One or the categories in the Communities in Bloom competition is "Community Involvement" …
This year, Bradford West Gwillimbury is competing against Brockville, among other communities. Brockville has a tree inventory, Bradford West Gwillimbury doesn't have a tree inventory, but thanks to the York-Simcoe Naturalists Club, which meets monthly at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, the Town does have a Christmas Bird Count.
I contacted the Naturalists to see if they would be willing to share their bird information with the Communities in Bloom Committee, and was given Peter Wukasch's phone number. Peter, as you may know, writes a column for The Times, "A Naturalist's View." Peter was delighted when I explained why I was calling, and what I was looking for. He invited me straight away to come to his place to pick up copies of everything.
While I was there, He mentioned that we should have more birdhouses. I am involved with the Community Living Association in Bradford (C.L.A.S.S.), and thought that some of the clients might be interested in building the birdhouses, as part of the Communities in Bloom effort. C.L.A.S.S. happily agreed to assemble and paint the houses, which will be hung at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area.
Other groups within the community have become involved in the construction of new homes for our feathered friends. Spence TIM-BR Mart donated the lumber for 12 birdhouses, plus all the nails and screws. G.H. Gilbertson. Contracting cut the lumber with precision, and drilled the holes. Bradford Home Hardware and Benjamin Moore Paints donated latex paint and brushes. Loony Lizard donated a hammer and a multi-head screwdriver. Bradford Public Works has agreed to assist in hanging the birdhouses with their banding machine, so that the trees will not be damaged. Rhonda's Folk Art Studio will donate an hour to teach C.L.A.S.S. some folk art strokes.
Truly a community venture... If you would like to donate latex paint or building materials to construct additional birdhouses, the Bradford & District Chamber of Commerce has agreed to donate the space for the collection. Please drop off birdhouse materials at the Chamber office, located in the Ingoglia's Food Centre Plaza, 118 Holland St. East, during regular business hours.
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