Captured from the Kilnwood Nest Cam
The Loon Nesting has begun
On May 25 Kilnwood resident Mark Whary reported that he found an egg on the nesting platform. Watch the developments here on the Kilnwood Nest Cam. and the Kilnwood Web Cam.
News from the Weed Watchers
Lake Winnepesaukee Test Sites for 2015 - The committee has selected test areas that have been difficult to treat with success. We have discussed plans with NHDES and ACT (company that manages the chemical treatment).
1. NH DES will place a Benthic Barrier over a shoal to the east of Whaleback Island. This is a fairly level shoal without major boulders so the barrier will lay almost level. This will be removed after a year or two to keep it from becoming part of the bottom. (Benthic Barrier—a cover over an area to prevent the sunlight from reaching the milfoil, and thus preventing its growth.)
2. We plan to surround half of Lincoln Island (off Suissevale Beach) with a Curtain Barrier to hold the herbicide treatment within so that it will not become diluted in this nearly open area. This location has been a trouble spot because of large boulders and many smaller rocks. Reaching under the boulders to move other rocks, then digging in the hard pack to get the roots is time consuming.
Can It Be Used in New Hampshire's Waters?
EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Human Services recommends that "treated wood should not be used where it may come in direct or indirect contact with public drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as docks and bridges.” However, NHDES advises against using pressure treated wood in any waters of the state.
Read more about it here in this Fact Sheet from the NH Department of Environmental Services.
The Return of the Loon Web Cams
Later this Spring, the loon cams at Kilnwood will again be operational. Kilnwood resident Allen Rapp will put into operation 2 video cameras. A replacement (due to an internal failure) Web Cam trained on the loon platform from the shoreline of his property next to Camp Hawkeye; and a replacement (due to a lighting strike) Nest Cam on the loon nest platform.
The video feed from the Nest Cam goes to a receiver in Allen’s home and then to one of Allen’s home computers where it will be uploaded to a server on the Internet. The video feed from the Web Cam (itself a computer) is uploaded to the same server.
The Nest Cam will work at night. There is infrared illumination in the Nest Cam from a series of LEDs that automatically switch on and off at a set low ambient light level.
This low lighting does not bother the loons. The Web Cam camera does not have night vision although it still responds when there is a very low ambient light level.
These cameras will give viewers a fairly close view of the interaction of the loon pair around and on the nest. This will be an incredible opportunity to witness the hatching of loon chicks.
Links to the cams on the Kilnwood and here on the LKWA web site (www.kanasatka.org) will give us a live viewing of the nesting loons, allowing anyone to see the loons up close. It is also hoped that these camera views will help keep curious people away from the nesting area.
Keep your fingers crossed that once again this year our adult pair will have a successful hatching. And you can be right there!!
Light Pollution and the NH Dark Skies Policy
New Hampshire recently enacted a 'DARK SKIES POLICY' which recognizes the importance of keeping the natural darkness of rural skies at night and the detrimental effects of light pollution. A growing number of people are concerned about the effects of bright outdoor lighting on nocturnal animals, insects and certain plant species; interference with our ability to see stars and the night skies; and wasted energy.
While the new law currently applies only to public utilities and certain state agencies, it is expected that municipalities will soon adopt provisions to require reduced outdoor lighting and other measures to create more 'dark skies' in the town. The Moultonborough Planning Board discussed but did not create such a program this year, but may do so in the future.
Before then, let's all take a step towards creating a 'dark skies' environment on our lake, for the benefit of wildlife, plants that depend on consistent light cycles, and all our lake neighbors. Please become aware of when your outdoor spotlight is on, turn it off early in the evening if not needed, and replace the automatic timer with a single switch that requires you to make a decision when it is on rather than an automatic system. Try to think of other ways you can help reduce nighttime lighting so others in our lake community are not disturbed.
The World Wildlife Fund is again sponsors a Global Event called 'Earth Hour' or 'Hour of Darkness'. They ask all the world to turn off the lights for a short period to enjoy darkness and bring attention to climate change problems that may be caused in part by excessive energy demands http://www.darkskiesawareness.org/earth-hour.php
Here are some other ideas to reduce outdoor light pollution from the New Hampshire Landscapers Association. http://www.nhlandscapers.com/NH-Dark-Sky-Law.html
Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act
The NH Department of Environmental Services has made the following information available in PDF format for us to download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.
Other news and reports:
Archive of previous minutes of LKWA Meetings in our Lake Reports.
3. The third test will be to “vacuum” the milfoil from a similar boulder/rock shoal a little NW of Lincoln Island which is wide open to wave, wind and boat action. The test will be to see if pulling the tops off the milfoil for two years will stress the toots enough to kill the plant.
These various test areas will provide valuable information to plan future efforts to control/eradicate milfoil infestation of our lakes.
2015 Weed Watcher Training Sessions
You have two opportunities to attend training to refresh your skills or learn how to weed watch. Come review Weed Watcher assignments and reporting methods. Come meet other Weed Watchers.
Our 2015 Spring Newsletter is here. If you have not received one in the mail, the latest Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association newsletter is now available for download. Get your full color digital copy of the Spring 2015 Edition here. Past issues our newsletter are also available here.
The Latest Water Quality Report is here.
This report contains the findings of a water quality survey of Lake Kanasatka,
Moultonborough, New Hampshire, conducted in the summer of 2013 by the
University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology (CFB) in conjunction with the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association.
The report is written with the concerned lake resident in mind and contains
an executive summary that discusses the 2013 and historical water quality data.
Graphic display of data is included, in addition to listings of data in appendices, to aid visual perspective. A simplified and stand alone, three page, “Lake Kanasatka sampling highlight” document was also produced for distribution among interested residents and officials.
Click here for the full 2013 Lake Kanasatka report.
Some participants have expressed interest in a simplified report for distribution and the Highlight report is an attempt to meet those needs. Click here for an abbreviated three page highlight report.
Be Good Stewards of the Lake
The LKWA has created an informative poster outlining some guidlines on being a 'Good Steward' of the lake. Download this informative poster for your home or rental property.
LKWA Honors Ted Hilton
LKWA Founder Ted Hilton was presented with a New Hampshire shaped clock by President Jane Fairchild at the LKWA picnic meeting on August 9. The inscription read:
In Appreciation for Founding the
Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association (LKWA)
and for Over Forty Years of
Leadership and Faithful Stewardship of Our Lake.
The commemorative clock is a gift from the LKWA Advisory Board and Members to recognize Mr. Hilton's unique contributions to Lake Kanasatka.
At the Annual August Picnic Meeting, LKWA President Jane Fairchild also presented Ted Hilton with a LKWA T shirt, showing our appreciation for his years of dedication and stewardship. Ted, the former director of DeerHill Camp on Red Hill and a true founding father of the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association, has been a faithful friend of the lake for over 40 years.
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