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Rough week on the Lake

Posted on | August 7, 2014 | Comments Off

From Justin:

Early Tuesday morning I received a call from a concerned citizen in reference to a Loon that appeared to be in distress in Barrett’s Cove. As a result I hopped in the boat in an attempt to locate the Loon in question. It did not take me long to locate the Loon as it was sticking close to shore and acting very lethargic. After a closer look I observed a great deal of fishing line around the head and neck of the loon. I contacted Paul Leeper and asked for assistance in trying to catch the Loon, I also called Avian Haven and had them on stand-by in the event the Loon was successfully captured so it could be transported to their facility.
Using a net Paul and I made several attempts to catch this loon, it was not, however, cooperating with us. It was still able to dive and we were SO close SO many times but ultimately unsuccessful. As a result I ran into town and was able to purchase a throw net; Paul constructed a much longer handled net and we went out again later that day to give it another go. This time the Loon was having nothing to do with us. After several more attempts the Loon decided it had enough and flew away down the Lake and it’s whereabouts are currently unknown.
In your travels on or around the Lake please keep your eyes open for this Loon. If you think you have spotted it please contact either Paul or me so we can make more attempts to rescue this Loon and get it to Avian Haven.
This morning (08/07) I responded to #265 Beaucaire Ave in Camden after learning about a fire at the residence there. Upon my arrival I observed that the residence in question was a complete loss and Camden Fire crews were still on scene trying to extinguish the last remaining flames. It is unknown at this time the actual cause of the fire. The residence/cottage was unoccupied and has been for some time. There was power to the building from the main line but after talking to one of the owners in Maryland it seems that there was no power in the building (main breaker shut off). A representative from the Fire Marshall’s Office and one from the Forest Rangers Service are responding to the scene in attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Goodbye July!

Posted on | August 1, 2014 | Comments Off

     July is gone, I am not sure where it went or how August got here so quickly.  The Lobster Festival is in full swing in Rockland (stay away if you want to keep your sanity intact) and before you know it the Union Fair will be here, the tell tale sign that Summer is coming to an end.  One thing is for sure we have had some great weather the past several weeks and people have taken full advantage of it, enjoying their time on the Lake.
    LoonTwins For those of you who may not have seen them yet, our Loon nest on Echo Island was finally successful, there is now a pair of baby Loons swimming around.  This was no doubt a “re-nest” given how late this hatch was and I am in hopes that they will survive and mature enough to make it out before the winter weather sets in.  These little chicks are like a magnet and have the power to draw you in for a closer look.  Please make every effort possible to keep your distance and allow them to be as stress free as possible.  Paul and I have already received several calls from concerned citizens about people getting too close to these little fellas, together maybe we can work together and help them out as much as we can.
     The large floating mass of land that was anchored by Pine Island was successfully moved to a safer and hopefully permanent location.  Last Sunday Paul and I tackled this project using his boat and the Lake boat.  I had two large home made hooks made up that were used to get a good bite on the land mass, tying off on both hooks Paul and I were able to tow and push the Island back into the bog and tie it off to Land.  The hooks are still in place and with any luck the Island will re-root in its new location and we will never have to deal with it again (fingers crossed).
     The YMCA has placed a large swimming course on the lake next to Barrett’s Cove.  This was something that was brought to my attention several weeks ago, I met with the representative from the Y at the suggested sight location where we went over ideas and safety concerns.  The plan was then proposed to the Camden Code Enforcement Officer who approved.  It is now in place and I am hoping that it will bring happiness to several young swimmers in the YMCA program.
See you on the Lake
Justin

Warden’s Report: July on the Lake

Posted on | July 17, 2014 | Comments Off

Lake Warden Report from Justin.

It doesn’t seem possible but July is half over. Minus a few rain storms here and there we have had a great stretch of weather. The 4th went well and there was a great turnout for the Norton Pond Pond boat parade. The Annual meeting, although hot, had a great turnout as well and the bird presentation was a great addition. I would like to thank Jill Glover and Steve Thomas for their service as Treasurer and President of the Megunticook Watershed Association, it has been a pleasure working with you both.

As of Sunday the Loon nest on Norton Pond was still active along with the nest on Echo Island. I hope that they will be successful and we will soon see a few more baby loons around the Lake. The baby loon near the Wiley Bog area is growing fast and seems to be changing every day. The annual state-wide Loon Count will be held this Saturday, July 19th, this will be the 31st year.

Boat traffic has really picked up around the Lake and Pond. I am seeing fewer and fewer paddle boarders without life vests but still encountering several boaters without enough for each person aboard their vessel. With the exception of some Headway Speed violations and “spotter” issues, everything is going well and there has not been any reported accidents or injuries….lets hope that continues. Our Courtesy Boat Inspectors at the boat ramps are doing well and I continue to hear great things about them on the Lake.

If you have not already noticed there is a VERY large floating grass island near Pine Island. For the moment this land mass seems to be stuck in place but we are not sure for how long. Saturday, with the help from Mr. Ledwith, I made an attempt to anchor it. Using a plank to walk on, a 50 lbs mushroom anchor and a long piece of rope Mr. Ledwith and I was able to secure it the best we could. Attempts will be made to remove this floating Island (somehow) before it causes a serious problem.

There is a great deal of debris in the water, this past week-end I removed three large logs floating in the water that were just under the surface. They were large enough so I had to use a rope and tow them in to shore because they were too heavy to lift. With rain in the forecast please use caution while on the lake and keep your eyes open, hitting one off these at any speed could be dangerous.

Justin

Annual Meeting Agenda

Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off

Megunticook
Watershed Association
Agenda
45th Annual Meeting, July 8, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.
Camp Bishopswood

1. Introductions, Opening Remarks- President Steve Thomas
a. Greeting from Mike Douglass, Director of Bishopswood
2. Sec’y Report- Wendy (motion to accept 2013 Annual Meeting Mins.)
3. Treasurer’s Report- Jill/Paul L.
a. Reports- Balance Sheet to date
b. ’13-’14 P & L Budget versus Actual
c. ’14-’15 budget (motion to accept)
4. Nominating Committee- Didi/Paul L.
a. Presentations
b. Report on new and renewing members of the Board of Directors and resignations (motion to accept as presented)
5. Ex.Dir. Report
6. Warden’s Report
7. Presentation- Hope Douglas, Wind over Wings: Raptor Rehab
Hope Douglas is a wildlife rehabilitator at Wind Over Wings. She will bring a American Kestrel (falcon), Saw-whet Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk to the meeting. These magnificent birds are unable to survive in their natural environment and have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Through these birds, Hope’s goal is to provide her audience a personal connection with wildlife that will foster responsible stewardship of the environment.
8. 8:15-8-30Adjourn for refreshments

Annual Meeting and 4th of July Boat Parade

Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off

To the MWA Membership,

You are all cordially invited to:

Camp Bishopswood
for the
45th
Megunticook Watershed Association
Annual Meeting
July 8th at 7:00 PM

Our featured speaker will be Hope Douglas, a wildlife rehabilitator at Wind Over Wings. She will bring a American Kestrel (falcon), Saw-whet Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk to the meeting. These magnificent birds are unable to survive in their natural environment and have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Through these birds, Hope’s goal is to provide her audience a personal connection with wildlife that will foster responsible stewardship of the environment. For more info on Wind over Wings go to : http://www.windoverwings.org/.

4th of July Boat Parade
Where? Norton Pond- start at Marriner’s Camp
When? 7-4-14 at 4:00PM
Costumes and flags encouraged!

Hope to see you all at the parade and the meeting!

More Loon Pics

Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off

Here’s some great pics by member Allison Maguire of Loons out in front of her camp.

Thanks Allison!

Enjoy!

Warden’s Report- Summer is Here! 6/26/14

Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off

It’s official, Summer has arrived. The last few week-ends have seen more and more activity on the Lake and I suspect the same this coming week-end as the current weather is going to break and bring sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Believe it or not, after that will the be the week-end of the 4th of July. I look forward to the boat parade on Norton and hope for a fun filled and safe week-end of events on the Lake.

Recent rainstorms both a week ago and in the last 24 hours has caused the lake water level to rise rapidly. I have received many calls of concern for the nesting Loons due to the high water levels. I am happy to report that I spotted a Loon chick with both parents near Little and Lutz Island, I had the pleasure of watching as one of the parents was catching small fish and feeding it to its young. The Loon on Norton was still on it’s nest last week-end and I am in hopes that we will soon see a little one (or two) in the near future (if they are not already out and about). There has been activity on the eagle nest, one of the pictures below shows the head of what I believe to be a young eagle in the nest……pray for the Loon baby’s.

The high water had caused me to move a few buoy’s around so they would be more visible. Last Monday I made a trip to Richmond (Dept. of Conservation) and picked up a few new buoys (Swim Area and Headway Speed) to replace a few that are not in the best of shape.
A large piece of floating grass was uprooted and sent adrift from behind Pine Island (due to high waters) and was seen floating down the Lake. The large piece of earth was aprox 30 feet across and could have caused serious property damage to anything in it’s path. Fortunately it found its way to a nice little secluded cove next to the Leeper property without causing any such damage. (Note from Leepers: We don’t need anymore real estate, the floating island may be towed back from whence it came!)

Fisherman are catching bass quite regularly around the Lake and Pond and I have seen and heard many success stories. There are still a few out trolling for trout and they too are having some luck. Boating traffic is picking up, water skiers and tubers are seen often. The occasional headway speed violation, no spotter, or lack of PFD’s are keeping me busy. I have been getting rave reviews about our new high school student Watershed Stewards at the boat ramps in just the short amount of time they have been working. People are happy to have the presence and they seem to be eager to work. I have gotten a few calls about how impressed people were with the amount of effort being put in to their duties at the boat ramp.

I recently met with the Coastal Mountain Land Trust’s Summer Stewart, Randi Fine and the two of us took a nice boat ride and shared notes and ideas for the up coming summer months and worked out how we will best work with each other. I have a meeting on Saturday morning at Bishopswood to meet the summer staff where I will be making a presentation about water safety and other concerns. Sunday I will be the “sweep boat” for the boat race that will begin at Barretts Cove.

I will see you on the Lake
Justin

Update on Lead Sinkers

Posted on | May 16, 2014 | Comments Off

Here is most recent Maine’s Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife interpretation on the use a sale of lead sinkers:

Lead Sinker Law/Interpretation

1) The Department will interpret the definition of lead sinker to include any tackle that is permanently manufactured to the lead itself. When measuring for a minimum of 2.5 inches, the manufactured tackle will be included in the measurement. This will not include any additional items that have been added to the original manufacturing device.

2) Please read the manufacturer’s label carefully to determine the weight of the lead sinker. If the lead is manufactured as part of other fishing tackle, the entire piece of equipment needs to be more than 1 ounce in weight.

3) The definition of a lead sinker DOES NOT include artificial lures, weighted line, weighted flies or jig heads.

4) If a lead sinker is over 2.5 inches in length or it weighs over 1 ounce or both it is legal to use and sell or offer for sale.

5) We will interpret the law to mean that it applies to Inland Waters NOT Tidal Waters.

6) If a sinker contains any amount of lead, it will be considered illegal if it doesn’t meet the length and weight requirements.

Reminder: Currently the law only prohibits the use and sale of lead sinkers that do not meet the length and/or weight requirements. The sale of bare lead jigs and use of bare lead jigs not meeting the length and/or weight requirements is currently legal but will be prohibited in September of 2016 and September 2017 respectively.

8) If you have additional questions relating to this topic feel free to look at Maine Audubon’s website at: http://maineaudubon.org/wildlife-habitat/legislative-action/loons/

Warden’s Report: Bouy Installation

Posted on | May 16, 2014 | Comments Off

Justin’s Warden Report:

I started to place a few buoy’s out in areas that I feel are high traffic or dangerous such as the channel markers between the Little Fangs, Rock Buoy off Crane Island, Hazard Buoy of Crane Island and Rock Buoy off Fang Island. I will be placing more buoys out a few at a time over the next few weeks and plan to have them all out by Memorial Day (week-end). I “kinda” hold off on placing the majority of them out before then due to the dock crew towing multiple docks at a time around the lake. In the past, if the Buoy’s were all out too early the dock crew would inadvertently get hung up on a Buoy and end up dragging it around the Lake with the docks in tow. The Dock Crew has been poking away and getting docks out a few at a time. I spoke to them yesterday and they hope to have them all out by the holiday week-end, they are a bit behind schedule but this is due to the weather (high winds) that does not seem to want to quit.

Critter Cam RIP

Posted on | May 16, 2014 | Comments Off

Hey folks,
Here’s another bunch of critter cam pics from Justin.

Enjoy

We talked about running the “Critter Cam” all year round and with winter over I have been trying to find new and different locations to set the camera up to capture pictures that were something different then deer. During the patrols I located a large poplar tree on Fang Island that was approx 12″ to 14″ across that a beaver had begun chewing on. Thinking this would be a great place to set the “Critter Cam” up, I did so last week-end.
Yesterday (Monday) I spent the day on the lake setting buoy’s, before calling it a day I went over to Fang Island to check on the “Critter Cam” to see if there had been any activity. THERE WAS………I was surprised to see that the tree the beavers had been chewing on was now on the ground, I did not anticipate that a beaver would chew through this tree that fast AND, of all the directions this tree could have fallen…….yup……..it landed directly on my camera. I was able to sort through all the parts and pieces and find the memory card.
Please enjoy these pictures as they will more then likely be the most expensive pictures I will send you. From the time I set the camera up it took TWO beavers to chew through that tree in a matter a 4 evenings.
Justin

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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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