Bird Food For People™ ~ Gilligan’s Restaurant

Gillian's Restaurant and Bar Historic Lewes, Delaware. Crab Cake with caesar salad & dressing, . ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Gillian’s Restaurant and Bar Historic Lewes, Delaware. Crab Cake with caesar salad & dressing, . ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

In Historic Lewes, Delware Gillian’s Restaurant and Bar has a Crab Cake that is truly one of the best crab cakes I have ever had right inline with Old Salty’s. I choose to have mine on a bed with a caesar salad & dressing, the real McCoy of course.

Townsend went for the Crab Cake with mashed potatoes with fresh asparagus.

Crab Cake with mashed potatoes with fresh asparagusGillian's Restaurant and Bar ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

Crab Cake with mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. Gillian’s Restaurant and Bar, Historic Lewes, Delaware. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

Chef AJ doesn’t use any filler and it’s HUGE! We ate every scrap and refrained from licking the plate.  

134 Market Street  Lewes, DE 19958 

302-644-7230 / FAX 644-7233



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We Remember Noble Proctor

Noble Proctor, in the field having just observed a rare Northern Wheatear, late summer Allen's Meadow, Wilton, Connecticut. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

Noble Proctor, in the field having just observed a rare Northern Wheatear, late summer Allen’s Meadow, Wilton, Connecticut.  ©Townsend P. Dickinson  All Rights Reserved. 

Noble S. Proctor Ph.D., 73, of Branford, CT, died on May 28. He was born April 10, 1942 in Derby, CT to Alfred Proctor and Ruth Baldwin Proctor. He grew up in Ansonia where he roamed the valley, initiating his lifelong love for natural history. He attended Ansonia High School and upon graduation, entered the U.S. Army. After his Army years and before starting college, he was employed by Yale University to collect materials for Protein & DNA studies for taxonomy of bird classification. He received his B.A & M.S. at Southern Connecticut State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He was a professor of biology for 34 years at SCSU, teaching courses in ornithology, botany, and biogeography. He was also a wildlife photographer and has written & co-authored 10 books on birds and wildlife. For over 40 years, he led wildlife tours throughout the world, visiting 90 countries. 23 safaris to East Africa; 22 springs were spent in Costa Rica and 23 trips were made to Alaska where, for 14 years in a row, he spent up to five weeks on Attu Island in search for birds that wandered to U.S. shores from Siberia. He was among a group of scientists conducting avian field research in the Soviet Union for the U.S. Forest Service and spoke at the United Nations concerning the state of the environment on a world wide scale along with Jane Goodall. An ornithologist all of his life, he amassed a lifelong birding list of over 6,000 species worldwide, 814 species in North America and his most prized list of finding 512 species of North American bird nests. Noble worked with his close friend, artist, author, photographer Roger Tory Peterson during his revision of the Eastern Field Guide to Birds. He was among the founding members establishing the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for Natural History in Jamestown, NY. His organizational memberships include; the American Ornithologists Union, The American Birding Society, CT Botanical Society, CT Butter Fly Association, and member of the New Haven Bird Club for 46 years. His many awards include; Outstanding Professor of the Year (SCSU), Connecticut Environmentalist Award, Outstanding Conservationist Award from the CT Botanical Society, CT Ornithological Association Mabel Osgood Wright Award in 2002 and in 2013 the American Birding Association’s Roger Tory Peterson Award.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn George Proctor of 43 years, his sons Adam Proctor (Courtney) of Nebraska, Eric Proctor (Amy) of New Hampshire, and his grandchildren Braxton and Alexis Proctor. He is also survived by his dear friend and longtime field companion Margaret Ardwin, his brother Alfred Proctor Jr., his many loving members of the George family and nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering in remembrance honoring Noble S. Proctor will be held on Tuesday June 9th from 6:30-9:00pm in the third floor auditorium of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT).  Directions  and  Parking is available in the museum lot. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (311 Curtis St., Jamestown NY 14701). Cards of condolences can also be sent to his wife Carolyn and sons Adam and Eric and their families at 43 Church St, Branford CT 06405.

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Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter to all our Family and Friends!

Mardi & Townsend Dickinson

Cottontail Rabbit, juvenile, residental backyard. @Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Cottontail Rabbit, juvenile, residental backyard. @Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

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Bird Food For People™ ~ Kozy Corners Restaurant

Yes, You guess it this is another great place NW Ohio to stop in before the day begins or ends with birdwatching, photography or just plan need some good family cooked food.

Kozy Corners Family Restaurant. Oak Harbor, OH. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Kozy Corners Family Restaurant. Oak Harbor, OH. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

To top it off  this place has become more famous since President Obama stopped in on July 5, 2012 for a hamburger, fries, iced tea and strawberry pie.


Kozy Corners Family Restaurant. Oak Harbor, OH. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

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Roland Clement Remembered


CLEMENT, ROLAND C. Roland C. Clement, 102, died in his Hamden, CT home on March 21, 2015. Loving father of Charles (wife, Rosa), Connie, Alison Lawrence (husband, John Lawrence); grandfather of Vanessa (partner, John Rooks), Lorena, Bronwyn; great grandfather of Nelson & Regina; brother of Gerard; uncle to nieces & nephews. Predeceased by beloved wife, Muriel (nee Crowly), parents Germain & Angelina (nee Desjardins) Clément, and five siblings.

Roland became hooked on birds as a boy upon seeing a warbler eye-to-eye. Best known as VP & ecologist at National Audubon Society, Roland was a champion to curtail use of DDT & pesticides & innovate endangered bird conservation.

Roland was a fellow at Yale, a catalyst in founding the Environmental Defense Fund & chaired numerous advisory committees & organizations, including Norwalk’s Planning & Zoning Commission, Connecticut Audubon & the first environmental advisory committee to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The family expresses deep appreciation to the staff of Larson Place & Vitas Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an environmental or world changing charity of your choice 

*Nearby friends are invited to come to a Celebration of life for Roland C. Clement to be held  at Atria Larson Place, in the Quinnipiac Room, 1450 Whitney Av, Hamden, CT 06517  on Tuesday, March 24, at 4 p.m.

Friends who are further afield, please send Connie Clement and family with reminiscences  by email to share at this event or afterwards.

A Note below from Roland’s Daughter, Connie.

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that my loving father, Roland, passed away last evening March at the age of 102 in his Hamden home. Roland died comfortably with daughters Alison and myself and granddaughters Vanessa and Bronwyn with him this week. He benefited from 4 days of superb hospice care. Please share this news and the invitation with others you think would appreciate knowing. (Because our celebration /memorial is taking place so quickly, we hope you will help spread the news.)  Roland’s daughter, Connie Clement

Additional detailed information about the late Mr. Roland C. Clement and the exstordinary life and legacy he did to improve the natural world.

Here are several Newspapers of ROLAND C. CLEMENT Obituary.

New Haven Register:

The Hour Newspaper:



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Oppose State Lands Giveaway – State Parks at Risk!


Audubon Connecticut

Contacts: Sandy Breslin  203/804-0488, Patrick Comins 860/977-4469

Oppose State Lands Giveaway – State Parks at Risk!

State lawmakers have released the Annual Conveyance Bill (House Bill 6998) and – once again – they are proposing to transfer portions of our State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas to municipal and private uses.  The process will kick off with a public hearing before the Government Administration and Elections Committee (GAE) this Monday (3/16) starting at 1 PM.  


Since the Haddam Land Swap, Audubon Connecticut has been working with partners at the CT Land Conservation Council, CT Forest and Park Association, Rivers Alliance, Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy to strengthen protections for state conservation lands. We’ve made progress with successful passage of Public Acts 12-152 in 2012 and 14-169 last year, but this year with the state facing deep budget cuts, lawmakers are proposing some shocking giveaways of state conservation land including portions of Silver Sands State Park, Centennial Watershed Forest State Park, as well as two parcels for the benefit of private sand and gravel mining!


Sign the Petition opposing this Bill:

Here is some additional information:

Alert sent by CT Forest and Park Association:

Alert sent by Rivers Alliance with more detail on all sections of the bill: u=820426c5ff0b6a2ae445c28ee&id=1487e96a93&e=fc52d1efae

Audubon will send an alert on Monday with a link that will allow you to email directly to your local lawmakers – they are the most important people who need to hear from you on this issue!

In the meantime, please submit a short statement to the GAE Committee on or before Monday (3/16) OPPOSING all transfers of state conservation land without appropriate review of their ecological value and an evaluation of alternatives, but especially the proposals for Silver Sands (Section 3), the Centennial Watershed Forest (Section 8), and mining in Killingly/Plainfield and Canterbury/Brooklyn (Sections 15, 16). The address is

Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with over 10,000 members in the state, works to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through education, research, conservation, and legislative advocacy.

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