Check out the Events Calendar: Many new PWA events have been listed on the Events Calendar - check back often!
Memorial Day, May 27, 2:00-4:00 – Big Ducky Debut: Float Test and Naming Contest, a family-friendly ducky fundraiser featuring the launch of a gigantic Styrofoam ducky into Biscay Pond to see if she floats. Enjoy a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs on the shorefront lawn of PWA member Mary Berger’s private residence off Fogler Rd in Bremen. Enjoy other fun surprises and get a chance to suggest a name for the Big Ducky. Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under; available from the PWA office or by calling 563-2196.
HELP WANTED – NATURE CENTER STAFF NATURALIST:
PWA seeks a Staff Naturalist to work at the Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center at the Pemaquid Beach Park in Bristol, Maine.
This position entails 30 hours per week during July and August. The
work week is Tuesday through Saturday day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(6 hours/day). Payroll is processed biweekly. This is a part-time, seasonal, hourly wage position with no benefits. A full job description is available here (pdf file).
By June 1: Applicants must submit a cover letter, resumé, and three recent job-related references for consideration via email to firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN: Donna Minnis, Pemaquid Watershed Association Executive Director. FMI call 563-2196 or email
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
Joan Johnson of Topsham will be showing her paintings at the PWA office suite in downtown Damariscotta from May 13 through June 21 in an exhibit entitled, “As Scene in Maine.” The public is invited to a wine-and-cheese opening reception for Johnson on Friday, May 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at PWA.
Johnson is a plein air artist primarily of Maine locations, including the dock at Round Pond and the Darrows Barn at Round Top. She likes to paint with watercolor because of its transparency and versatility, enabling her to catch light in the movement of the day. Since retiring to Maine, she has continued her interest in painting en plein air and is outside at every opportunity with her paint, easel, and artist friends.
The “As Scene in Maine” exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. by visiting PWA above Salt Bay Café. Johnson is donating 35% of proceeds from sales to support PWA’s mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.
The Spring 2013 edition of the Watershed Watch newsletter is available online on our newsletter page (2.0 Mb pdf file). Check it out!
10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOYLE PRESERVE AND THE FIRST – Celebrating Ten Years of Partnership in 2013!
PWA is very grateful for this long and productive partnership with The First. The First's annual sponsorship of Doyle Preserve helps PWA maintain the preserve, from kiosk and educational shed to trails, providing for safe and enjoyable public access to 20 acres of woodland and 1200 feet of Pemaquid Pond shorefront. The First was in fact the very first business to participate in PWA's Adopt-A-Trail Program, blazing the path for the success of this important PWA program
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
• 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: Standpipe Redemption on Mills Road in Newcastle (next to Lincoln County Publishing) is now accepting bottle returns with pro-ceeds 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).