Category Archives: Cooper and Packrat

2017 Calendars

There are two different calendars this year. Each is filled with photos I took and edited personally in 2016 while kayaking and hiking in the Poland, Maine area. Calendars are Loon Family and Maine Wildlife, and either of them can … Continue reading

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Danger On The Lake: My Loon Watch

On the fifth day after the loon chicks hatched, I woke with the rising of the sun, grabbed my camera bag and walked to the lake. I unlocked my kayak and dragged it into the water. Climbing inside, I dipped … Continue reading

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Hatching Day: My Loon Watch

On a rainy July 10th, exactly 27 days after they’d laid their two olive colored eggs, the adult loon on the nest reared back to turn them. I very clearly saw pips (tiny cracks) in the eggs, and I knew … Continue reading

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The Week Before Hatching: My Loon Watch

In the final days before (what I’d calculated to be) hatching day, something felt a little different.  I was going out in my kayak at the same time. Sitting in the same spot. Staying in my kayak as I always … Continue reading

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Weeks Two and Three: My Loon Watch

During the second and third weeks of monitoring the loons nesting period, I got into a routine.  I’d paddle out at  6am to see them, coasting the last fifty yards or so. Beaching my kayak for stability, yet staying in … Continue reading

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My Adventure Begins – My Loon Watch

My story begins back in May. School was in session, the campground had opened and I was struggling to find time to write. But still, I managed to sneak out in the kayak a couple times to check on our … Continue reading

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Meeting Readers

One of the best things about being an author, with a campground, who writes about kids who live and work in a campground . . . is that I get to meet my readers right in the midst of my … Continue reading

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Letters From Ms. Conley’s Class – Poland

A couple weeks back, I visited Poland Community School to talk to students in K-6. This school holds a special place in my heart, because my two children attended school there.  Many of the students had fabulous questions and connections, … Continue reading

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Fox Kit Chewing On Grass

While hiding behind a bush with my 500mm camera lens, I captured video of this fox kit chewing on grass.  I didn’t know they did that!  What great research to show students when I do school visits.      

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If She Hollers, He Will Come

Just a couple days ago, I was lakeside, when suddenly, the female eagle cried out several times.  I looked up, down, and all around, but I couldn’t see anything more than a lone goose, swimming along in front of their … Continue reading

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