Well, there were lots of people interested in going to the interior of Stamp Act. On August 7th, two groups went out with Peter Goodwin of the Stamp Act Committee and Jeff Lougee of the Nature Conservancy. Jeff had found some rare orchids so they became part of the tour which included the black gum swamp and the heron swamp. On August 21st, an overflow group went out to repeat the tour.
The tour passed the old eagle nesting tree. The previous trip had found dropped fish at the base of the tree. This time, there was a 5 inch long fishing lure with two three gang hooks. Apparently, the eagles had eaten around the lure that probably had made the fish easy pickings for the eagles because it was lolling around the surface. The issue is that if there had been lead sinkers on the lure that the fish had bit at, that lead could get into the eagle and kill it in the same way lead kills loons. With the new law and the prohibition of small lead sinkers for fishing, this should help bot eagles and loons.
The three bird orchids that were seen on the first trip were all wilted but some of the people on the trip found some others that were just blooming. The picture on the left is a blooming plant that shows only very small leaves and is about 2 inches tall. The one on the right is one that was seen on the first trip and has grown a bit but the bloom has faded.
It is true that the island is beautiful (like most NH woods) but perhaps because it is a low island the plants haven’t suffered too much with the drought. The ferns and woods are lush and everyone seemed to enjoy the trip.
The group saw the black gum with the sphagnum moss around it. They saw the orchids and also the hollow hemlock that was struck by lightning and burned with the fire department putting out the fire. They also visited the now overgrown heron swamp that is very thick with brush. Sometimes, crows will use it as a meeting place but there are no herons using it now for nesting.