Collington is blessed with a large campus much of which is forest, wild and cultivated bushes, shrubs, a large open field, ponds, and streams. In other words, a unique parkland in a metropolitan area. The wildlife and especially bird life is abundant.
Early September 2020, Joe Howard suggested to Mike Burke that we should establish an informal “Bird Discussion Group” by e-mail. Mike, who is a bird expert, agreed and a new group was enthusiastically formed on the “Collington Discussion Group” with a membership now over 40 residents.
(Photo by Bud Gardiner)
Mike and Anne Chase have collaborated on a survey asking members about their interests. Following is a selected brief summary.
Over four-fifths of the group expressed interest in (1) learning to identify birds (2) learning about bird behavior and (3) improving their understanding of the natural world.
Backyard birders favored three items: (1) learn which plants birds love (2) learn what bird food attracts each species (3) learn how to deal with unwanted guests.
Most were interested in birding locations within 30 minutes of Collington, and in locations in the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia area.
Also of interest was information regarding birding websites, birding apps, and bird ID guides.
Stay tuned for future lectures, movies, campus bird walks and posts regarding bird facts and interesting sitings here at Collington.
Dennis and Sue Evans seem to be enjoying one of the new paddleboats on the Collington Lake.
Collington now has 2 paddleboats. They are available Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 until 3 PM. Only 1-2 people are allowed per boat at a time. Sign up with Ebony Jordan, Wellness Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 2254. She will also give guidance on using the paddleboats.
After the enforced hiatus to our monthly meetings the group was finally allowed to meet outdoors in the courtyard. Fortunately, the number was kept at exactly ten and an active discourse progressed, albeit through voices muffled by masks. It turns out that few of us enjoyed reading The Vexations,by Caitlin Horrocks, the book chosen for this session.Nonetheless, Ann Carlson lead us through an interesting discussion on the “vexations” engendered in the readers by the author, a discussion that amply shows, again, the value of our book club.
Hopefully, we will be able to resume full activity by our next meeting, scheduled for July 15. The book chosen for that session is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. The meeting is open to ALL. Even if you choose not to read the book you’ll find the discussion interesting.
Or more background on the Booker and Beyond Book Club, click here.
Collingtonians are keeping busy despite the corona crisis. Here you can see us doing all kinds of useful things: walking our dogs, planting veggies and flowers, doing outdoor yoga to keep centered and connected, and preparing carry-out orders in the Country Store.