03/13/13 Marcia Caine of Plymouth has always been and avid bird watcher. Four years ago in while in Miami County Caine saw her first bald eagle. The sight thrilled her heart and brought tears to her eyes; and, She has been watching for eagles ever since. In those four years she has seen hundreds of eagles and shared her knowledge of eagles with others in the area.
In 2012 Caine was a guest speaker at Miller’s Senior Living Community in Plymouth and piqued the interest of the residents at the facility. Caine promised she would take the residents on a tour around the Wabash, Eel and Mississinewa Rivers. Friday, March 8, 2013 was that day.
After a snowstorm earlier in the week, mother – nature smiled on the Miller’s residents and their guests as thirteen people boarded the Miller’s bus and traveled through Marshall, Fulton, Miami, and Cass counties. On this trip the group was blessed to see twelve adult bald eagles and six juveniles. Caine acted as tour guide and told interesting facts about the eagles. She also shared her knowledge of the American Native history of Miami County.
The river banks and trees are alive with many different animals and fowl life. Along with the eagles the group saw ducks, Canadian geese, swans, blue herons, woodpeckers, crows, bluebirds, and many squirrels. They also saw the childhood home of Indiana musician Cole Porter, The Mississinewa Dam, Pipe Creek Falls, The Seven Pillars, the home of Chief Richardville, and the country side that Maconaquah (France Slocum) called home.
Peru, also known as Circus City was the winter headquarters for several famous circuses, including Ringling Brothers, Hagenbeck-Wallace, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and others. The Miller’s group stopped at the Peru McDonalds on Main Street for a lunch break where they enjoyed perusing the circus décor of the restaurant. There are many photos and circus posters on display at the restaurant.
Many Miller’s events are open to the public. Those who wish to know more about special events at Miller’s Senior Living Community should call 574-936-9801 and ask for Anna Corbett or Cindy Flagg. A popular up-coming event will be Miller’s annual visit with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will appear at Miller’s Senior Living Community located at 625 Oakhill Ave. in Plymouth. Bring your little ones and your camera on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to visit the Easter Bunny. Kelley’s Kandy Kitchen homemade chocolates will also be on sale during this time.
- This is just one of the twelve bald eagles the group from miller’s Senior Living Community saw while eagle spotting on Friday, March 8th.
- Miller’s resident Mary Spitler and guest JoAnn Meckstroth order lunch at McDonalds in Peru during their day of eagle spotting along the Wabash River.