Archive for the ‘Lake Environment’ Category

A Loon on her Nest

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Can hatchlings be far behind?

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Photo by David Matthews

Success! We have one loon chick.

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

This morning I observed an adult loon near the nesting raft swimming with a single loon chick. As I observed, the chick swam behind the adult and then tucked in under a lifted wing. The adult then swam a little ahead and the chick quickly caught up again. Unless there was another chick still in the nest or perhaps under the other wing, it would appear that we have just one chick from this year’s efforts. We have kept an eye on the nesting loons several times each day and this is the first sighting of a chick. At all other times there was a loon on the nest while the other one was either down the lake or swimming nearby. The only change in behavior during the past couple days is that the loon on the nest was more often sitting upright and turning its head back and forth in a more vigilant manner (as opposed to the usual posture of hunkering down low with its head parallel to the water). Also, yesterday evening the second loon was lingering very close to the nesting raft rather than venturing off. This suggested to us that something was different.

The nesting raft worked wonderfully (even during the recent high water following the floods this past weekend) and this particular corner of the north end was well protected and easy to cordon off with the six warning buoys you gave us. I observed a variety of boats in the area but they always respected the signs. The vegetation on the raft provided good shelter and shade on hot days. Good work!

(above is a letter from a nearby resident to the scientist from Vermont Center for Ecostudies who has been so helpful)

Our Young Loon is Learning to Fly

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Just in time for his/her first migration.

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Photo: Jim and Sharon Morgan

Q and A with Loon Expert Eric Hanson

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Inspired by the Lake Fairlee loons, Vermont’s loon expert was kind enough to answer some (mostly serious) questions for Northern Woodlands about loons generally.

 

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Click on the image above to read the interview with Eric Hanson, a biologist for the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, on the Northern Woodlands website.

Pictures of our Loon Chick

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
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Photo by Tig Tillinghast

Finally some photos of our lake’s newest resident.  S/he has been seen at many locations on the lake, in the company of one or both parents.

The juveniles are able to catch their own fish within two months and take flight at about 11 weeks. They are fully on their own at 12 weeks, when the parents begin migration in the fall. At this time, the young form flocks on northern lakes and follow suit a few weeks later. Once they reach the coastal ocean waters, the loons remain there for two years, returning in the third to the northern lakes where they were born to live a routine adult life.

The following photos were supplied by Jim and Sharon Morgan, taken from their dock, on August 24th.   The chick is probably about four weeks old.

With both parents

With both parents

 

They are clearly beginning flight training and the chick now dives for 10 - 15 seconds

They are clearly beginning flight training and the chick now dives for 10 – 15 seconds

 

Loon Update

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The following was received from a LFA member who lives on the lake near the Loons’ nest:

“We can confirm that the two loons nesting on Lake Fairlee have hatched a single baby chick. I watched it swimming between the parents this evening in the vicinity of the sandbar where it was hatched. The parents are very attentive. Apparently they made all sorts of interesting calls throughout the night. We will keep a close eye on our lake’s newest resident!”

August 3, 2016 at 7:48:14 PM EDT

More Information on the Nesting Loons

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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We are glad to direct you to an informative article written by our friend/neighbor/photographer who captured the photos on our earlier post.  Read it HERE.

We are hoping soon to post a photo of the newly hatched baby loons.  But we need your help, and are declaring a no-contest.  Please send your entries to skip@lakefairlee.org.  No-prizes will be awarded.

Nesting Loons on the Lake

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

This year for the first time in many years our resident loons have successfully built a nest and are expecting.

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One of the prospective parents sitting on the nest.

Their nest is located in the mouth of Blood Brook.

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The loon stretches its neck and lowers its head while fishermen are nearby

As of a few days ago there are no hatchlings as yet, but the parents are tending the eggs in shifts and we are hopeful.

Please respect their privacy and give the area a wide berth.

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies operates the Vermont Loon Conservation Project.  Lots more information at their website.

New Vermont Law Promises Healthier Lakes

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Shoreland Protection Act

The Vermont Legislature has passed a new law that restricts development within 250 feet of any lake in the state greater than ten acres.  The flyer below is the best summary of the Act’s provisions we have found to date.

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Click above for two page summary

The law is effective beginning July 1st of this year.  The DEC is quickly gearing up to issue permits, and to field questions about the law’s terms and exceptions.  At this point it seems to us that it cannot help but benefit the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Shoreland Protection Act: LINK

The full text of the new law: HERE.

New 25 page Handbook for Shoreland Development: LINK

Interesting Lake Health Piece on VPR

Friday, June 7th, 2013

On Vermont Edition this week there was a ten minute segment about lake health in Lake Memphremagog.  The part of this lake which is in Quebec is governed by strict laws protecting its shorelines.  The interviewee is a person who patrols the lake and shoreline and reports infringing construction, destruction of the buffer, etc.  Fascinating.

Click HERE.