Brought to you by the kind people
at Vinalhaven Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Thanks - Thanks to the volunteers who came out on a chilly Saturday morning (4/8) to help tidy up the Basin. Volunteering is a great way to give back to places we all love.
Butterfly – Mourning Cloak (4/11)
Lane’s Island (3/30) – man do we love lane’s. Here are three things I saw out at lanes on the night of march 30th – (1) found this dead deer when heading into a patch of woods to look for pellets. I get the head! –
(3) And at dusk this lone male American Woodcock was flight displaying over the fields. Easily viewed from the picnic table by the graveyard. Lane’s is the place to enjoy the spring ritual known as “Woodcocking!”.
|woodcock in flight|
|vintage vole poop|
31 Reach Road – (3/30) small group of White-winged Crossbills chipped and flew overhead and at dusk a Saw-whet Owl was heard beeping in the woods not too far off.
photo by Amy Palmer
|this guillemot is pooping|
|purple sandpipers on bull rock|
|deep kicks, small slide|
|must not have been slidey that day|
|trails across the pond|
|he's digging the amphibians|
These frogs and salamanders are actually being “borrowed” for educational purposes and will be returned to wild when we are done. No breeding for them this year, which feels like the ultimate “block” (sorry dudes). But the kids love it – already the 1st, 2nd and 8th graders at St. George School have held these guys. They will soon be making their way to Vinalhaven, Frenchboro and beyond! Thank you amphibians!
|MCHT steward Caleb Jackson and treasure|
Anyway, all the kids smelled the urine which was fun. I mentioned this to a co-worker of mine who immediately said that it “wasn’t impressive” since “kids love to smell bad things” and will line up to smell the worst of anything. I hadn’t thought about it before, but I guess she’s right. But I wasn’t trying to say it was impressive at all. I just thought it was cool that none of the kids had smelled fox urine when we started the walk (I asked!) and by the end they all had. When was the last time you smelled Fox urine? We would know if there were Fox on Vinalhaven! They are little stink bombs!
|ring necked ducks|
Looking sharp…not sure where he gets those genes from…
And a couple of videos to round things off…..hatchet work!
And reaching his goal of making 100 shots in an hour. His arms were dead by the end!
See you out there! If not before! We look forward to it!