Photo courtesy of Diane Winn

Photo courtesy of Diane Winn

Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center Talk Concludes Winter Wildlife Series

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30pm Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library conclude their free winter evening programs series, “Wildlife Conservation in Maine” in Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. The April 22nd talk will be Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center presented by executive director and bird rehabilitator Diane Winn.

Avian Haven is one of the largest wild bird rehabilitation practices in New England, having treated more than 12,000 birds since 1999. 2012 was a record year: 1,571 birds from 124 species, from hummingbirds to bald eagles. The facility provides comprehensive medical care in a modern, well-equipped clinic, and rehabilitation in an environment designed to simulate natural conditions in specially-designed buildings, including a new “Pool Hall” for aquatic birds. They provide research and education to other wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife professionals on a local, state and national level, and opportunities for enhanced awareness and education to the general public and educational institutions.

Executive Director Diane Winn has been an avian rehabilitator since 1997. She and Marc Payne incorporated Avian Haven as a nonprofit organization in 1999. She has given numerous conference presentations and has published several articles on various aspects of rehabilitation. Earlier in her career, Diane was a Professor of Psychology at Colby College.

The talk is free and open to the public. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine. For more information email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com, or call Corliss Davis at 207-930-3562.

Photo courtesy of Diane Winn

Photo courtesy of Diane Winn

The Belfast Garden Club awards two scholarships annually.  Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

Founded in 1929, the Belfast Garden Club has promoted the beautification of Belfast through educational talks, garden tours, the annual Plant Sale in May, donations of books to local libraries and scholarships.  Recipients of 2013 scholarships were Alexis Morse of Unity who is attending the University of New England studying biology and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is also studying biology at Husson University.

Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at belfastgardenclub@gmail.comwww.belfastgardenclub.org, or write to the Belfast Garden Club, P. O. Box 987, Belfast, Maine 04915.  Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Belfast Garden Club members showed support for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Program by donating instructive books to the Reentry Center’s library on growing vegetables and preparing nutritious meals after harvesting the bountiful food.  Club members gave books from their personal collections and purchased new books for the project.  The books will be available to residents at the Reentry Center’s library in Belfast to assist them in learning gardening techniques for northern climate gardens, general good gardening principles, and using the produce in the kitchen to make healthy meals.