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December 19, 1997

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78 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 Annual Christmas bird counts set January 3 and 4 A holiday tradition for local bird lovers is about to take place. The National Audobon Society's 98th Christmas Bird Count will be held on Jan. 3 in Rehoboth Beach and Jan. 4 in Prime Hook and Cape Henlopen. The Delmarva Ornithological Society Christmas Bird Counters are among the more" than 45,000 volunteers participating in the count. The count began when 27 con- servatiolaists decided to protest the traditional bird shoot, and instead of killing birds, they counted them on Christmas Day 1900. The event originated as a protest to the traditional holiday "side hunt" in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds. Today, volunteers from every state, every Canadian province, Bermuda, the West Indies and OUTDOORS Michael Short parts of Central and South Ameri- ca will count and record every in- dividual bird and bird species en- countered during one calendar day. About 1,700 individual Christ- /[ i Mike Short photos Nice catch of December stripers Live eels produced this nice catch of stripers on Tuesday. Striped bass'are still around for hardy anglers and should provide nice action well into 1998. This catch was taken aboard the Restless Lady from Fisherman's Wharf. Shown with the fish, taken in the Delaware Bay rips on eels, are fish- ermen (l-r) Tony Walsh, Howdy Wallace, Joe Nielson, John Case, Captain Jeff Stewart (front), Jim Downham and Tony Walsh IV. TIDES Date 12/19 12/20 12/21 ! i [12/22 112/2 12/24 Indian River Rehoboth Roosevelt Oak Inlet Beach Inlet Orchard I mas bird counts will be held dur- ing a two-and-a-half-weekperiod. Each count group has a designated circle 15 miles in diameter - about 177-quare miles - where they try to cover as much ground as possi- ble within a 24-hour period. The data collected by each count group are then sent to National Audubon Society headquarters in New York. Count data are published annually by the National Audubon Society. The local qounts in Rehoboth Beach and in the Prime Hook area always turn lap a good variety of bird species. Occasionally, rela- tively rare species will show up and make a birders "A list." Apart from its attraction as a so- cial, sporting and competitive event, the annual count reveals in- teresting and scientifically useful information on the early - winter distribution patterns of various bird species and the overall health of the environment. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running ornithological da- ta base. Counts from 1900 to the present are currently being entered into a database available through the interactive BirdSource Web- site, a cooperative project of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornitholo- gY. For more information about your local count, contact Meta Good winter fishing continues Captain Jerry Blakeslee returned from a day of wreck fish- ing on Tuesday with limit catches of tautog. The outstanding catch of tautog and one striped bass featured fish up to 11- and-three-quarter pounds, one of the nicest catches in recent memory. Blakeslee fishes aboard the Grizzly out of Fisher- man's Wharf. Shown here are (l-r) Bill Thomas, mate Barbara Evans, Jack Schulze, Fay Griffith, Howard Nygood of G- town (with his nearly 12-pound trophy), Bill Benton,like Junck, Bob Witte and Sam Green .... Little at 302-368-3472. For more information on the Rehoboth Beach count, contact Joe Swertin- ski at 292-1592. Coast Guard Auxiliary The Coast Guard Auxiliary meets on the following dates in 1998: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. For more informa- tion contact Personal Services Of- ficer 'Jaek-Korboto at 945-3329. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at An- gola. Available For The Holiday Season Paintings By Howard Schr0eder The family of Howard Schroeder will open his studio at 324 Pllottown Road in Lewes during the holiday season for the sale of original paintings. Framed and unframed paintings are available. Full color Howard Schroeder books and note cards are also avail- able. The Studio Will Be Open 11 a.m.. 2 p.m. on: SCHROEDER STUDIO 324 PILOI"I'OWN ROAD LEWES or by appointment 645-0670 645-7431 - 645-2i39