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Photo courtesy of the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. John Dolyak.

An avid bird watcher is on a full-scan search, this time for those of all ages and backgrounds in Granville and surrounding areas who share a passion for birdwatching.

John Dolyak, 30, of Granville recently received permission from village mayor Paul Labas to place bird feeders in both Veterans Memorial Park and Mettowee Park.

“I think it’s a neat deal,” Labas said. “I know a lot of people are into birds, I tend to like them too.”

Dolyak said he has firsthand witnessed at least 20 different species of birds in the Granville area and wants community members to enjoy with him what nature has to offer.

Photo courtesy of John Dolyak. A Down Woodpecker.

“I’ve always been an animal guy, I’ve always been the animal guy in Granville,” Dolyak said with a laugh. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I wanted to worry about what’s around me in the world. If we had a guide or guides, I definitely think it would bring more tourism to our town.”

Dolyak mentioned some of his favorite locations in Granville to observe the birds to be the parks, the rail trail and along State Route 22. Dolyak finds it interesting to observe behaviors and tendencies of different species, like the intelligence of crows and the communication between chickadees.

He said there is an emotional and mental benefit to birdwatching that sometimes goes unnoticed, which is why he is heavily involved as an activity aide at the Granville Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

“Honestly, it’s seeing birds do things that you wouldn’t normally realize,” Dolyak said. “I would like a club where we could do guided bird tours. I would like to get a group started and get people involved.”

Dolyak’s vision would be to have a group of birders gather together in mid-to-late February.

“It would be great to get a couple of people by then, but I would like to get off the ground by March,” he said. “In the last couple years, we have had a lot of new faces come to our town.”

Photo courtesy of John Dolyak. A White-Breasted Nuthatch.

More than anything, Dolyak wants individuals to look at birdwatching more as a lifestyle, not just a hobby.

“Honestly, the birds tell us how our climate is doing. Without them, we wouldn’t know where our world is going,” Dolyak said.

To contact Dolyak, call 518-804-3739 or send an email to [email protected]