for larger photo.)
Began MYA Eon Era Period
541 Phanerozoic
252   Mesozoic
201   Jurassic
145 Cretaceous
66 Cenozoic
  Paleogene
Mosasaur Clidastes.
Tyrannosaurus Rex. (cast)
Cretaceous Period (~65 MYA)
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Hesperornix regalis.
Hesperornix regalis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Hesperornix regalis.
Hesperornix regalis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Pachyrhizodus.
Pachyrhizodus.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Pachyrhizodus.
Pachyrhizodus.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Pachyrhizodus.
Pachyrhizodus.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Plesiosaur. Styxosaurus snowii.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Plesiosaur. Trinacromerum.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Squid.
Squid.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Squid.
Squid.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Xiphactinus.
Xiphactinus.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Xiphactinus.
Xiphactinus.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Mosasaur.
Mosasaur.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur.
Mosasaur.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur.
Mosasaur.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur.
Mosasaur.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur Clidaste.
Mosasaur. Clidaste.
Cretaceous Period (~85 MYA)
Mosasaur Clidastes.
Mosasaur. Clidaste.
Cretaceous Period (~85 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>.
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
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Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>.
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>.
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Note the "Alien"-style inner jaw for drawing prey down throat!
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Note the "Alien"-style inner jaw for drawing prey down throat!
(Click for larger photo.)
Mosasaur. <em>Tylosaurus pembinensis.</em>
Mosasaur. Tylosaurus pembinensis.
Cretaceous Period (~80 MYA)
Note the "Alien"-style inner jaw for drawing prey down throat!
(Click for larger photo.)

Onward

After leaving Winnipeg, I returned to the States, stopping for a few days at Devils Lake, North Dakota.

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