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Dave McCullough

Finally some moisture! I talked with Les at the store recently about the conditions in the Grand Lake area and his words were “it is almost like August with dusty roads and very dry conditions”. Let’s continue to hope the forecast for moisture is realized. On the very positive side the stream is running at an easy level for fishing and reports say that not only is the fishing good but so is the “catching”.

From a recent report from IF&W Warden Brad Richards assisted in a small fire in Crawford. The outside is so dry that it doesn’t take much for a fire to start. Thanks Brad for all you do in your territory!

A tale from our friend the Hermit: “Time before time was reckoned an obscure event occurred as important historically significant as any to man’s progress.  A cave dwelling family was gathered around a fire eating their supper when a wounded, emaciated she wolf drawn by the food scent entered and collapsed.  Before dying she was delivered of 4 pups.  So began the saga of man’s best friend.

‘Today the roles, jobs and service our canine companions provide continue to expand.  Here is a list of some and I’m sure you can think of more:  Drug and bomb explosive I.D., tracking and search and rescue, sled dog hauling and racing, animal herding, seeing eye, seizure altering, K-9 police and military assistance and support, hospital and military rehabilitation, personal protection, comfort and companionship and mascot duty.

‘Dogs are the subject of great books, movies and legends. What other of God’s creation is more protective, loyal, forgiving and loving than “canis familiaris” the domestic dog.

Dumb dog – dumb animals – “I don’t think so”!  Look at the best – how many of those jobs could you master?  Me, I can’t think of any I’d be good at.  Remember the maxim – “want a friend? – get a dog”.  Aren’t you glad you did?”

Two things you probably didn’t know about gray squirrels. By Wildlife Biologist Joe Wiley

You can learn a lot about wildlife by just being still and observant. While sitting on my front porch on a warm day in late March, I noticed four gray squirrels in the ancient sugar maple tree in the yard. The squirrels were doing usual springtime squirrel stuff, mostly courtship chasing. Then, I noticed one of the squirrels was very interested in the swollen base of branch stubs on the main trunk of the maple. Using my binoculars, I could see the squirrel licking a light colored spot on the branch stub. It was licking maple sap from a small wound that it had chewed on the stub. As I scanned the rest of the tree I saw about 8 more small wounds like the one in the picture below. Apparently squirrels like maple sap as much as we humans do and can tap trees in their own way.

Several weeks later, I was raking the lawn and noticed hundreds of reddish maple twigs that were 5 to 6 inches long under the silver maple next to the sugar maple. I picked several of these up and noticed that they were all neatly clipped at a 45 degree angle by the squirrels.

Apparently, the squirrels clipped the branches then ate the buds off the twigs on the ground. I never observed them doing this, but did see one in the tree eating buds at the end of a slender branch with some difficulty. Apparently, they found clipping them off and then eating the swollen buds on the ground easier than getting them on the tree. Who knew?  Now if we could just get them to take care of the twigs and leaves left on the lawn they would be a more popular rodent!

 

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