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Dave McCullough

 

Stacks of firewood are being depleted in Grand Lake Stream and all over Maine. For many of those who have lived in Washington County for extended periods say it has been a long time since we have experienced such a cold spell. Planning for a heating system for your home is essential and our place on Tough End Road has three systems. First we have the traditional oil fired hot air system, then a wood heating stove and more recently a Fujitsu heat pump system. The surprise came this year when we turned off the oil burner and burned very little wood but set the heat pump do its job!  Very pleased that the below zero temps did not keep the heat pump from keeping the home warm.  We just reconfirmed this in the past few days. The other special benefit of the heat pump was the air conditioning which can be helpful during the hottest summer days. Although this winter has been unusually cold, make every effort to be prepared with the fuels you use to keep your home warm and comfortable.

The snowmobile trails had a nice base that had been groomed and with more snow this week and fresh grooming following this will be the perfect weekend to take a trip to Grand Lake Stream. The Pine Tree Store is open 7 days a week now with gasoline, food and other supplies. 

Have you taken the time this winter to put up a bird feeder?  Here is some info I recovered from the IF&W website (has been modified).  Wildlife watching is a popular pastime in Maine, and contributes nearly $800 million to the state’s economy every year. Most wildlife watching can be done close to home and doesn’t require any special equipment, other than perhaps a pair of binoculars (or a spotting scope if you’re a serious birder!). Our state is blessed with many species that are easily found and tend to be quite visible.  But what about some of our more reclusive species? Have you ever seen a fisher, bobcat, or otter? What about a black bear, or a saw-whet owl? While it’s possible to view any of these species with enough time and effort, trail cameras can give us a glimpse into their lives that’s hard to duplicate with any other method. (On your next snowmobile ride take a field camera and set it up. My experiences have been very enjoyable to view the wildlife in our area.)

Wildlife biologists have been using trail cameras as part of their work for many years, but they are also an amazing tool for anyone who is interested in learning more about Maine’s wildlife and their behaviors. Modern trail cameras (many are available for $100 or less) record and store full-color images and video, can work for several months on a single set of batteries, and function perfectly in all weather conditions. When set on a wildlife trail, crossing, or near abundant natural foods (be sure to comply with laws related to the use of trail cameras on private land), it’s common to be rewarded with dozens of photos and video clips of a host of different species. Trail cameras are also a great way to help get kids excited about the outdoors, as they help decide where to set the camera and review the images afterwards. Send in a report of your experience with a field camera to the Advertiser column so it can be shared with our extensive readers.

Have a great week:  Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough at 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com