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Christmas has come and gone, spring‘s“supposedly just around the corner, North America's

" VALLETVIsrAs column, Brandon Sun, March a, 1&972

annuafl Christmas bird count has just been tabulated. Although this fascinatinginternatioualfi census is now entering its 72nd year WesteMan's involvement with it is-of shorter duration."

The concept of taking a continental bird count in mid-winter originated in 1900 with the late Dr. Frank M. Chapman-on American Museum of Natural History, editor of Bird Lore, 'now‘ Audubon_Magezine. Thai year'25 counts were made with 27 persons participating. By 19d8 some 853 groups from every state and province carried out observations in their home districts while. thé‘leétest'dhristmas count included 903 reports...

Manitoba first got into the act in L925 with 16 Winnipegers and three ruralresidentete~ king bird counts in their‘areasn The sole West-Man recorder then was'R.D. Bird of Birtle.

ihe Natural HistOry Society of Manitobe.supervised censuses from 1925 to 1986; afterEilapse“ of 10 years theSe resumed in 1947 and have continued sinceu H.W.R. (Herb) Copland of that;

society is Manitoba‘s chief compiler while Riding Mountain National Park's, naturaliSt Rob:

Walker assists with organizing western Manitoba° My own involvement has'been on minor scale having participated only in the 1969 and 1971 counts; '

'”'Of the 25 Manitoba sample survey areas in the l971 bird census l2 were located -in WoetLJ

Man. These Were: Brandon, Deleau, Douglas, Glenora, Hartney, Laurier, Lyleton, Minhedosa5fl

oak Lake, Reston, Riding Mountain Park, Sourisi Often‘a.local organization,interestedjjinae.

ture and wildlife assists with the count. For example, Minnedosafis l969.count wasundertaken by the local Horticultural'Society with out-going provincial president Stan Guginillcharge.’ Briefly, a count procedure consists of dividing up the sample areas—ourS'was.a circle of. 15imile diameter with'Minnedosa.as huba—amongrroving counters, and selectingstationarybird feeder observers throughout-this area. A single day is selected between Dec. 25 ‘anu.Jan; 2 (same day for everyone of a particular sample area) and as;many birds.as possible counted,' identified, recorded that day..Weather conditions, snow depth, etc. are all carefully noted ahd'the-Natural History Society estimates winter bird populations from this. The MinnedOBa group recorded 13554 birds-of Zoéspe‘ciese _ ' " _ ”‘ Aside irom numerous house sparrows the 12~most common West—Man winter birds thisyearwsre evening and pine grosbeaKSg snow buntings, common redpolls, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse, gray (Hungarian) partridges, hairy and downy woodpeckers, blue—jays, magpies, chickedeesm Three particularly large groups,of observers helped with the Manitoba bird census this winter: Winnipeg with 36, Minnedosa with 25, Pinowa.with 2]. Aside from the littlewoman(she is literally that) and me Minnedosals_census takers were: B. Baker, K. Bruce, S. Cummins,p B“, S. and F. Gugin, and l.=Harrison,-I. Hagenson, B. Hooper, E. Horner, B. Kingdon, the DnA. McNabbs; Mo'McNabb, E. and M. Macdonald, M. McDonald, L. McMillan, A. McNahb, H, omen, Mn Steingard, D. Wishart. , _ ; An unusual Minnedosa recording was that of four American goldfinches seenbythe D.A. Mc- Nabbs. As:this:0ameron district farm couple had also identified some several years ago and net with considerable skepticism (Who expects wild canaries in Manitoba at Christmas?) , I

Kasked Mr. popland's opinion of this phenomenon and he wrote: Hit is unusual torindAMerican .3pldfiinchefi_present during the winter, Last year a group of “4 were seen almdst fiddily~at a

iarm about to miles west of Brandonu Mrso Barbara.Robinson ongrandOn saw them othhreeloc-

“nasions in January. On March 11, David Hatch of Oak Lake also-saw the group." Astforime,.l'm tgoing right out to plant a banana tree. _ n :"r: m1 ~Eighteen of Minnedosa Wildlife.ASSociation’s wild turkeys were sighted on our count day.

Mr. Copland's comment to this was: "I am aware wild turkeys have been introduced tozanumber

“oi,areasxin Manitobal About three,yesrs ago I new a few in the Turtle Mountains, south of

iBoissevain. On Dec._22, David Hatch and I'saw Six about three miles west on Miami." ,A_single bird recorded here not seen hy'any other-Manitoba observers was a screech ‘owl while other unusual ones for this-particular winter's count were a goshaWk,lspruce' grouse,

“northern shrike, snowy owl, great horned owl. The Souris group saw two Canada geese “and a Amallerd on an open portion of river below'the dam while 14 Canada geese and “Smallardswere

,seen at Delta. 1r.

' 37. TOWN PLANNING SCHEMES‘ ‘REFLECTIONS editorial column, Minnedosa Tribune, Mar.9/72

",Hiast week I attended a publicimeoting in_Lorndale”COmmunity Hall whereMinnedosaDismrict

aplanning,scheme 197i was explained as.it applies to‘Odanah. Outlining the plan were previnu - cial.cp~ordinator Allan fihier.and Reeve.Anderson while councillors East, Galen, Johnson and

planning commission representatives Fred Charles andey Grawford helped ansWerquestions.It

'xwas obvious the;50 persons present hadn’t come out of idle curiosity. . I -

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