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Free Lakefront Concert Aug 19 6PM!!

Posted on | August 13, 2016 | No Comments

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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:

http://www.baychamberconcerts.org/events/event/music-on-the-lake/

http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/music-on-the-lake-really/1556229

So come on down, raft up, and let’s get dancin’!

Hope to see you all there!

Paul

 

 

Summer 16 Pictures

Posted on | August 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Summer 16 Pictures

Hey folks,

Here’s a few pics from around the watershed.  Have a nice photo you want to share?  Send it to me at paul@megunticook.org!

 

Goats on Fang Island

Goats on Fang Island

 

The Big Bug Wade- Tomorrow, Sat. July 30 at 11:00 AM, Bog Bridge Boat Ramp

Posted on | July 29, 2016 | Comments Off on The Big Bug Wade- Tomorrow, Sat. July 30 at 11:00 AM, Bog Bridge Boat Ramp

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Aquatic Bug Wade- Bog Bridge Boat Ramp, Saturday, July 30 11:00 AM to Noon

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

Dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House Tomorrow!

Posted on | July 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House Tomorrow!

Evening folks,

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

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Please join us for dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Public House Weds. July 20th

Posted on | July 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Please join us for dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Public House Weds. July 20th

472237_320297974710780_908078986_oThe 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!

Annual Meeting Reminder

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!

ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

4th of July Boat Parade

Posted on | June 30, 2016 | Comments Off on 4th of July Boat Parade

The 4th Of July Boat Parade Is On !!!

Those who are participating in the parade meet at the usual spot at Marriner’s dock at 4:30. Hope to see the rest of you on your docks or at Breezemere Park to watch the parade.

Happy 4th !!!

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Warden’s Report June 2016

Posted on | June 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Warden’s Report June 2016

Warden’s Report from Dale,

What a difference a couple of days meant!  Last weekend was cold and dry, mid-June and in the low 50s, great if it was April, but was mid June.  Monday and Tuesday were cool and very windy, with gusts to 40 mph.  This has been the norm not the exception all spring.  Well, if a  cold spring will bring a super nice summer here we go!  Now it’s brilliant blue sky and 75 as I write this.

On the water the loons have nested with  reports of chicks on the upper Megunticook River and Norton Pond. I have seen the chick on Norton pond . It’s black about six inches long  and swimming along with parents. There are more nests on the lake with adults still sitting on eggs so please, if you see a nest, give it a wide berth.

The gosling’s around the lake are starting to show color . Some are much older than others so keep a sharp eye out for them.

If you are water skiing or tubing remember that you must have observer in the boat at least 12 years of age looking back at the people being towed . This is the law and you will be stopped without a spotter.

Have fun and put safety first on the waters.
Lake Warden Dale Dougherty

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Megunticook Watershed Association
P.O. Box 443, Camden, ME 04843
Paul Leeper
Executive Director
email:information@megunticook.org
207.592.8540

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The Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lakes, rivers and estuaries. Our organization and our members play an important role in keeping this wonderful resource available for recreation by locals and visitors to the midcoast region.

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