It seems like the eagles are progressing in their, now, annual ritual. They sat on the eggs and now they are not sitting, they are standing. According to Chris Martin of NH Audubon, this means that there has been hatching. And, what can you do for the lake this year, to make it a better place? Oh, there are a number of things and some of them even save you money……
This photo was taken on May 7th and shows an eagle on the nest but not brooding. It was a warm day and apparently the eagle is “shading” the chicks from the sun. This is progress and instead of sitting hunkered down in the nest with little view, it is now possible to get a much better view of our beautiful lake! Now, I guess, there is the task of feeding the little guys or gals but there are fish in the lake.
So, what are the things that you can do to help our lake? Well, there are a number that come to mind:
1) Don’t bring firewood from anywhere to the lake if there is even a chance that there are bad bugs in it the bark. It is actually illegal to do it but the reality is that if you bring a few emerald ash borers with you or other invasive species (which you can’t see because they are under the bark), you may destroy lots of trees.
2) Don’t even think of putting phosphate fertilizer on your lawn. There are three numbers on bags of fertilizers. The middle one is related to the amount of phosphate and should be a big, fat zero. Yes, a zero. If you want to grow a lawn like the one at Kingswood Golf Club, don’t put any phosphate on your lawn. They don’t. There is enough phosphate in the soil to make the grass grow and adding phosphate helps to make flowers which are not really needed on your lawn. The phosphate will only help the algae to bloom and this is not what we want in our lake. No phosphate fertilizer should actually save you money…..
3) If you see a weed that looks different in your area, ask someone who knows if it is a bad one. The invasive Milfoil looks like a green coon-tail but there are others that may also be a problem.
4) Look around your property and see if there are places where water runs straight into the lake. This is bad for the lake because phosphates from sources like dog poop will flow into the lake with the water. If you can, it would be great to make a buffer zone or a “water garden”. This makes the water slow down and seep into the ground before it goes into the lake and the plants then use the phosphate and keep it out of the lake.
There have now been a number of days in the 70s and the sun is now high in the sky. The water will be warming and you need to think about getting back here. Those who are fortunate to be here year round enjoy the lake all the time but they also enjoy the warm months, too. Black flies have just hatched but they will be gone before too long. Come on back……….
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