Posted on | July 29, 2016 | No Comments
Come on Down!
Posted on | July 22, 2016 | No Comments
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
Diving beetle (Platambus maculatus)
Darner dragonfly nymph (Aeshnidae)
Needle bug nymph (Ranatra linearis)
Posted on | July 19, 2016 | No Comments
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
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 !!!
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
Posted on | June 16, 2016 | Comments Off on 46th Annual Maine Lakes Conference
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Join us at the 46th Annual Maine Lakes Conference! This year we look to the future of Maine lakes monitoring and protection, and the myriad ways citizens can get involved in lakes protection. Our Keynote Speaker, Holly Ewing of Bates College, will introduce us to the latest research on Gloeotrichia blooms and GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, which is helping scientists and citizens alike better understand and communicate the way lakes are responding to our changing climate.
Additional Workshops include:
- Cyanotoxins and Maine’s developing Public Alert System for Harmful Algal Blooms
- What’s that stuff in the water? The appearance of metaphyton and other algae in our lakes and ponds
- Long term, statewide collaborative lake monitoring efforts
- Special guest Friends of Lake Winnecook
- The latest “Get Smart” tips from LakeSmart and StreamSmart
- Hands on instruction with lake monitoring technology
- Our new partnership with Maine Audubon’s Loon Program
- Creative tools for translating water quality data into meaningful communications
- Fisheries restoration and impacts on wildlife
- Nature Journaling ~ Art Exhibit
- Lunchtime breakouts: Council of Lake Associations, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Invasive Plant Monitoring FAQ’s
The annual conference will be at the fabulous Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. FMI: Cheryl Daigle, Executive Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 207-817-3360
Posted on | June 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Protecting the Megunticook Watershed- Camden Public Library June 7, 7:00PM
Paul Leeper, Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA), will present an illustrated talk on “Protecting the Megunticook Watershed” on the Megunticook Watershed Association’s LakeSmart and Watershed Stewards Programs at the Camden Public Library Tuesday evening, June 7, at 7:00 pm. Leeper will discuss the LakeSmart program that offers FREE opportunities for homeowners to learn how to manage their home and yard to protect the water quality of their lake or pond. The goal of LakeSmart is to change the increasingly common suburban landscaping practices around lakes to more natural, lake-friendly environments. He will show how to prevent stormwater runoff in ways that are both effective and attractive.
He will also discuss the Watershed Stewards Program. This project educates area students on the problems our water resources are facing and trains them in methods to combat these threats. “We train our Watershed Stewards to conduct Courtesy Boat Inspections, Invasive Plant Patrols, and conduct water quality monitoring,” he said. Leeper will also report on the Courtesy Boat Inspections (which prevents invasive aquatic plants like milfoil from entering our waters); the Invasive Aquatic Plant Surveys- where stewards search for invasive plants in Megunticook Lake and Norton Pond; and, Water Quality Monitoring- where the stewards measure water clarity and dissolved oxygen levels.
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