Posted on | September 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Warden’s Report August
Hello what a great summer, warm temperatures and blue skies! The lake was busy most of the summer, weekends are the busiest but a couple of Thursdays were very busy also. On many occasions over the summer the boat ramps were very busy, cars lining both sides of the roads after the parking lots filled up. Please don’t leave car or truck on the ramp after you launch, move it to the parking lot. It will be towed away if it’s blocking the operation of the launching area.
The water level on the lake is getting low; rain has been almost non-existent this summer, a few thunder showers now and then, a little bit of fog, but that’s about it. The water level on the lake held strong through most of July but August we have seen a large decline which now measures 18 – 20 inches below the pollen line of June. Hopefully we will catch up quickly this fall with some rainy weather. The water temperature at the lake got up to 79 degrees and now as dropped to about 75. As the lake water cools the fishing should pick up. Fall is a great time to fish, some of the best fishing of the year.
The Bay Chamber Concert on the lake was a huge success with everything from rowboats to big party barges. Kids, family, and friends swimming, eating, and just enjoying the show. Thanks to everyone who came and those who missed it may have an opportunity if it returns next year
Have a great late summer, hope to see you on the water, be safe . Lake Warden Dale
PS Answer to the mystery sound? Boy we got guesses covering almost all forms of life. It was juvenile Barred Owls begging for food from Mom and Dad. They had just learned to fly but still hung together and were receiving food from the parents. Since then they have started “hooting”, more like caterwauling at each other. The winner is…. Alleson Bixler! You get a free MWA hat!
Here’s a link for more info on Barred Owls: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id
Posted on | August 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Free Lakefront Concert Aug 19 6PM!!
Hey folks, now here’s something you don’t see everyday!
Bay Chamber Concerts, as part of their 2016 Screen Door Music Festival, is putting on a free lakefront concert next Friday at 6 PM!
Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. SSP! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods. This 9-piece band will perform an unprecedented, free musical happening on Megunticook Lake. Put in at Bog Bridge or Gypsy Landing (Rt. 52) and use the following coordinates to locate the dock where the band will be playing.
44°14.71′ N 69° 6.01′ W (the Battle’s place)
Because the show is WATER ACCESS ONLY, those without a watercraft may rent one via Maine Sport Outfitters; rentals must be arranged by noon by calling the Outdoor Programs Department at 236-8797 for pickup at the Bog Bridge on Route 105. Renters are asked to make arrangements for return of the watercraft at pick up time.
Here’s some links for more info:
So come on down, raft up, and let’s get dancin’!
Hope to see you all there!
Posted on | August 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Summer 16 Pictures
Here’s a few pics from around the watershed. Have a nice photo you want to share? Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Posted on | July 29, 2016 | Comments Off on The Big Bug Wade- Tomorrow, Sat. July 30 at 11:00 AM, Bog Bridge Boat Ramp
Come on Down!
Posted on | July 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Aquatic Bug Wade- Bog Bridge Boat Ramp, Saturday, July 30 11:00 AM to Noon
Paul Leeper, an aquatic biologist and Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association will lead an Aquatic Bug Wade at the Bog Bridge boat ramp in Camden on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM to Noon.
Prepare to get wet so bring old sneakers or waders to wade in the water. This is an event for the young and young at heart. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
When you see a colorful dragonfly flitting through the air, do you realize you’re looking at a voracious killing machine? Did you know that some insects thrive in a lake or a pond for months or years as aquatic larvae, and then live for only a day after they leave the water as adults? How about that many beetles are actually scuba divers, taking their own air stores into the water?
Many insects that we see flying around water actually spend their juvenile stage under the water. Such insects include dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and whirligig beetles. The nymphs and adults often look nothing alike, but each can be identified by unique features such as tails, gills, and overall shape. Join us as Paul discusses the amazing adaptations of aquatic insects that help them survive in still water, low oxygen and drying shorelines.
Directions from Camden: Take Rt.105/Washington Str 2.9 miles west. Ramp is past the intersection with Molyneaux Rd. Ramp is on left, parking on right
Photos © Jan Hamrsky
Posted on | July 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House Tomorrow!
Hope to see you tomorrow night at the the Hatchet Mountain Publick House. When you make your reservation mention the MWA and a portion of the proceeds goes to us! It will be a great time, meet your watershed neighbors and Board members.
Call (207) 763-4565 to make a reservation…
Posted on | July 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Please join us for dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Public House Weds. July 20th
The Hatchet Mountain Publick House Wednesday night fundraisers continue July 20th with a benefit for the Megunticook Watershed Association. Please mention us when making your reservation and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help conserve the Watershed. Hope to see you there!
Posted on | July 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Annual Meeting Reminder
Don’t forget the Annual Meeting! Tuesday July 12th at 7:00PM at Bishopswood. The Public’s invited, see you all there!
Almost forgot, here’s some pics form the 4th of July Norton Pond Boat Parade. What a great time!
Posted on | July 1, 2016 | Comments Off on ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm
Public Invited to Hear Susan Gallo of Maine Audubon Speak on the State of Maine’s Common Loons at the Megunticook Watershed Association’s Annual Meeting- Camp Bishopswood, July 12th at 7:00 PM
The public is invited to hear Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon Wildlife Biologist and Director of the Maine Loon Project present the State of Maine’s Common Loons at the Megunticook Watershed Association’s Annual Meeting- July 12th at 7:00 PM at Camp Bishopswood at 98 Bishopswood Rd. Hope, ME. There will be a short business meeting before Susan speaks at 7:30 PM.
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the life of a Maine loon? Where do they go in winter? How long do they live? Why do they make those haunting calls at night? How many are there in Maine? This presentation answers these questions and many more, not just about the life of loons in Maine throughout the year, but also about the threats they face and conservation actions we can all take to help ensure loons thrive on our lakes and ponds. Highlighted in the presentation are the results from 30 years of loon monitoring by Audubon’s “loon count” volunteers, what we’ve learned from 25 years collecting loon carcasses and analyzing how they died, and how those results helped strengthen Maine’s lead sinker and jig ban. Bring in your old lead tackle to exchange for lead-free alternatives that are better for loons and better for your lakes.
Susan Gallo, Biography
Susan Gallo is a wildlife biologist with over twenty years of experience in wildlife monitoring, conservation policy, and land/forest management. Her education includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana. As a certified Stewardship Advisor for the state of Montana, she helped forest landowners develop long-term management plans for their property. She has monitored avian populations and nesting success for private timber companies and the state of Montana, and has worked as a natural resources consultant for several non-profit organizations. Since 1998, she has been a wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon, and the director of the Maine Loon Project. Loon project activities include the annual state-wide volunteer “loon count”, assessments of loon habitat quality and productivity, analyses of loon mortality, and outreach and education programs, including the “Common Loons in the Classroom” curriculum and a “Fish Lead Free” initiative. Other projects include coordination of the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Program, initiation of an “Important Bird Area” program for Maine, development of a “Forestry for Maine Birds” program that focuses on how forest practices can benefits priority forest birds, support of well-sited wind power development in Maine, including the 2013 report “Wind Power and Wildlife in Maine,” and support of BatME, a new citizen science initiative to find and monitor bats in Maine. Susan is a 2011 TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow, a program sponsored by National Audubon and Toyota.
Posted on | June 30, 2016 | Comments Off on 4th of July Boat Parade