All posts by Bill Baker

Bill Baker

About Bill Baker

Bill's interest in a clean place to live is rooted in growing up in the country – a cornfield across the road and fields, sandstone cliffs and hundreds of acres of woods where he spent many hours.

Tired of snow? Your garden isn’t!

You’ve probably heard the old saying that snow is the poor man’s fertilizer. I know I have, and it seems obvious that if you have snow covering your garden, when it melts in the spring, your garden will have a slow and perhaps plentiful soaking, and won’t mostly run off like a good spring or […]

Squirrel proof?

Our attempt to outsmart the squirrels began when we decided to mount a feeder off our second floor deck, since our main living area is on the second floor.  We researched poles and found that most were not strong enough to support a bird feeder without bending in half. But we soon found the ‘Swing […]

Squirrel problem? No problem!

While my father was busy with his continuous struggle with squirrels captured in his Havahart trap, we had moved to the country in upstate New York, and soon erected an Absolute Squirrel Proof bird feeder. I am sure you have seen these feeders that have a hinged bird perch that shutters the bird feed when […]

My dad vs. the squirrels

My dad took on the squirrels as if they were they were the mortal villains of his life.  He kept track of the number of squirrels he trapped in his Havahart and ferried a mile or two away. He would write, ‘I captured numbers 45 and 46 this week,’ and I am sure he would […]

Wrestling with squirrels … part 1

Our wrestling with the squirrels is really a family affair. It all began when my folks moved from rural Connecticut to Maine 40 years ago. Back in Connecticut, one of our kitchen windows looked out over an old well, no longer used except in August to water the garden, since the word was that the […]

Celebrations and regrets

We have a lot to be thankful for and some regrets looking back on 2016.  By ‘we’, I mean our Ogunquit Conservation Commission which I found myself chairing a year and a half ago. Before I became chair, our conservation commission, anywhere from three to five people depending on who is away or sick, spearheaded […]

My after Christmas trees….

Christmas is over now and if you’re like us, you are faced with what to do with your Christmas tree.  Perhaps you have an artificial tree and can just take it apart and store it in your attic, or perhaps you have a live tree and dug a hole for it before the ground froze. […]

A Christmas gift…

Many wish for gifts at this time of year. If I had to choose any gift, I would choose to have our rivers and streams, our air and soil, free of poisons that harm plants, trees, fish, animals, and people. This is the gift we were given long ago, and while we have made progress […]

Begin where you are – then join with one another

We have to start locally protecting our own clean waters and clean land, while obtaining town land for conservation purposes, given what might happen under the new administration. But while we should begin locally, we must also work together trading ideas, support, and ways to defend the progress we have made both locally as well […]