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" Page 34 THE QUODDY TIDES 25 December, 2015 ii iili ii ii i i i i i i ii i i i ii i iiii ii i i i i ii iii i i i i i i i iii i i iilli i iiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiii!iiiii iiiiiiii ii i iiiiiiii iii i iii i i i i i i i i ii'iiiiliiiiiiiill iiiiiili ili! iiiii ilililililiiiiiiiii!il ! !i!:ii!iii !iiiiii] GEESE CROSS Leighton Point Road in Pembroke. They will probably be among those included in the Christmas Bird Count. (Fred Gralenski photo) Eastern Maine Conservation Initiative (EMCI) EMCI awards grants of $1,000 to $3,000 annually for academic or professional studies or endeavors in support of environmental sciences, wildlife conservation, cultural geography or historical research related to eastern Maine. EMCI has sup- ported archaeological, geological, ornithological, botanical and marine studies. It has also funded projects of local historical societies. Generally, in reviewing grant proposals, EMCI looks for a definition of the problem, a statement of a solution that would address the problem, the actions needed to achieve the solution, and how the applicant might work with other entities focused on the same area of interest. Budgetary details and methodology specifics would need to be spelled out. A report is expected. Inquiries may be addressed to the president of EMCI, George Herrick, at or tel. 401-841-8776. Please visit our website: Grants will be awarded in February 2016. EASTPORT HEALTH CARE INC. 30 Boynton Street Eastport, ME 04631 207-853-0189 Are you having difficulty paying for medical and dental care? Health Care can help. Depending on your income and family size, a sliding fee scale decides how much you and your family will pay for medical and dental services. What type of proof of income will you need to qualify: Most current payroll check stubs for one month Unemployment award letter Most current federal income tax return Social Security or SSI award letter or copy of check Call Deb Shields at 853-0189 or ask for a sliding fee application from our front desk staff at Eastport Health Care Inc. 30 Boynton Street, Eastporl, ME 04631 Emaih Equal opportunity employer and provider ............... THATS WHY PEOPLE TURN TO US. 26 Church St Calais 72 High St Eastport (207) 454-3141 (207) 853-4240 zmew.maysfm ralhome.ann Christmas Bird Count and bird feeding by Fred Gralenski seagulls, might be considered a nuisance, The 116th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) especially by your neighbors. Secondly, has started pretty quietly on December 14. predators are also attracted to feeders. This Unless you seriously consider yourself an is not necessarily bad, but try and be a uncountable bird, there is not much rea- little judicious in placement of feeders and son for concern. I couldn't find any pub- the cleanliness involved. Some people lished data on the number of casual bird complain that the blue jays are bullies, and counters in the USA, but there are appar- this is true with respect to the smaller birds ently 55 million people who feed the birds like chickadees. But the hairy woodpecker and spend about $3 billion annually to is top bird on the hanging feeder. On the fatten up the little critters so that us old ground, the 'beloved bird of peace', the counters can see them, even with our weak mourning dove, gives way only to the crow, eyes. Our Congress is also trying to help but bullies the blue jay and red squirrel. all of the industries associated with any Nature does have a pecking order. aspect of birding, like binoculars, career- For those of us who feed wild birds, it as, 500mm lenses, tripods, mobile blinds is generally noticed that this has been an and bird food. In spite of their busy sched- erratic season so far. The warm weather ule, our legislators have even decreed that and lack of snow, a pretty good cone crop February is National Bird Feeding Month. and a fantastic apple crop seemed to be They weren't completely sure of the re- the reasons that many birds this fall are percussions of this decision, so they se- not dedicated feeder visitors. I'm not sure lected the shortest month of the year. if the Montreal Express combined with a Here in the Quoddy region and almost wicked good blizzard would help or not. everywhere else, the CBC and the process Whatever the problems or not at the of bird feeding are pretty closely tied to- feeders, the area CBC will continue a long gether. Without bird feeders the common tradition. I am interested in learning some birds that we have here, like chickadees of the history of the Pembroke area CBC. and blue jays, would apt to be scattered This is an area comprised of a 15-mile throughout the forest and difficult to diameter circle with the central point at count, and bird feeders tend to concen- Ayers Junction. It used to be called the trate even the irruptive birds like gold- Calais Christmas Bird Count. We will meet finches and redpolls. There are a couple at the Pembroke Library on December 28 of potential downsides to the concentra- between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and contin- tion of birds at feeders that people should ue the bird counting tradition credited by be aware of. First, remember that some some to have been started by the 6th cen- diseases are spread more rapidly at feed- tury monk St. Serf of Fife. Whatever, keep ers. Some birds, like crows, geese and your bird feeders full. Healthy Trail Challenge starts in January Healthy Acadia and Downeast Coastal tire Healthy Trails Challenge by complet- Conservancy invite residents to discover ing five or more trails will be entered in the health benefits of outdoor recreation the drawing for the grand prize.- this winter. The Hancock/Washington Additional prize opportunities include County Healthy Trails Challenge, which the Healthy Trails Challenge Photo Con- begins Friday, January 1, is a fun and free test-- entrants who submit photos of their opportunity to get fit, get outdoors and adventures will be randomly selected to connect with nature while exploring the win a prize -- and the Healthy Trails Pur- trails and parks in Hancock and Washing- suit. "Explorers" eager for an additional ton counties, challenge may choose either the Wash- The Healthy Trails Challenge is a self- ington County or Hancock County Pursuit guided program designed for all fitness and select any of the 30 different activities levels that encourages participants to hike, listed. Participants who complete one of bike, cross-country ski. or snowshoe at three different levels will be entered in the least five trails between January 1 and grand prize drawing. April 1, 2016. For more information, please contact The first 60 registrants will receive a Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or free Healthy Trails Challenge gift packet. . For links to Every challenge participant who submits the Healthy Trails Challenge online regis- a completed trail log will be recognized tration packet, trail logs and other chal- on Healthy Acadia's Facebook page and lenge materials, visit Healthy Acadia's receive one entry in a raffle drawing for a website at or }rize. Participants who complete the en- FaceBook page. LAND SURVEYOR ROBERT G. COSTA GPS Mapping Boundary Line SurveysSoil Test Environmental Permits Mortgage Surveys Septic Design 953 South Meadow Road Perry, ME 04667 (207) 726-3914 T & G Cedar paneling available now. Call for pickup or delivery. Pembroke Lumber Company (207) 853-4419 5/4 eased edge cedar decking 4 x 4 cedar posts 2x4, 2x6 and 2x8 cedar Cedar shiplap Building a camp? Try our 5" x 5" natural round Log Cabin material. Call to receive a quote. Custom sawing