Inspired by a project conducted in the Kezar Lake Watershed
by Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates, the Association is seeking
funding to conduct a common loon (Gavia
immer) study on both Great and Long Ponds to develop a comprehensive plan in order to
support and grow the loon population in a sustainable manner. With this plan,
we will be better prepared to establish and maintain nesting areas that are
sensible and well-protected.
Volunteers on the two lakes have always understood the
significant of these beautiful birds within our environment. Each year, many
volunteers canvas the waters for loons in support of the annual Audubon Loon
Count. These loon-lovers along with the BLA and like stewards of the environment are willing and able; with the necessary funding and resulting study, to better assist and educate all of the volunteers and maximize their impact on the region.
The Belgrade Lakes Association, consisting of 560 members as of late 2018, continues to work
hard to foster strong relationships in an effort to create a sustainable
environment within the watershed. The Association has been involved in providing
educational opportunities in the region related to water quality and the
environment; we have also been working cooperatively with Colby College on
several water quality-related initiatives, served as the region’s leader in
milfoil remediation and prevention, provided support for the study and
treatment of phosphorus-related blooms, as well as providing support for land
conservation in order to protect the water resources.
The impact of weather on our environment can be
significant and we must gain a better perspective of its impact on our
resources. These changes have impacted the common loon and its habits within
the region. We understand that pollutants have an impact on the loon
population so we all must strive to minimize such negative effects. Our Association seeks
to be proactive in supporting our loon population.
The targeted study is to be completed by Lee Attix, a
demonstrated research and conservation professional. The project would include
a comprehensive study of the watershed area, a survey of the two lakes,
consulting on effective loon management strategies, public presentations,
volunteer training, contaminant analysis, among other helpful, important tasks
to enable the Belgrade Lakes Association to leverage its volunteer pool in
protecting and strengthening the common loon population.
Number of People
Served by the Project: 5,900 year-round residents, plus an approximate 4,400 seasonal
Served by the Project: The primary focus of this project will take place within
the watersheds of Great Pond and Long Pond in the towns of Rome, Belgrade, and
Mount Vernon, within Kennebec County, Maine. The project covers approximately
133 square miles, of which 26.5 acres is water.
Time frame for
the Project: 2019-2020, primarily depending on weather.
Natural loon nest upper Long Pond 2019
Man-made floating nest upper Long Pond 2019
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