There could be as many as four loon nests on Ossipee Lake this year, and a handful of volunteers from all points on the lake help keep them safe.
An opportunity to work outdoors, meet people, and help keep invasive plants from entering the lake awaits a handful of lucky individuals who are selected for this year’s Lake Host program on Ossipee Lake.
The dam gates are closed, the water level is rising, and black flies are back. It’s almost summer.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson and protects more than 1,025 species. All other legislation pertinent to the safety of our native birds is amended to this important bill, which reflected the plight of avian life in those times. The Act ended the millinery trade, which was selling feathers from egrets and the like, making such ornamentation a societal no-no.
Ice-out was Saturday, April 21, at 9 p.m., according to Bob Smart, who enlisted seven observers from around the lake this year to help pinpoint the date. It’s the fourth latest ice-out date since records have been kept for our lake. While Danforth Pond and other bodies of water in the area remain ice-covered, spring and warm temperatures are well on the way.