Banded Cormorant found on South Shore
Amanda and Alicia Kolson show the certificate they received from finding a banded cormorant.
Young visiting cousins from Pittsburgh, Amanda and Alicia Kolson found a dead cormorant on the beach in front of my house on the eastern side of Kelleys, and proceeded to bury it with their grandfather's help. As they were covering the dead bird they noticed a band on the leg and called me over. We got the band off and noticed a telephone number on the band so I called.
A Certificate of Appreciation arrived in the mail a few weeks later with information on "our" bird. It had been banded in 6/04 in Sandusky and was too young to fly when banded. It was found dead here on July 12.
The certificate had interesting information on the "North American Bird Banding Program" which is spon- sored by the US Geological Survey
and the Canadian Wildlife Service.
The certificate stated: "bird band- ing is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. About 60 million birds repre- senting hundreds of species have been banded in North America since 1904. About 4 million bands have been recovered and reported. Thousands of birds have been banded on Kelleys over the past decade. Master Bander Tom Bartlett bands birds on Kelleys throughout the year, but especially with special efforts made during the Kelleys Island Audubon Club's Nest with the Birds in the spring and their Fall Feathers and Foliage Festival, which is held in September.
Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunt- ing regulations, restoring endangered
species, studying effects of environ- mental contaminants, and addressing such issues as Lyme disease, bird haz- ards at airports, and crop depreda- tions. Results from banding studies support national and international bird conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and Wetlands for the Americas."
The information provided went on to recognize the many cooperators in the program and noted the importance of reporting the recovered bands. As KIAC has been banding birds on Kelleys Island for several years it is good to know how some of the infor- mation is used. Bands found can be reported at www.reportband.gov or 1- 800-327-BAND.
Kelleys Island School News
Phil Thiede, Superintendent/Principal KI School Board returns 4 mills back
to taxpayers The Kelleys
Education voted at the Oct. 15 board meeting not to collect FOUR mills (largest ever) of outside school millage for calendar year 2011. This resolu- tion will result in approximately $243,000 in school taxes NOT being collected for one year, 2011.
The board of education passed this resolution after reviewing the finan- cial plan projections for the next five years and determined the district's resources would allow to pass this savings back to Kelleys Island proper- ty owners.
This is the ELEVENTH consecutive
received a reduction on their taxes. This reduction equals approximately a twenty-five percent (25%) savings on the school portion of their tax bill for callendar year 2011. Thank you Barb Shadle Sinkhorn
Kelleys Island School and commu- nity would like to thank Barb Shadle Sinkhorn for her service and dedica- tion this past year to our school sys- tem. Barb had served as president of the board during this year. Barb was required by law to resign her seat on the board of education in October due to her change of her voting residency from Ohio to Florida.
She was filling the vacant seat on the board due to the death of Bob Quinn last fall.
Welcome Kim McNeal
With the resignation of Barb Shadle Sinkhorn form the Kelleys Island Board of Education in Oct., the board has selected Kim McNeal to fill the remaining last year on Barb's term of office. Kim works at Camp Patmos, along with driving taxi on the island during the summer. Her husband Tom works for the Village of Kelleys Island and their son, Layne, is a seventh grader at Kelleys Island School. Thank you Fall Perch Tournament donation
Kelleys Island School would like to thank the Casino Restaurant and all the fishermen for their $500 donation
The Casino made
this donation to make sure the schol- arship, established three years ago, continues at the school for our stu- dents to further their education. It was decided also to rename the scholar- ship as the Tim Ahner Memorial Perch
everyone involved for their support
our island students! Open Gym Schedule-2010-2011
Open to the public on scheduled school days Mondays through Fridays 7:45 AM to 11:00 AM
These times subject to change if
school function is scheduled
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