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Minnies: A Christmas Dove

A long time ago there were two turtledoves named Nutmeg and Scruffy. They lived on a farm with a whole lot of other doves and a farmer named Archie.  One cold December night Nutmeg laid an egg.  Nutmeg and Scruffy kept a close eye on their egg to keep it safe. They didn't want any bad birds to steal it.  Nutmeg would sit on her egg all day, and all night to keep it warm.  Sometimes Scruffy would sit on their egg when Nutmeg needed a rest, or to go stretch her wings. 
As it got closer to Christmas, Nutmeg had gone to sleep hoping that Santa was soon to arrive.  It was late at night and Nutmeg felt something move. She jumped up, "Scruffy, Scruffy" she cooed "our egg is hatching!"  As they watched their baby hatch, they heard the clock strike midnight and, at that very moment Minnies struggled free.  "Do you know what that means?" Scruffy said to Nutmeg.  "Our new baby was born at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve.  That makes her a Christmas Dove."  They looked at their new baby and sure enough she was white.  Only Christmas Doves are born white and have a magical power to make children and animals happy when they are sad.  "Coo coo" said Minnies.  Nutmeg and Scruffy thought hard about what to name their new baby and they decided to name her after her Grandfather whose name was Cinnamon.  At first they called her baby Cinnamon but it wasn't long before it got shortened to Minnies.
On Christmas morning, farmer Archie came to the barn to wish all of the birds and animals a Merry Christmas.  When he got to the bird coop, Nutmeg and Scruffy excitedly introduced him to their newborn baby Minnies.  Farmer Archie picked up Minnies, saw that she was white, and said to Nutmeg and Scruffy "Minnies is truly a Christmas Dove, and she is sure to bring joy to many."
Because Minnies was a Christmas Dove, some of the farm animals and birds were jealous of her.  They would call her bad names and pick on her whenever she wasn't with her parents.  One day when Scruffy and Nutmeg were out looking for dinner, a gang of bully birds pulled a whole bunch of feathers out of Minnies, and she looked funny and was cold.  Scruffy was a good father and decided to ask for help from farmer Archie. "Farmer Archie" Scruffy said.  "Can you help us find a good home for Minnies where she will always be safe, and where sad little children can come to see her so her magic power can make them happy again; a place where other birds and older people can come and visit when they are feeling sad?"  "I know of just the place" farmer Archie said.  Minnies was nervous because she had never been away from home before.  She cooed bye to her bird friends.  Farmer Archie loaded Nutmeg, Scruffy and Minnies into his truck and away they went.  Where is farmer Archie going they all wondered?  "I hope it's some place warm," Minnies said.  "Where are we going" Minnies cooed to farmer Archie.  "I'm taking you to live with Bill and Nancy.   They own a store where lots of nice people come and go.  Not only that, it's a bird store where people come to buy all kinds of nice things for the birds".
When farmer Archie showed up with Minnies and her parents everyone was very happy, especially Marley the Cockatiel, who now had a new best friend.  People from all over come to see Minnies, old and young alike. Farmer Archie brings a truckload of Minnies old friends along with Nutmeg and Scruffy every time he comes to town.  The town will never be the same because a little bit of Minnies magic rubs off on everyone who comes to visit. 




5th Annual Sturbridge Christmas Count

The 5th annual Sturbridge Christmas count will be held on December 14, 2000.  If you are interested in participating call us at WBC.  The Sturbridge Christmas Count circle has a 15 mile diameter and is broken up into sectors.  The different species of birds are counted in each area and then the numbers are compiled at the end of the day.  The totals along with the weather conditions are sent to National Audubon.  National Audubon tracks trends from all of the Christmas Counts through out the country.  This helps to find any species that are in decline, or increasing, as well as to study the migratory patterns in relation to the weather and condition of habitat in all regions of the country.


Gingerbread Holiday

Get in the Christmas spirit and visit Sturbridge for the Gingerbread Holiday Weekend on December 2, and 3, 2000. Stop by Wild Bird Crossing and warm up with a cup of Shade Grown Coffee (while your warming up your helping to save the rainforest!) and some delicious gingerbread cookies. Browse our store; chuck full of gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list.
 Carol Childress and Jennifer Ohop from Opacum Land Trust will be with us on Saturday, from 10 - 5pm and Sunday from 11 - 4 p.m. to tell you more about Land Trust and open space preservation. They will also have some little critters with them for all to see. Pete Mirick, State Wildlife Biologist, from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will be joining us on Sunday, December 3 from 11 - 3 p.m. Pete will be handling the animals and telling us more about them.
 Alan Smith, Board Member and Archaeologist from the Opacum Land Trust will be with us on Sunday from 11 - 3 p.m. with a display of mano and metate stones (a hand stone with a flat grinding stone). These are authentic stones from the Southwest. While you shop the kids can try their hand at grinding corn and nuts into flour like the Native Americans used to. (Weather permitting - this event will be held in the bird garden)


Wild Bird Crossing of Sturbridge

4 Cedar Street
Route 20 & Cedar Street Intersection
Sturbridge, Massachusetts