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blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

Associated People Paul Dest

It was a blow, that message last Friday.

  • From: Paul Dest
  • To: All Staff
  • Sent: Fri 2/5/2016 11:05 AM

We have lost a committed conservationist, a lover of birds and of all things wild, a master bird-bander and masterful birder, an excellent teacher and an enthusiastic life-long learner, and one the greatest friends one could ever have.

June lived an extraordinary life — 91 years of active and engaged living. Her presence will continue to be felt here for years to come.

Master bird bander June Ficker holds a northern waterthrush during a demonstration at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

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It's a 20-year tradition: In each season of every year since 1989, birders from the York County Audubon Society have scoured the forests and fields, marshes and beach of the Wells Reserve, intent on counting all the birds they can see or hear in 3 hours. Teams spread out to cover four routes, never knowing what they'll encounter.

Wild Turkey displayingAt yesterday's post-survey compilation, it was clear that the Muskie and Pilger trails were the hot spot. That's where most of the 127 warblers of 15 species were found.

Survey coordinator Joanne Stevens and data handler Nancy McReel have shared the full results from one of the birdiest quarterly surveys the Audubon team has done—75 species.…

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