On Wednesday, Sept. 12, a pine tree in the Buck Hill Conservation Area in Veazie was dedicated to the late Judy Markowski. Members of Maine Audubon and the Veazie Conservation Commission were on hand to mark the tree with a “Judy’s Tree” sign made by local doctor and craftsman David Clement. According to Suzanne Malis-Andersen from the Veazie Conservation Commission, the tree is Judy’s because the veteran birder first alerted Malis-Anderson to the fact that under the boughs hermit thrush and other birds could always be heard. As a veteran birder, Markowski often visited the Buck Hill Conservation Area to conduct the birding census, and the tree the group dedicated was one of her most common stops. “On the day they found Judy, I visited the tree,” Malis-Andersen said. “The light hit the tree, and a dragonfly landed on it, and it made me think that they had found Judy. I really think that the tree that Judy found was Judy’s tree.”
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Taking part in the tree dedication ceremony at the Buck Hill Conservation area in Veazie were (from left) Matt Dubell from Maine Audubon Society, Holly Twining from Field’s Pond Audubon Center, Suzanne Malis-Andersen from the Veazie Conservation Commission, and Cindy Olsen from Field’s Pond Audubon Center. Also present was Mary Kellogg, Judy’s sister.