Lake Erie Bird Club hears program on tree growth rings

Twenty-eight members attended the recent meeting of the Lake Erie Bird Club conducted by John Ruska. Members shared recent bird sightings especially all of the many ducks, gulls and Bald Eagles around the Dunkirk Harbor. Bird club members as well as many birders from around the area continue to visit the Harbor to watch and photograph the tremendous and amazing concentration of birds. Other birds reported included Snowy Owl, Turkey Vulture and Wild Turkeys.

Richard Mirth presented the very interesting program for the evening on his special interest in counting tree growth rings. He explained that his interest in trees began when he was young. He grew up on a farm and his grandmother identified trees in the woods for him. His interest in trees continued and he became fascinated with studying tree growth rings. He brought many cross-sections of a variety of tree trunks to show the distinct rings and explain how he counts the rings to age the tree. He marks years and significant historical events on each piece of the trunk. Club members enjoyed looking at all of the trunk pieces he passed around and appreciated his fascinating program. Joanne and Tom Goetz provided the refreshments for the meeting.

The next meeting of the Lake Erie Bird Club is on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. John and Beverly Ruska will present the program on the Eastern Bluebird and Purple Martin. For more information about the club please call Goetz at 673-1627.