Posted on | October 18, 2014 | No Comments
MWA members and Friends of Ken Bailey,
You are all invited to the Third Annual Ken Bailey Memorial get-together on the occasion of Ken’s birthday, October 22, at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It should be a lot of fun again this year as we get an opportunity to laugh and share “Ken Stories”. It will be a “no-host” bar (pay for your own) and a minimum contribution of $10.00 for appetizers. All proceeds over that will go to the Ken Bailey Scholarship Fund so be sure to bring more than $10 as it is a great way to keep the memory of a wonderful person alive.
So mark it on your calenders, this event will truly benefit a great scholarship fund in honor of a great guy. We have already received a number of contributions from folks “from away” so if you can’t make it, and want to contribute, please make checks payable to “Ken Bailey Scholarship Fund” and send to the address below.
Hope to see you all there, please RSVP to me by return email so Brian at the Publick House knows how many appetizers to make.
PS: Here’s a pic of the lake yesterday, thanks Leslie S. !
Posted on | October 10, 2014 | No Comments
Warden’s Report from Justin:
Well it’s that time of year again (love it), I have started to remove buoys from the Lake. To date every marker buoy north of Teal Rock has been removed from the Lake and Norton Pond. I am happy to report another year has gone by without the loss or damage of a single buoy. For those of you that do not know, I use new rope every year and electrical tape every knot. Prior to the MWA “taking over” the buoy program it seemed I was always chasing a broken-free buoy or having to find a replacement for one that broke free and was damaged. Having the buoys stored all winter in the Jones’s boat house has made such a huge difference in the ease of this process. Thank you Hillary and David.
Removing the buoys is a dirty job and the boat takes the brunt of it. I remove four to five buoys at a time and take them to the boat house where I then scrub them clean of all the slime. This was never done in the past (in my time) and it makes all the difference in the world the next spring when it is time to start handling them again. I also have the luxury of storing them so they stand upright which allows any water to drain that was collected inside the buoy.
I am in hopes of having all the buoys removed from the Lake, cleaned and stored, by next week. Please use caution if you are going to venture out on to the Lake, the water is lower now and not having the buoys present could result in a busted up prop. And just because there are no “Headway Speed” buoys present does not mean that the law no longer applies…….boaters unclear on this concept could be seen with-in minutes of removing them.
Note: The new camera seems to be fitting the needs so far, it does not have the zoom capabilities the old one had but it takes a very nice picture.
Posted on | September 6, 2014 | Comments Off
Labor Day has come and gone , I really enjoy this time of year going forward because it seems every day brings something new on the Watershed. Slowly the Lake will become quieter, docks will be disappearing, leaves will soon be changing and the days will become shorter and bring cooler temperatures. However this week has brought some of the more warmer weather that we have seen for most of the summer. All and all we have had a great summer weather wise, I cannot recall the last time we had a summer that brought with it the amount of sun and great temperatures that we have had this year. Fall will officially be here in three weeks (09/23).
Posted on | August 7, 2014 | Comments Off
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.
Posted on | August 1, 2014 | Comments Off
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.
Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off
45th Annual Meeting, July 8, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.
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.
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
Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off
To the MWA Membership,
You are all cordially invited to:
Megunticook Watershed Association
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!
Posted on | July 2, 2014 | Comments Off
Here’s some great pics by member Allison Maguire of Loons out in front of her camp.
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