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ANNOUNCING PWA LOON LOVERS: There is a now a new way for you to show your support of PWA’s work. The Loon Lovers Membership Program is designed for those who appreciate the ease and convenience of paying their PWA membership dues via an automatic recurring monthly charge to a credit or debit card. The success stories for monthly giving programs are countless, and the benefits are huge for both the non-profit and the donor. See our Membership page for more information, also page 9 of our Spring Newsletter (see below)!
PWA Watershed Watch Spring 2014 Newsletter Hot Off The Press: Read all about what's happening at PWA! Download your copy from our Newsletter Page and enjoy!
Crystal McLain of Bristol will exhibit her artistic creations at the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) office gallery in downtown Damariscotta from April 21 through May 30. The theme of her exhibit is “Lucid Nature by The Fortuitous Canvas”. The public is invited to a wine-and-cheese opening reception for McLain on Friday, April 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at PWA.
McLain takes a limitless approach when it comes to expressing her creativity. She creates using whatever medium is inspired in the moment, whether pencil, watercolors, acrylics, tempera batiks, sculpture, or collage. She believes being thoughtful about one’s process in almost anything can result in something artistic. She named her business The Fortuitous Canvas to reflect her awe when a creation comes out well.
The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. by visiting PWA above Salt Bay Café. McLain is donating 35% of proceeds from sales to support PWA’s mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.
“Wings Over the Pemaquid River”, a 6½ -minute video of spectacular aerial photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weBQsjqYxSc
Tips for viewing the video on YouTube: Play the video with your speakers on and with the image at full screen and high resolution. Adjust resolution by clicking on the Settings "gear" icon at the lower-right of the screen.
Tackle Exchange Program in PWA Office: Lead poisoning is the number one cause of death of adult loons in New England, and was linked to the death of a loon in Pemaquid Pond this past July. Symptoms may be severe and fast and include disorientation and lethargy, making diving and flying difficult, and ultimately leading to death. Loons may ingest lead sinkers or tackle when eating fish which have tackle attached or have ingested sinkers themselves, or when lost sinkers are ingested along with rocks from the lake bottom when loons fill their gizzards with rocks (gizzards are organs that help birds to grind up food without the use of teeth).
PWA has started a tackle exchange program in the office, where anglers can exchange their lead sinkers and jigs for non-lead alternatives, for free, and they are making plans for more educational seminars on this topic for next spring
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1966, it was not until the late ’80s that Pemaquid Watershed Association formally became a Land Trust. In 1988, the PWA Board of Directors made the bold decision to move PWA to the next level as an organization and take on the role and responsibility of maintaining land in perpetuity. now owns 8 nature preserves and holds 13 conservation easements.
Thank you to all the private property owners who have chosen to protect their land by donating the land - or a conservation easement on the land - to PWA. The protected properties are a legacy that will be
• Lake or Pond?? We often are asked why is Pemaquid a "Pond" rather than a "Lake" ... or more generally, what is the difference between a Pond and a Lake? Here is some infomation from The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program to shed some light on that question!
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• Outdoors Tips: Enjoy all that our area has to offer - but be aware of potential challenges.
- Ticks may be out early this year and active late - be careful outdoors at home and away. Take a look at the Maine State Site for some good information on ticks and lyme disease.
• ANNOUNCEMENT: Hilltop Stop Redemption on Mills Road in Newcastle (next to Lincoln County Publishing) is now accepting bottle returns with proceeds directed to PWA. Just let them know to send your redemption amount to PWA. It's that easy. They are open Mon-Sat from 8-5. They also do business pick-ups (to arrange, call 563-1520).