The Pemaquid Watershed Association is currently offering its semiannual midwinter bird-seed sale featuring the best seed varieties, including different types of sunflower seeds as well as thistle seed. Almost all the year-round songbirds in Maine eat sunflower seeds, including the chickadee, nuthatch, tufted titmouse, cardinal, and blue jay. Thistle seed, also known as Niger seed, is eagerly consumed by all the small finches, pine siskins, and redpolls. Also available is a seed mix called Melody Mix, a mixture of sunflower seeds, peanuts, cracked corn, and white millet. When the cold winter wind blows, backyard birds love to peck at high-energy suet cakes, and they attract woodpeckers.
Order forms can be obtained by contacting the PWA office at 563-2196, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or stopping by on weekdays at the PWA office at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. Order forms also can be downloaded at pemaquidwatershed.org. The ordering deadline is Thursday, Jan. 26, and the pickup day is Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9-11 a.m. at Lincoln County Publishing Co., at 116 Mills Road in Newcastle, near the post office. The PWA thanks Lincoln County Publishing and the Laurich family for help with this event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the bird-seed sale will benefit the Pemaquid Watershed Association, a volunteer-based, membership-supported nonprofit organization that has been conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula region since 1966.