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Dave McCullough

 

Joanne Cannell from Indian Rock Camps sent a note saying that they would be available for meals during this fall and winter season by reservation. JoAnne presents a fine meal. She can be reached by phone at 796-2822 or at Indianrockcamp@gmail.com. Thanks JoAnne for offering another amenity available during the upcoming seasons.

Last Wednesday night, Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to welcome Maine Forest Entomologist, Allison Kanoti, for a presentation on forest insects of Maine.  Allison focused her talk on several invasive species of concern and other beneficial, native insects.  Thank you to Mrs. Kanoti for an excellent presentation!  DLLT hosts year-round education programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Downeast Lakes region.  Visit www.downeastlakes.org to see what’s happening next!  (? Answers 1.T, 2.T, 3.F)

Did you ever wonder where Maine’s great blue herons go in the winter?  You are about to find out!  This spring, biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) tagged five adult great blue herons with GPS transmitters as part of an ongoing effort to better understand the State’s great blue heron population.  The great blue heron tagged in Palmyra and named “Nokomis” just showed up in Haiti on October 20th, and anyone can watch to see if she remains there for the winter and if she returns to Palmyra in the spring.  The transmitters that the herons are wearing as a backpack represent the cutting edge of telemetry technology and transmit GPS locations via the cell phone network to an open source website (www.movebank.org).    By following a few simple instructions, anyone with a computer or smartphone can go online and view the birds’ movements on an interactive map on the internet or through a free App called Animal Tracker.  Users can also download all or portions of the data to view in Google Earth, Excel, or ArcGIS.

After watching the birds move amongst local wetlands for four months, we observed the southward migration of “Sedgey” to Florida during Tropical Storm Hermine.  He first stopped in Massachusetts before doing a 29-hr nonstop flight to southern Georgia.  He then more leisurely made his way to an agricultural area just north of Lake Okeechobee in Florida, where he has been since September 6th.

A few weeks later on September 23rd, Cornelia embarked on her journey to North Carolina.  She did not do a marathon flight like Sedgey, and instead stopped every few hours to spend 3-7 hours in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  She then went on to Virginia, which was where we initially thought she might settle for the winter, but after a few days she moved again, this time into North Carolina.

For more information on the Heron Tracking Project, including how to follow the great blue herons once they are tagged and resources for educators interested in using the data in their classrooms, visit http://www.maine.gov/wordpress/ifwheron/tracking-project/.

Hello Everyone, as you might remember in 2014 the Grand Lake Stream Guide’s Association and the Save the St. Croix Fishery had raffled off a house with one acre of land in Grand Lake Stream. Congratulations to the winner.
Well this year the Guides and the St. Croix Fishery are Raffling off a piece of land/ Building Lot on Black Cat Point in Princeton, Maine. Waterfront property, 3.22 acres on Grand Falls Flowage, Valued at $44,000.00. There will be a maximum of 2000 tickets sold at $50.00 each. Retail value of the property is $44,000. For additional info  go to: www.savethestcroixfishery.orgThanks John A. for sharing this info.

New countertops and sink in the Schoolhouse kitchen!  Looks great...thanks to the town, the Women to Women and Eric Bailey!  Busy times coming up for our little town.  Saturday November 5th, a group will be going to the Craft Fair in Woodland.  Anyone interested...be at the Schoolhouse at 8:15 to carpool.   Next, remember the Historical Society Bake Sale on November 8th...10 to 4.  Don’t forget to come vote and get some goodies!  The Wreath

Laying at the Grand Lake Stream Cemetary is Friday,  November 11.  Also the Downeast Lakes Land Trust Holiday Event will be Sunday, November 27 from 1 to 4.  And the Women to Women will host their annual Christmas Party on December 5th at 10.  Everyone welcome.  So folks!  Mark your calendars! More information will be available as the season progresses.  Oh and most importantly...

The Exercise Group will be meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 starting November 9th!  Join us to shape for winter in Grand Lake Stream!

Historical Society’s Annual Election Day Bake Sale and Hot Dog Luncheon. This takes place on Election Day at the schoolhouse from 10-4. There will be raffles, door prizes and articles for sale to start your Christmas shopping. Come vote and buy supper at the same time.

Have yourself another great week!

Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough. 207-839-4205 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.