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TICKETS ON SALE FOR 9TH ANNUAL SUNSET CRUISE FOR A CAUSE: Explore Muscongus Sound on the Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Ninth Annual Sunset Cruise for a Cause with Hardy Boat Cruises on Sunday, September 7. The two-hour cruise will begin at 5:00 p.m, departing from Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor. The planned route features a round-about tour of the Sound, from Seal Ledge, into Round Pond, and with a view of Franklin Island Light; the route may be modified at the discretion of the Captain. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars for the best viewing of harbor seals and porpoises that abound in the bay.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided courtesy of Rising Tide Community Market, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $35 each and are available at the PWA office at 15 Courtyard Street in Damariscotta (side entrance by Salt Bay Café) or by phone at 207-563-2196. Last year’s Cruise for a Cause completely sold out, so eager participants are encouraged to reserve tickets now.
PWA thanks Rising Tide for sponsoring this event and Hardy Boat Cruises for their ongoing support.
NOTES: The route is subject to weather and may be modified at the discretion of the Captain. We will meet at 4:30 at Shaw’s Wharf. All vehicles must park in ball field. (Parking fee of $3.00 per vehicle) In the event that the Captain determines that the cruise cannot happen, it will be rescheduled; no refunds. FMI on directions, parking or the Hardy Boat outfit, see www.hardyboat.com.
FALL BIRD SEED ORDERS ACCEPTED NOW: Remember your Feathered Friends and help PWA by ordering bird seed now! An order form is available here to download – good prices, great cause!
Orders are due by Thursday, September 25th. Seeds will be available for pickup on Saturday, October 18th.
SUMMER 2014 NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE NOW! Check out the lastest edition of the Watershed Watch to stay abreast of all that's happening with your PWA.
PWA First Maine Affiliate of KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL: PWA celebrated official affiliation with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, at the Education Center at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. PWA is the very first Maine Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.
A team of volunteers hand-selected by PWA for their dedication to litter prevention and their skillset completed survey and analysis projects that qualified PWA for acceptance as an Affiliate. The team included Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland, Joan Panek, Louise Riley, and Linda Shaffer.
The people, L to R, are Sue Smith (the KAB trainer), Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland (as the Anti-Trash Queen), Donna Minnis, Peggy Drake, Louise Riley, Linda Shaffer, Joan Panek, and Susan Foster
PWA’s “Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful” initiative will bolster PWA’s work to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.
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!
“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).