2013-11-29 / Community

Focus on Wildlife

Photo sale benefits Center for Wildlife

This time of year it’s not uncommon to find very large flocks of geese congregating in open fields and farmland. Most of these geese are the familiar Canada geese, but every so often there is a rarity hanging out in their midst. Some of the differences can be very subtle, like the difference between a Canada goose and a cackling goose. But some are a bit more obvious like the snow goose. This individual was hanging out at the University of New England for more than a week with a small group of Canada geese foraging in the fields behind Sokokis Hall and in the retention pond. The snow goose is an Arctic breeder, striking white with black wing tips and a grin patch. There is also a blue morph of this goose that appears gray.

Wildlife photographer and Saco resident Chuck Homler has teamed with the Courier to raise funds for the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick. Every week one of his photographs will run in the Sentry and its sister papers and be made available for sale on Homler’s Facebook page, www. facebook.com/FocusOnWildlife. An 8-inch by 10-inch image sells for $10 and will be made available at the offices of the Sentry in downtown Biddeford. Homler will place an order every week, so prints will be available for pick-up in about 10 days or so. He will post a notice on the Facebook page when the shipment arrives. For more information, email focusonwildlife@gmx.com. The Center for Wildlife is a nonprofit wildlife medical clinic located in Cape Neddick. Each year, the center treats an average of 1,600 injured and orphaned wild animal patients, including native wild birds, small mammals and reptiles. The center works toward its mission to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research and conservation activities, without state or federal funding. Please consider supporting the Center for Wildlife by purchasing a print, as all profits will be donated to help the organization continue its important work. To learn more, visit www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org.

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