Date: 5/9/18 8:05 am From: Tom Lawler <tjlawler...> Subject: [COBOL] Cabin Lake
Please excuse the cross post. Some of you may be aware that the upper blind at Cabin Lake was being rebuilt. The new blind is basically finished. It is ready for you to use. There is still some minor finish work to complete and I will do that on my next visit. Three of us did all the work on this blind. I am very grateful for the help from Kara Jakse and Bob Sizzo. Without their help this project would have never been completed. No one else volunteered to help! There are pictures of the new blind on my Friends of Cabin Lake Facebook page and East Cascades Audubon Society FB page.
The water is turned on to both guzzlers.
If you want to know what is going on at Cabin Lake I am good at posting info on my Friends of Cabin Lake Facebook page. I am pretty bad about posting it elsewhere. I also post my sightings to ebird if anyone wants to see what is going on.
As (about) the only person that takes care of this place I would like to remind everyone that if you brought it to Cabin Lake then take it with you. I wish to think of birders as people that care about the environment. Most of us do but there are those that don't. Yesterday I picked up a soda bottle laying in front of the lower blind. I pick up all sorts of trash at this location for a good part of the year. Trash includes cat food cans (why are these here?), food wrappers, water jugs (take them with you), zip ties and on and on. Photographers think they need to haul in all sorts of foliage so they can photograph birds. Guess who has to clean up all this stuff that you just leave laying around when you leave. Yep, that would be me. Take it back with you! Is it that difficult to clean up a little after you are done?
Don't leave wood in the water bowls. It makes the water quite yucky while it is rotting away. Don't fill the bowls with rocks! Come on everyone...wildlife are using these water bowls. In fact don't leave anything in the water bowls. Please note that I do put a small flat bathing rock in the lower bowl for the birds to stand on and that is it.
If you bring water dump it into the cisterns. The upper one is real easy to find! The cistern to the lower guzzler is to the east and a little walk to get there. I have already brought over 200 gallons of water this year to fill the cisterns.
Bring some suet (four blocks) to put into the suet feeders. Leave in the plastic backing unless you bring no melt suet. It just keeps the feeders in a little better shape. If you put in suet take the empty plastic container with you. Don't just leave it on the old container on the ground.
Lastly don't complain about anything at Cabin Lake. I am a volunteer. I don't get paid for this! No one pays for my gas or time. I try to get up there every 10-14 days from May-November. If you don't like the way the place looks then clean it up. If you don't like that the suet feeders are empty then bring some. Leave extra suet in the upper blind. There is also a broom in the upper blind so you can sweep out any dirt tracked in. Feel free to use this handy tool!
If you would like to make a donation to help with the upkeep of Cabin Lake then please donate to East Cascades Audubon Society. If you see an issue that needs to be fixed at Cabin Lake please let me know.