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Dave McCullough

Do you remember last year about this time going into the Schoolhouse and sitting down to the best breakfast you had consumed in a long time?  Well, head on down to the Schoolhouse this Saturday, May 14th and enjoy a similar meal.  The ladies are serving from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Be sure and get there while the food is hot and the choices are many!  (You may even hear from the next table where the prize fish are being caught).

Now is the time to be fishing in Washington County!

“The fishing is great, everything is coming alive,” said IFW fisheries biologist Greg Burr. “Streams have warmed and are producing brook trout, salmon are still on top and biting in area lakes and bass are beginning to move into shallower water. Reports are coming with some very good catches at West Grand Lake, Branch Lake and Beech Hill Pond.

At Branch, they are catching some beautiful salmon in the 19-22 inch range, and Beech Hill is producing nice salmon as well,” said Burr. “On West Grand, most of the salmon are in the 16-19 inch range, and they are experiencing great catch rates.” On West Grand Lake, one angler even caught a 35 inch togue.

On Grand Lake Stream, salmon have started to move throughout the river. The river was also recently stocked with brook trout, giving anglers and added bonus. There is also a kids’ only fishing area in the canal that was also recently stocked with brookies.

Other trout ponds you might want to try include Indian Lake in Whiting, Salmon pond in Township 30, Berrypatch Pond in Township 31 and West Pike Pond in Deblois. Jones Pond in Gouldsboro is also gaining in popularity as anglers are catching some nice rainbows there. Now is just a great time to be out there fishing,” said Burr.

Thanks Colin for this report from the Downeast Lakes Land Trust! On Friday night, over 20 interested participants enjoyed a presentation about the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the community conservation work being done in the Grand Lake Stream region.  Several of those folks came out on Saturday morning for a tour of the Farm Cove Community Forest and viewed some of the recent and upcoming habitat restoration and forestry work of DLLT.

On Saturday, May 21st, DLLT and the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club will be holding the 2nd Annual Community and Forest Clean-up.  Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8:30 am to receive their trash bags and area assignment.  As a thank you, a hearty lunch of soup will be served at noon for all participants for this annual community event.  For more information, or to pre-register for this program, please call DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.  

Working with Partners to Create Wildlife Habitat: By Sarah Spencer, Region C Wildlife Biologist.

In the Downeast region a recent example of collaboration came in mid-April when Region C Wildlife Biologists participated in an effort that was organized by the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to create nesting habitat on a small seabird nesting island in Blue Hill Bay.  Common terns, the most numerous seabird species nesting on this particular island, prefer to nest on sand and gravel near one end of the island.  Only a strip of this habitat which is approximately 5 feet wide exists between the mean high tide line and tall vegetation.   The risk is that an extremely high tide or high tide accompanied by a storm surge can wash over a substantial portion of the nesting area taking nests and even young tern chicks with it.  Several years ago a single storm resulted in the loss of 95% of the island’s tern nests.

For this project, USFWS staff transported working partners to the 11.2 acre island by special watercraft that can carry both equipment and personnel.  Our goal for the two day effort sounded relatively simple: create more tern nesting habitat protected from wave action.  

Once the rank vegetation was mowed, we staked out the boundaries of the project and began unrolling and securing landscape fabric to the ground. We spent the remainder of time on the island shoveling sand and gravel into tracked carts which were then used to transport and dump the material onto the landscape fabric.  Others then raked and spread the gravel to grade it to a uniform depth.  After two days of hard labor moving about 80 yds3 of material, this island now has 4,500 ft2 of new tern nesting habitat which is secure from flooding.  Later this month two seasonal technicians will arrive to apply finishing touches such as driftwood and larger rocks in the nesting area, and will monitor the results of these efforts for 12 weeks. Interested in learning more? Go to http://maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/species/birds/seabirds.html for information about seabirds and the habitats they use.

 

Your humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.