Tim Chitwood: Learn how to band a hummer

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 16, 2014 

The spirit sun is stronger, and a new day is dawning for us all, and it's Monday Mail.

Hummingbird

Today's opening is from the song "Hummingbird" by Seals And Crofts.

Daylight

It is now Feb. 17, so if you've had about enough winter already, take heart.

St. Patrick's Day now is just a month away, and Daylight Saving Time is even nearer, arriving March 9.

Spring, as noted here previously, officially arrives with the vernal equinox at 12:57 p.m. March 20.

So keep counting down the days, and soon this wild winter will be over.

And a wild spring will take its place, probably.

Hummer

Speaking of hummingbirds, again, here's an email about an upcoming program at the environmental learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road:

Tim,

The Columbus Audubon Society will present a program Thursday about Southeastern Hummingbirds. It is a free program, open to the public, and will start at 7 p.m., at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Fred Bassett, a licensed hummingbird Bander, will present a program about these beautiful birds, share stories about banding birds from Florida to Alaska, and the importance of tracking them through banding activities during spring and fall migration.

Priscilla.

Dear Pris:

So does everyone get a hummer or just the guy who's doing the program? And how do you get a license for that?

Collector

As this is the only Monday Mail published before the event, here's a note from the Pine Mountain Trail Association regarding Sunday's column on this coming Saturday's roadside cleanup at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.

The association needs about 150 volunteers to gather at 9 a.m. at the park office on Georgia 190 before deploying along the roads to pick up trash:

Tim,

Three words sum it up: "You done good."

Thanks ever so much for the fine column today that will help spread the word on our work day next Saturday.

Already got one email with a couple who are trail runners wanting to help after they saw the paper.

Regards,

Jim Hall.

Dear Jim:

Thank you for your cooperation in getting me the information for that.

The column neglected to mention that you will have signs saying it's a volunteer cleanup, so participants needn't worry that while they're wearing safety vests and collecting trash, passersby may think they've been sentenced to perform public service.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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