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					June 2011                                                            Edmonton Senior — “Your Seniors Connection Across the Town”                                                                                             Page 21

Historic windmills charm Netherlands visitors                                                                                          TRAVELLING THIS SEASON? What to do with the cats?
             By Toni Dabbs
    Perhaps nothing thrills a visitor to
the Netherlands more than the sight
of a windmill in full sail amid a sea of
                                                                                                                                       Cat Sitting                                                                               Call

                                                                                                                                         by The Cat Lady
brightly coloured tulips.                                                                                                                                                                                                         at
    Of the estimated 10,000 windmills
that once dotted the Dutch countryside,
                                                                                                                                        Let your cat(s) enjoy your vacation in the comfort of their own home
about 1,000 remain, all registered as
national monuments. They are owned
and maintained by organizations such                                                                                                            DON’T BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE
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as the Dutch Windmill Association,
by towns or villages, and occasionally                                                                                                            UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN
by businesses or individuals, but the                                                                                                                  TO A BROKER !!
national government subsidizes their
    While most are merely shells of
their former selves, about one-third re-
                                                                                                                                                             Great Southern Group Ltd.
main operational. Some even continue                                                                                                                         Call Us Now For A Free Quote Today.
to perform the functions for which they
were built hundreds of years ago.                                                                                                                       Policies vary between providers, let us help
    Regular operation of working wind-                                                                                                                  you determine the best policy for both
mills is necessary to help prevent de-                                                                                                                  your needs and value for your money.
terioration of their mechanisms. Most
operational windmills are kept turning                                                                                                                        “Satisfied clientele is our
by the 700 licensed individuals who                                                                                                                                key to success”
must pass exams to qualify as members
of the Guild of Volunteer Millers.                                                                                                            
    Windmills operate using a series of
shafts and wheels. The mill is turned                                                                                                                  1-877-485-2850                      RHONDA HANSON
so that its sails face the oncoming
wind, and its sailcloths are partially or
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                                                                                                                                                         403-948-5200                                 Managing Director

fully set, depending on the force of the    mills. De Hulsman, built as a snuff mill      Windmills are believed to have been
wind. The wind rotates the sails on the     in 1786 and adapted to grind mustard       developed in Persia around 600 CE,             CASINO REGINA                                DAy TOURS
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windshaft, which conveys movement           in 1802, still processes the “genuine      but like tulips, which originally came                                          PASSION PLAy DRUMHELLER
                                                                                                                                   4 days/3 nights                     July 15, luxury transportation & play ticket
to the wallower wheel. The wallower         Zaan mustard” which is packaged in         from Turkey, they were so refined by        $60 slot/meal
turns the upright shaft down the centre     Delft pottery jars and sold on site.       the Dutch that they have become inter-     pp/dbl. occ.
                                                                                                                                                                 + gst
                                                                                                                                                                                                $         00gst
                                                                                                                                                                                                            +        89
of the mill, and that shaft is connected    Zaanse Schans is open daily April          nationally recognized symbols of their                                                  AB. STEAM TRAIN
to a wheel that operates the functional     through October and weekends the           adopted homeland of Holland.
                                                                                                                                    MySTERy ALBERTA July 17, luxury transportation, train &
mechanism of the mill. In the case of       rest of the year.                                                                             TOUR JULy 25                 buffet meal          $             00gst
                                                                                                                                                                                                            +    119
a water pumping mill, it turns either a
waterwheel or an Archimedes screw
                                                Another open-air museum at Arn-
                                            hem, 96 kilometres southeast of
                                                                                        Silent Signals                                 3 days/2 nights coach tour. 2 breakfasts, 3
                                                                                                                                       lunches, 2 dinners. Christmas in July package
                                                                                                                                                                                       vANCOUvER GETAwAy
                                                                                                                                                                                       July 18, 5 days/4 nights deluxe resort
                                                                                            Every year, the Netherlands cele-
                                                                                                                                                             $             00gst                                                                    5 days
to lift water and remove it from a low      Amsterdam, also includes a variety                                                                                                         4 breakfasts & $40 slot vouchers
                                                                                                                                       pp/dbl. occ.                         +                                                                       1 nt St
lying area.                                 of windmills. Founded in 1912 to
                                                                                        brates National Windmill Day on the
                                                                                        second Saturday in May, with every             DEADwOOD S.D. & REGINA yELLOwSTONE NATIONAL PARk
                                                                                                                                                                                       pp/dbl. occ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                419             00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                + gst
    Visitors to the Netherlands have        preserve Dutch folk art and the coun-       mill possible being set in motion.
                                            try way of life, it is open daily April                                                    Sep 3 6 days/5 nights coach tour. $90 slot/meal
ample opportunities to see windmills                                                        When not rotating, though, the                                                                  July 5, 5 days/4 nights, 4 breakfast,
                                                                                                                                       coupons, 3 full breakfasts, 3 snacks with beer, Wine 2 nights West Yellowstone, 2 nights Helena
in motion if they know where and            through October.                            sails of a windmill can be positioned          on gaming floor in Deadwood 4-10pm. Optional side
when to look. They can even go inside           Several windmills are themselves        to convey messages, a system said to
                                                                                                                                       tour to Crazy Horse & Mt Rushmore. Costs Extra.      pp/dbl. occ.         549
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $            00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                no tax
some functioning mills and climb steep
stairs to the upper floors, examining the
                                            museums. Assumburg, a 1780 corn
                                            mill located in Nieuw-Vossemeer,
                                                                                        have been used by the Dutch as late            pp/dbl. occ.              $
                                                                                                                                                                     369      00        MOOSE JAw TEMPLE GARDENS &
                                                                                                                                                                                               CASINO REGINA
                                                                                        as World War II to contact pilots of                  wENDOvER                                 Oct 31, 4 days/3 nights, 2 nights Temple
mills’ inner workings from top to bot-      houses the Dutch Windmill Museum.           allied aircraft.                                                                               Gardens, 1 night Regina Inn. $60 slot/meal
tom. As a rule, visitors are welcome at     A cereal museum occupies Woldzigt,              Traditional signals include: a                  7 DAy GETAwAy                              vouchers pp/dbl. occ. $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      289 + gst
any mill displaying a blue pennant.         an 1852 flour mill in Roderwolde.           blade rising toward the top and               Nov 26, 7 days/6 nights Helena 2 nts,
                                                                                                                                      Wendover 4 nts, 2 breakfast, 3 buffet               ALL OUR TOURS ARE
    The largest group of windmills,             DeValk, a 1743 corn mill in Leiden,     stopped just before the 12 o’clock            meals, $21 coins + Elko and Wells                    FULLY ESCORTED!
comprising 19 polder draining mills         and Den Oordt, an 1824 corn mill in         position, denoting celebration; a                                                                  99.9% of our advertised tours are
dating from 1740, is situated along the
Molenkade at Kinderdijk-Elshout, 15
                                            Ommen, display furnished millers’
                                            lodgings, while De Eendracht, an 1889
                                                                                        blade on its way down, stopped just           pp/dbl. occ.
                                                                                                                                                                34900      no tax
                                                                                                                                                                                        guaranteed, so when you book your time
                                                                                                                                                                                         off, call us for your worry free holiday.
                                                                                        past 12, indicating mourning; and
kilometres southeast of Rotterdam. At
least one mill operates each weekday
                                            flour mill at Anjum, along with one
                                            of three 1635 polder draining mills at
                                                                                        blades set precisely at three, six, nine           ALL ACES TOURS
between April and October, and all          Schermerhorn exhibit collections of
                                                                                        and 12, meaning the miller is taking
                                                                                        a short rest.                                   780- 457-7888  
rotate together on Saturday afternoons      millers’ tools.                                                                             toll free 1-800-661-8307 #101, 10212 - 127 Avenue                              The Name Says It All

during July and August. During the
first week of September, they are il-
luminated at night.
    Citing it as “an outstanding man-
made landscape that bears powerful
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testimony to human ingenuity and
fortitude in draining and protecting
an area by the development and ap-
plication of hydraulic technology,”
UNESCO (United Nations Educa-
tional, Scientific and Cultural Organ-
ization) designated the Mill Network at
Kinderdijk-Elshout a World Heritage
Site in 1997.
    Smaller groups of mills can be
seen at Schiedam, a suburb of Rot-
terdam, where four 18th century stone
windmills survive from the original
19 that once encircled the town, and at
Liedschendam, just outside the Hague,
where De Drie Molens, three 1672 pol-
der draining mills, continue to prevent
farm land from flooding.
    Zaanse Schans, a museum village
of 17th century timber structures near
Zaandam, 15 kilometres northwest of
Amsterdam, invites visitors inside its
operating oil, mustard, paint and saw
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Block Island provides opportunity to step back in time
    By Steve and Caroline Lake               is a little over 900.                      spectacular views of hills rolling
    Rhode Island, the smallest of                Be sure to visit Abrams Animal         to the sea.
all 50 U.S. states, has 400 miles of         Farm, where an exotic group of                 Block Island Southeast Light, on
gorgeous shoreline to explore. The           animals peacefully coexist. What a         the southeast side of the island is
first colony to declare independ-            strange place to view camels, llamas       one of its two historic lighthouses.
ence from Britain and known as               and emus. Pet the animals that             The other is Block Island North
the Ocean State, Rhode Island has            crowd to the fence. The donkeys,           Light, on the northern tip.
much to offer.                               goats and sheep will vie for your              Most of the shopping in Block
    For a step back in time, nothing         attention.                                 Island is on Water Street; however,
could be more perfect than a trip                Hiking is one of the most popular      tucked away on some of the smaller
to Block Island, easily accessible           activities. On the 6,400-acre island       side streets are inviting galleries,
by ferry from Point Judith, about a          there are 40 kilometres of well            unique gift shops and book stores.
45-minute drive from Providence              maintained walking trails. Some                There are a number of charming
or Newport.                                  of the best hikes lead to sandy            inns on the island. A stay at the 1661
    Settled in 1614 after being dis-         beaches.                                   Inn is relaxing and restorative. Re-
covered by Dutch explorer Adrian                 Bikes and mopeds can be rented         quest an ocean view when making
Block, the slower pace of the island         to explore the area. Several con-          reservations.
affords the visitor a relaxing vaca-         servation groups should be con-                The comfortably furnished                                                             Photo by Whitney/Wikimedia Commons
tion. The smallest town in the small-        gratulated for protecting habitats         rooms and individual terraces beg             Southeast Light, one of two historic lighthouses on Block Island
est state, the year-round population         for birds and animals and the              you to enjoy the scene of waves
                                                                                                                                                                       rolling in from the beautiful Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                       Ocean, while the garden is filled
                                                                                                                                                                       with colourful flowers and half-
                                                                                                                                                                       tamed rabbits frequent the grounds
                                                                                                                                                                       looking for tidbits from guests.

       Tour THE                                                                                                                                                            The 1661 Inn’s champagne buf-
                                                                                                                                                                       fet is renowned. The many delicious
                                                                                                                                                                       selections are to be savoured and the
       DEVONIAN BOTANIC GARDEN                                                                                                                                         incomparable views from the dining
                                                                                                                                                                       porch call for lingering. Wine and
        Discover the Devonian Botanic Garden’s                                                                                                                         snacks are served in the late after-
        many treasures on one of our guided tours. Choose a walking tour, or travel in                                                                                 noon, early evening hours.
        comfort on one of our trams. Book a group package, or come on your own and                                                                                         There are many fine restaurants
        enjoy one of our hourly tram tours.                                                                                                                            on the island. For a fine dining
                                                                                                                                                                       experience, the Atlantic Inn’s prix
        Garden Express Tours for Active Seniors Groups                                                                                                                 fixe four-course dinner is wonder-
        For seniors groups of 25 to 35 people, includes round-trip transportation on an                                                                                ful. This is where President Clinton
        Edmonton Transit charter bus, admission, tram tour and hot lunch. Call to book.                                                                                and First Lady Hillary Clinton dined
                                                                                                                                                                       in 1997.
        Garden Express Tours for Individuals and Small Groups                                                                                                              Block Island affords a memor-
        Includes round-trip transportation from City Hall and admission, with lunch                                                                                    able experience.
        and tour options. Call for dates and to reserve your spot!                                                                                                         For more information go to
                 For information or to book a group tour contact 780-987-3054 ext. 2259 or visit                                              call 401-466-2982 or (800) 383-
                                        Located in Parkland County, 5 km north of Devon on Hwy. 60                                                                     BIRI (2474).

          BRITISH COLUMBIA - Inside Passage                     WINDMILLS, PARIS & RIVER CRUISE
          Sailing & Skeena Train                                Experience Holland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg
          Includes a scenic day cruise and train ride!          and France on a fantastic river cruise! Incl. city tours!
          8 days, June 24, July 22 & Sept. 2 guaranteed         15 days, Aug. 12
          BRITISH COLUMBIA CIRCLE -                             MARITIMES by MOTORCOACH
          Vancouver Island, Inside Passage                      Several tours to choose from!
          Sailing & Skeena Train                                COLORADO ROCKIES TRAIN
          Includes a scenic day cruise and train ride!          EXCURSIONS
          10 days, July 6 guaranteed                            Fly to/from Colorado Springs
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          NEW YORK CITY - Two Broadway
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          6 days, July 28                                       4 days, Oct. 7

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sEnioRs wEEk                                  •	 Social	 Lunch	 at	 St.	 Albert	 Senior	       on the Square.                                membership is made up of mostly              Touchmark at Wedgewood: located at
                 Continued from page 7           Citizens’ Club from noon to 1:30           •	 Happy	 hour	 at	 St.	 Albert	 Senior	         seniors.                                        18333, Lessard Road, Edmonton.
•	 Creative	Age	Festival	Arts	Café	at	           p.m.                                          Citizens’ Club from 4:30 to 7 p.m.                                                            Phone Brenda Edmonds at 780-
   Clareview Recreation Centre from                                                            Special Performance at 6 p.m.              Contact information                                577-5008.
                                                      Friday, June 10, 2011
   1:30 to 3 p.m.                                                                           Saturday, June 11, 2011                       Creative Age Festival: Contact Shei-            Westend Seniors Activity Centre:
                                              •	 Lori	 Blakeman,	 Edmonton	 Centre	
•	 Creative	Age	Festival	art	exhibition	                                                    •	 Creative	 Age	 Festival:	 FEST.	 The	        la Hallet at 780-423-5635. Visit                 Contact Hayley Weedon at 780-
                                                 MLA visits the Edmonton Seniors
   open house at Jeff Allen Art Gallery,                                                       second day of drama workshops                                     483-1209.
                                                 Centre at 10 a.m.
   Strathcona Place Seniors Centre,                                                            at the Timms Centre for the Arts,          Alberta Legislature: Contact Visitor            Edmonton Public Library, Idylwylde
                                              •	 Creative	 Age	 Festival	 Cabaret/
   from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.                                                                      University of Alberta; held all day.         Services at 780-427-7362.                        Branch: 8310-88 Avenue, Edmon-
                                                 Dance at Central Lions Seniors
                                                                                            Sunday, June 12, 2011                         Strathcona Place Seniors Centre                    ton. Contact Melanie St. Onge at
       Thursday, June 9, 2011                    Centre from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
                                                                                                                                            (for concert at Glenrose Hos-
•	 Seniors’	 Tour	 and	 Tea	 at	 the	 Al-     •	 Creative	Age	Festival:	FEST.	Taking	       •	 Creative	 Age	 Festival:	 FEST	 at	                                                           780-496-1809.
                                                                                               Timms Centre for the Arts, Univer-           pital): Phone Lois Samis Lund                 Edmonton Immigrant Services As-
   berta Legislature from 9:15 to 10:30          place all day at the Timms Centre
                                                                                               sity of Alberta; held all day.               at 780-436-4253 or email                         sociation: #201, 10720-113 Street,
   a.m.                                          for the Arts, University of Alberta,
                                                                                            •	 Creative	Age	Festival	Choral	Fest	at or Michelle.                   Edmonton. Contact Dorina Germi-
•	 Creative	 Age	 Festival	 Discover	            FEST features drama workshops for
                                                                                               Cosmopolitan Music Society from                    nario at 780-474-8445.
   the Arts, at South East Edmonton              seniors in comedy performance, mu-
                                                                                               2 to 4 p.m. Choral Fest showcases a        Edmonton Seniors Centre: Contact                St. Albert Senior Citizens’ Club: 780-
   Seniors Association (SEESA) from              sical theatre and other disciplines.
                                                                                               selection of Edmonton choirs whose           Sari Jarvinen at 780-342-8625.                   459-0433.
   9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.                        Tickets can be purchased from Tix

Newfoundland and Labrador: A Place to Remember
    Explore and discover a different          streets discovering as you go. Craft          English who settled here to fish two
place and a different way of life, and        shops, pubs, restaurants, and boutiques       hundred years ago. Bonavista Bay is
take away a sense of fulfillment. Not         beckon, and at night the place reveals        home to Terra Nova National Park, a
the kind of been-there, done-that             its true self through music and song.         great place to camp.
checklist of things to do, but of emo-            In the small coastal communities              The shores of Trinity Bay and
tions to remember, tastes to recall and       we call outports you’ll discover the          Bonavista Bay are dotted with fish-                                     FOSTER CARE IS HEART WORK
faces that never fade.                        people whose stories are told in tiny         ing communities hundreds of years
                                                                                                                                           Mountain Plains Family Service Society of Edmonton is looking for people to
    Start at the end, at Cape Spear,          museums and grand buildings alike.            old, as is the coast of the boot-shaped
                                                                                                                                           share their time and talents on our Board of Directors. We are a non-profit
easternmost point in Canada, and the              Gros Morne National Park is               Burin Peninsula, closest to the fishing        organization that provides support to foster parents and the children and youth
entire population of the country – all        a UNESCO World Heritage Site                  grounds of the Grand Banks.                    they care for.
33 million of us – are west of you. Let       famed for its geology, and L’Anse                 Labrador is a world apart, huge
your expectations float away on the           aux Meadows National Historic Site            and wild, an ancient land almost four          No previous board experience required. We are looking for individuals from
tide – but keep an eye out for whales.        is where Vikings built a sod hut vil-         billion years old. From the tiny fish-         various backgrounds, who can bring a variety of experiences.
To fully understand this land you             lage 10 centuries ago. Both are on            ing ports along the south coast to the         This is a voluntary position that generally requires 2 hours per month, 9 months
must go to sea, out there among the           Newfoundland’s west coast just a few          grandeur of the Torngat Mountains in           of the year - One year commitment. Any required training will be provided.
whales and seabirds who are feeding           hours apart. This shore inspires music,       the north to the salmon rivers of the
on the same kinds of fish you’ll enjoy        literature and theatre festivals – and        interior, it’s a true wilderness just now      To express interest in this fulfilling position, please contact:
at a restaurant tonight. That’s the con-      has surprises like the French culture         being explored. This land of spirits
nection.                                      and Captain Cook, sand dunes and              will amaze and change you.                     Chris Larsen, Executive Director
    St. John’s, just north of Cape Spear,     tuckamore, those gnarly evergreens                For more information call Ander-           E Mail:
is a lively old seaport that feels bigger     given their bonsai shapes by an unre-         son Vacations toll free 1-866-814-             Phone:        780-429-5990
than its 100,000 population suggests.         mitting winter wind.                          7378 or visit www.canadatravelsolu-            Website:
It also feels small and accessible,               Notre Dame Bay is full of islands
especially the old downtown around            that shelter the shore, and is home              Information supplied by Anderson
the harbour where you can walk the            to the descendants of West Country            Vacations

    Featured Destination Tours:
     Circle Newfoundland                                     Newfoundland Explorer
     and Labrador Tour                                       Guaranteed Departure
     Guaranteed Departure                                    Jul. 5 - Jul. 13, Jul. 19 - Jul. 27,
     Jul. 1 - Jul. 13, Jul. 15 - Jul. 27,                    Aug. 16 - Aug. 24,                                    Newfoundland and Labrador’s                              Best of Atlantic Provinces
     Aug. 12 - Aug. 24, Sept. 9 - Sept. 21                   Sept. 13 - Sept. 21                                   Viking Trail                                             Aug. 31 - Sept. 16, Sept. 8 - Sept. 24
     13 Days/ 12 Nights                                      9 Days/ 8 Nights                                      Jul. 15 - Jul. 23, Jul. 29 - Aug. 6,                     17 Days/ 16 Nights
     Highlights:                                             Highlights:                                           Aug. 12 - Aug. 20, Aug. 26 - Sept. 3,                    Highlights:
     Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World                   Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World                 Sept. 9 - Sept. 17                                       Titanic Grave Sites, Lunenburg,
     Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO                Heritage Site, North Atlantic Aviation Museum,        8 Days/ 7 Nights                                         Reversing Falls/Hopewell Rocks,
     World Heritage Site, Twillingate, St. John’s City       Terra Nova National Park, Signal Hill National        Highlights:                                              Confederation Bridge, Gros Morne
     Tour, Screech in Ceremony, 23 meals:                    Historic Site, Cape Spear National Historic Site,     Corner Brook, Gros Morne National Park UNESCO            National Park UNESCO World Heritage
                                                                                                                   World Heritage Site, Port au Choix National              Site, Twillingate, Cape Spear National
     11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners                     14 meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches,
                                                                                                                   Historic Site of Canada, Strait of Belle Isle Ferry,
     Price Per Person: $3505                                 5 Dinners                                             Whale Watching Tour, Red Bay National Historic
                                                                                                                                                                            Historic Site, St. John’s City Tour
                                                             Price Per Person: $2810                               Site, Great Viking Feast at Leifsburdir                  Price Per Person: $3145
     Upcoming Tours:                                                                                               Price Per Person: $2055

     Wonders of Waterton Lakes                               Grand Canyonlands                                     Okanagan Secrets and Surprises
     Sept. 15 - Sept. 17                                     Sept. 28 - Oct. 7                                     Sept. 6 - Sept. 11
     3 Days/ 2 Nights                                        10 Days/ 9 Nights                                     Sept. 12 - Sept. 17
     Price Per Person: $560                                  Price Per Person: $1530                               6 Days/ 5 Nights
                                                                                                                   Price Per Person: $760
                                                             Cross Canada
     Oregon Coast and San Francisco
                                                             Aug. 30-Sept. 25                                      Minot Norsk Hostfest
     Sept. 17 - Sept. 29
                                                             Sept. 7-Oct. 3                                        Sept. 26 - Oct. 3
     13 Days/ 12 Nights
                                                             27 Days/ 26 Nights                                    8 Days/ 7 Nights
     Price Per Person: $2240
                                                             Price Per Person: $4295                               Price Per Person: $1645

                   For reservations or information contact our Friendly, Professional Reservation Staff                                                                    Anderson Vacations is currently offering Double
                             toll free: 1-866-814-7378 or email                                                                                 Early Booking Discounts on almost all tours!
                                                                                                                                                                          Book early and prepay in full to save an additional
                                         Web:                                                                                                             discount off your next vacation.
                                All pricing is per person based on double occupancy, plus GST. Single pricing available please call.

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June 2011                                                        Edmonton Senior — “Your Seniors Connection Across the Town”                                                                                      Page 25

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                                                                                                                                                 Numerous house finches seen in Edmonton
                                                                                                                                        By Bob Parsons                         it will also make its home in nests          ied than its cousins’ songs.
                                                                                                                                 During my morning strolls                     abandoned by other birds.                       In appearance, Cassin’s finch can
                                                                                                                             around the Oliver area the past few                   This finch can also be found in          be confused with the Purple Finch,
                                                                                                                             weeks, I have noticed quite a few                 the mountainous regions to the west          so it is important to learn the songs.
                                                                                                                             house finches singing their joyous                of us. I was fortunate to find four          A variety of birdsong recordings
                                                                                                                             song throughout the day.                          last year when visiting Cadomin              can be purchased at the Wildbird
                                                                                                                                 This finch tends to be quite ob-              in the lowland Rockies. Here in              General Store on 99th Street and
                                                                                                                             vious, calling from a branch or low-              town, Glenora seems to be a popu-            47th Avenue.
                                                                                                                             ish bush or even close to a feeder,               lar breeding area, along with the                              ***
                                                                                                                             and moving from tree to tree trying               Whitemud Ravine.                                I met quite a few Edmonton
                                                                                                                             to attract a mate.                                    It also can be seen in Elk Island        Senior Newspaper readers during
                                                                                                                                 The song is a warble lasting                  National Park, where it might be             the annual Snow Goose Chase held
                                                                                                                             about three seconds with the last                 confused with its cousin the purple          during the last weekend in April. All
                                                                                                                             note usually rising, and is repeated              finch.                                       the buses were sold out as usual and
                                                                                                                             often.                                                However the purple finch is              many thousands of snow geese were
                                                                                                  The house finch was originally                more of a raspberry colour overall           spotted in the area north of Ryley.
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                                                                                                                                 These birds are being encountered             singing away in well-wooded areas
                            DAkOTA DuNES                                                                                     in increasing numbers. I remember                 like the Sherwood Park Natural               tion of ducks.
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                    Deluxe accom. at Hilton Garden Inn in               Play, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Casino
                           downtown Saskatoon,                         pkg. incl. drinks, gaming tokens, discount                The house finch is about the size             and generally uses grass, moss and           the action.
                             $125 Casino pkg.                                            coupons                             of a sparrow and has a square tail.               twigs to build a nest far out on a              More than a dozen exhibits and
                          HiSTORiC DEADWOOD                                                                                      Easy to recognize, the male has               branch.                                      displays were set up in Tofield Com-
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                                                                             Martina McBride, Trace Adkins,                  are also reddish in colour. It also               in tone at the end.                          Nature Club also ran eight buses of
                  Rushmore, Crazy Horse & Black Hills Tour
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                   (2 Manitou Springs & 2 Temple Gardens)
                                                                                                                             tation and forages on the ground                  is readily found in the summer, it is        the mud. There was a tremendous
                 Your comfort & safety is important to us, so all our tours are fully escorted                               for seeds. House finch nests can                  more secretive in the summer. Again          team of volunteers and they cannot
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