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Turkey vultures | Keeseville Column

I managed to see the sendoff of the World War Two Veterans on May 17th from the Plattsburgh Airport. It was a very moving experience. My congratulations and appreciation to the North Country Honor Flight for running such a fantastic operation for such deserving veterans.

My congratulations for all the college graduates from this past week – best of luck to your futures.

As many of you know, one of the things I love the most about living in Keeseville is all the wildlife that we have all around us. This past week my girlfriend and I got to see two huge turkey vultures perched in the trees across the street from our house.

Every day, we watch the two ospreys flying around their nest on top of the electric pole right next to Exit 34. I love my morning commute to work running along the Ausable River and then Lake Champlain. There are two pairs of Canadian geese that are swimming around the Ausable River spill off marsh next to the Ausable campground and Pray’s Market.

Before too long, I’m sure the two pairs will have some little fluff balls swimming around them. I haven’t been to Wickham Marsh to see if any Canadian geese are roosting or the spectacular white hawk that soars around the back end of the marsh. Not as many ducks on the Lake’s edge yet this year but I’m sure more will be coming in soon before the molting season.

I have a cute little chipmunk scampering around my shed.My squirrels are behaving and leaving my bird feeder alone while they run around my backyard. It is amazing all the wildlife that we have all around us, we only have to sit still and open our eyes.

I have noticed on my morning commute more garbage on the side of the road that usual. Please keep our community beautiful and throw out garbage in the proper receptacles. My son and I occasionally have quality father/son time by wearing gloves and walking around our neighborhood with an empty garbage bag. Sadly, it is always pretty full by the time we get home. We have a lot of litterbugs in town.

Visit my website at kylempage.wordpress.com for more details as well as links to my column here and other writings I have. Have a great week.

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