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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The next Select Board Meetings will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2 018 and Saturday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Cooper office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The next office hours are scheduled on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 and Thursday, February 15th, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 pm.       

Our local bird watcher and counter, Karen Holmes, participated in the Christmas Bird Count, known as the CBC, on December 30, 2017. Birders were counting species and numbers of birds in a circular area with Ayers Junction in Pembroke as the center.  This included the east side of Cathance lake and some parts of Meddybemps and Charlotte.  Karen concentrated on the East Ridge Road towards Dennysville for a Cooper contribution.  Karen identified and counted the following birds:  2 common redpolls, 2 mourning doves, 1 purple finch, 2 red-breasted nuthatches, 1 downy woodpecker, 1 bald eagle, 30 crows, 3 ravens, 3 hairy woodpeckers, 6 black-capped chickadees, 6 pine siskins, 12 goldfinches, 8 tree sparrows, 36 juncos, 11 starlings, 10 blue jays for a total of 123 birds.  The cold weather keeps the birds moving continuously between food sources while conserving energy.  Karen’s search involved many hours and driving over fifty miles.  She would normally have parked and walked down logging roads into the woods but the cold temperatures and potential frost bite on that day kept her counting from the warmth of her vehicle.  Karen has been participating in this count since 2011 and really enjoys gathering this data for the CBC.  She provided past CBC count outcomes to compare to this year as follows:  2011 she found 14 species and counted 70 birds; in 2012 there were 29 species and 340 birds counted; 2013 resulted in 21 species and 139 birds; 2014 resulted in 15 species and 106 birds; in 2015 there were 17 species and 138 birds; and in 2016 she identified 11 species and 137 birds.  During each count, she also records the weather conditions including temperatures, snow and ice levels to see how the data compares from year to year.  Thanks for representing Cooper in this endeavor Karen Holmes.

Anyone who reads my column may have guessed that I am a lover of the moon and different celestial phenomena.  We have a very rare phenomenal opportunity to view a special event on January 31, 2018 - a Super Blue Blood Moon.  This event includes three phenomena at the time including a blue moon, a massive super moon, and a total lunar eclipse.  The moon will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.  A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to the earth.  It is called a blue moon because it’s the second full moon of this month but has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon. It will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, also called a blood moon occurring when the Earth sits between the sun and the moon forcing sunlight to pass through the Earth’s atmosphere. According to NASA, this has not occurred for 150 years and the last total eclipse of a blue moon was in 1866.  Unlike a solar eclipse it is safe to look directly at the super blue blood moon. Don’t miss viewing this beautiful event.