This week we are keeping close to the lake for the newsletter. A passing storm Saturday evening left behind a vivid rainbow.
Our Loon Family
Pearl is doing great as she continues to shed her baby fluff and test her wings. Hard to believe, Pearl was 8 weeks old when this picture was taken last week.
Wednesday we visit Placido in Maine. Hopefully we will get some pictures for the next newsletter, though we hear he is a bit shy of visitors.
On August 7th, we were poking around in Turtle Cove after checking the loons. As luck would have it, a mature bald eagle paid a visit and we were able to get some photos to share.
“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’ ” – Rachel Carson (Carson, Rachel, and Charles Pratt. The Sense of Wonder. New York: Harper & Row, 1965)
Whenever I see a Bald Eagle I thank Rachel Carson. It was her clear warning (Silent Spring, 1962) about the perils of DDT and declining bird populations that began the environmental movement to protect fellow creatures and their habitats. By 1972, DDT was banned and eagle populations were slowly beginning to recover. Although protected by law from hunting and trade since 1940, The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was another huge step for Bald Eagles and other species. Increasing from 417 pairs in 1963 to 11,040 pairs in 2007, Bald Eagles were removed from the threatened and endangered list.
Bald Eagles were on New Hampshire’s Threatened and Endangered Wildlife List until March 2017. They are now listed as “Special Concern”, and are legally protected in the state. Since the first Bald Eagle pair returned to NH in 1988, a total of 497 chicks have fledged in the state, 70 just last year.
The berry challenge is on!
Monarchs need more than Milkweed
As the new monarch adults begin to emerge and the current adults are still laying eggs, nectar is a vital resource for them. They will need a lot of fuel to fly to Mexico! If you do plant milkweed in your yard for the Monarchs, make sure you also provide lots of nectar sources for the adults.
The Monarch Butterflies that will soon become adults around here will be flying to Mexico for the winter. That is where their grandmothers spent last winter. There is no butterfly here now that has ever been to the overwintering sites in Mexico, yet that is where they are going, somehow, on their own. If all goes well, some of their grandchildren will be back here next summer. How?? We know parts of how they navigate and have some guesses on how information about just where to go might be transferred across generations. Maybe one of your grandkids will figure it out.
Meanwhile, lets take another look at Queen Anne’s Lace because it is also involved in food we eat.
Photos by Jen Esten and Jon Waage