Do enjoy the summer, the water temperature is in the 70s and we are supposed to have nicer weather going forward. The cold and the wind is supposed to depart so the Summer is going to be warm and sunny. We do need to think about some things, however, to protect our lake and make everyone have a good time on the lake. The Stamp Act Committee has also been doing things to protect Stamp Act Island.
There are things we need to do to protect our lake and have a safe season on the lake and there are things that we should do to protect our lake and also have a safe time at the lake. Also, please respect our nesting loons and pay attention when boating so as not to run over the chicks that can’t dive for a few weeks after they hatch.
The Stamp Act Committee works to try to protect our uninhabited island. It is a treasure and needs everyone to help protect it. New signs have been place on the North Beach indicating that no dogs are allowed on the island. The existing small sign did not seem to deter people so a few new signs have been added. The “path” inland from the sandbar has been blocked so that people who don’t know the rules won’t be tempted to just take a “look around”. Again, there will be a guided hike on the island. This will be on August 12th. If you haven’t been on this trip, you can sign up with the NH Nature Conservancy. If you have been, let others enjoy the trip.
In the bird update department, the eagle chick seems to be doing well and the first of July is about when it should leave the nest for the first time. There seem to be nesting loons although only one nest has been positively identified. The normal Ring Billed Gulls are here (although they don’t nest here) and the cormorants are also here. There are a few Mallard ducks that seem to have been fed but remember that feeding the ducks (or allowing geese to be near your beach) encourages the parasites that produce “swimmers itch”. Don’t feed the ducks and discourage geese from nesting or being in your area.
This loon is on a nest and is hiding well. Unless you knew exactly where it was, it would be hard to see. This is a VERY good nesting site. The photo was taken with a 1200 mm telephoto lens and then cropped so it was taken from a respectable distance. The loon never moved.
In the “Do”s and “Don’t”s Department:
1) Do boat safely with appropriate PFDs and this includes those who windsurf or paddle board. Paddle boarders also need to realize that if their PFD is tied on the board and floats away in a strong wind, they may have to swim a long way unless they have a leash.
2) Don’t bring firewood from out of state. We don’t need the bugs that may be living in it. Emerald Ash Borers arrived in Concord, NH. We don’t need them here. Do burn local wood. It helps the local economy, too.
3) Don’t feed the ducks and geese. They will poop on your shore and may cause swimmer’s itch as a result.Do enjoy our birds, including the eagles from a distance. If a loon is “dancing” near your boat it is trying to get you to leave. Please don’t stress them more and leave.
4) Don’t drive water skiers if you are not looking forward in the boat. The observer makes sure the skier is OK and you have to make sure that all boats and people in front of your boat are OK. You also could run over a baby loon (or canoe or kayak) and this is not a good thing. Do have one observer (not the driver) for each person being towed.
5) Do pay attention to boating laws. They are in place to save lives.Also, tell your friends, neighbors, anyone you can about the dangers of bringing invasive species into the lake. Zebra Mussels, and Asian Clams can go from lake to lake. Clean your bilges and make sure there aren’t plants stuck on your motor or boat trailer or boat. Now, boaters are encouraged to remove the drain plugs from their boats. These invasives will hurt our lake.Recently, Lake Sunapee lake hosts “saved” zebra mussels from getting into the lake. All boaters, including kayakers and canoers need to pay attention to these invasive species.
6) Do pay attention to lightning danger. People are rarely struck but don’t let it be you.
7) Don’t try to use your cross country skis as water skis, they are not wide enough.
8) Do think about what you are putting into the lake whether it is litter, phosphate from fertilizer or a leaky septic system.
Enjoy your lake and also help to protect it.