‘Stearns’ and terns drawing interest from tourists and locals alike

Dave White
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The twitter that twines tern together tickles tines and times the third day of the third trimester, 2014. Especially in hometown McIvers, maybe.

By the letter ‘T,’ translated: ‘Shorebirds singing the praises of nature delightfully repopulate on high. Life goes on. Eggs hatch. Danger looms.

Tea, anyone?  Coffee, as you may. Please do.

Good morning! Are you ready for your outport news today?

Now, birds really don’t get pregnant in the usual sense of the word, but up the harbour, down the shore, out the bays and in places nearer and afar with ancestral links to Newfoundland and Labrador, fresh living comes blessing families both human and natural each summer. Praise be. Congratulations on extended life and mixing families the year round, I say.

The fabric of the bayshore sky and the adjacent rocks and nearby car bonnets that typically catch skyfall fabric are included among the many joys perceived by those seeking to live in harmony with nature out here in hometown McIvers, as elsewhere, even if you were not so born and raised on rural shores. Here, some have been and remain as lucky.

Regular readers will know that McIvers’ aerobatic kingfishers, locally knows as ‘stearns,’ are shorebirds which have colonized the islet acreage just off the jagged and sandy shorelines in hometown McIvers. In two centuries of living memory here, on McIvers Island they preside and remain a featured summertime highlight of The Outport News weekly journal. Albeit, the latter stands a contradiction in terms, the re-tern lasts a second 100 years.

The natural wonders of our beautiful Bay of Islands are duly discovered with open eyes, open minds and open hearts. Did I say open mouths. Speak out. Share.

In short order, those who plan to visit, tourists, along with residents long lesser inclined to take the beauty of where they live for granted, and anyone else who really cares to really stop and really look at rural Bay of Islands, will surely find a lot to be amazed at. And, some smart to get pictures will return wanting more. Do be snapping away. Action video galore. Shoot more. Show times may vary.

The Outport News additionally welcomes the opportunity to share regional and community news and various promotional elements that add to economic and social realities brought of living in the 21st Century.  Times change. Heart lasts. Outdoor musicfests catch on.

But, just as 40 years ago when regional development associations first sought to add tourism among the opportunities to explore and add upon for the future in this province, today we find a billion-dollar industry yet confident in the future, life’s trials as they are.      

Besides June brides and June blooms, the latter mostly green grass and dandelions, the sixth month is when survival mode heats up around the McIvers Island tickle, where common and Arctic tern compete with saltwater ducks, European shags and other familiar and mysterious newer passersby of the bird realm garner continued interest among the interested.

Tourists with cameras do come loving the chance to snap pictures and to digitally film the wild Bay of Islands waterfront this time of year.

Come, see! Pictures last longer. But, do be coming back. Places to eat, dance and shop are in the making.

Back at sea

Vessels in the Bay of Islands fishing fleet have enjoyed various measures of success in the spring herring fishery on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Midshore Barry Seafoods captains Ches and Les McCarthy, and private skippers Scott Anderson and Jack Hickey and their crews venture some 140 nautical miles out of home port at Curling to what fishers call ‘The Edge.’ A bank on the estuary of the mighty St. Lawrence River nearer Quebec’s Magdalen Islands than the west coast of Newfoundland, it is where federal Fisheries management zones 4R and 4T bounder. Windy weather in the gulf looks to delay progress in the immediate future.

Helpful friends    

There will be a benefit bingo for Geraldine George of Gillams who is required to travel to Ontario for continued medical care on June 13.

Geraldine’s family seeks public support in raising funds for to help with her expenses.

Persons looking to donate a prize or to make a monetary contribution may contact Arlene Banks (632-3680) or Jocelyn Wheeler (783-2222).

    The doors to the bingo hall open at 1 p.m. and the first of 30 prize package games is expected to start at 2 p.m.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 688-2003, or email at: davidjwhite@columnist.com.

Organizations: The Outport News, Arlene Banks

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, Arctic St. Lawrence River Quebec Magdalen Islands Ontario

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