Maine Audubon's Loon Autopsy Report
At the Fall 2015 CPA meeting, Chris Shields spoke about receiving autopsy results from Maine Audubon on the dead loon found last September. Details from the letter sent to Chris follow:
The bird was a breeding adult female loon that had appeared to be involved in a fight two days prior to death. No external wounds were detected, but there were a few older wounds on each of the feet. Internally, the bird had a serious fungal infection on the external walls of the thoracic and abdominal air sacs on both sides. Fungus was also found on the base of the heart and near the aorta. There was one small puncture wound on the chest bone but no damage was seen on the skin in that area. The lung tissue, intestines, and ovary had fungus growing on them as well. The bird had a very low body fat percentage which is due to fungal infection the bird was trying to fight off. The ultimate cause of death was ruled to be fungal respiratory disease. This is a common problem we see with loons that are stressed and have lowered immune system function.
Clemons Pond Water Quality Reports
Victor Lerish and Nancy Serrell have voluntarily monitored Clemons Pond water quality for many years, the results of which can be reviewed below. We all share ownership in maintaining the health of the pond so we can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
Water Quality Information submitted by Victor Lerish
|2014 Water Quality Report||2012 Water Quality Report||2010 Water Quality Report||2009 Water Quality Report|
|2009 Data Sheet 2|
Additional Historical Data
|2008 Data||2007 Data||2006 Data||2005 Data|
Also see the section below, "Protecting Clemons Pond."
Maine Lakes Society
The Maine Lakes Society website (www.mainelakes.org) provides comprehensive information on protecting and preserving Maine's lakes, ponds, and watersheds. Information on their LakeSmart initiative can be found via the LAKESMART tab.
Maine Audubon's 2015 Legislative Preview and Priorities
Follow the link below for information on Maine Audubon's 2015 Legislative Preview and Priorities, one of which is "Protect Maine Lakes."
Thanks to former neighbor and association member, Bill Stansky, for the heads-up on this item.
For Information about Maine Lakes
The website Mr. Lakefront provides information and articles on Maine lakes, including Big Clemons Pond and Little Clemons Pond. Note that the website is a realtor's blog. Mention of it here in no way consititues an endorsement of the realtor or his website. Thanks to Richard Hunt for this information.
Do High Mercury Levels Pose a Possible Threat to the Future of Maine's Loons?
A March 2012 Bangor Daily News "Maine Outdoors" article and video present information on and biologist analysis of this topic. Thanks to Jeanne Smith for the link to this information.
Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program http://www.mainevlmp.org/
This is the program that we directly submit our water quality testing results to. Through their website you can go to “On line tools” to search for info. Re. Clemons Pond as well as other ponds or lakes throughout the state. Under “Resources and Publications” you can view their quarterly newsletter as well as the the annual “Maine Lakes Summary Report” comparing water quality data from all monitored ponds and lakes in Maine. If you have any interest in learning more about invasive plants and would like to become an invasive plant patroller for Clemons Pond go to the “Volunteer” section of the website and sign up for one of their training courses. In addition Little Clemons is currently not being monitored for water quality or invasives providing another volunteer opportunity.
Lakes of Maine Website http://www.lakesofmaine.org/
This website, which is part of the Maine Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program, has a Lake Info search box on the Home page (the Lakes of Maine website replaced the PEARL database and contains information on water quality, fish, plants and other aspects of Maine lakes).
If you use this site to look up either Big or Little Clemons Pond, the MIDAS (id.) number for Big Clemons Pond is 3174; Little Clemons Pond is 3176.
Also, depth maps of Big and Little Clemons Ponds are provided on this site and can be downloaded using the following links:
George Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research at Univ. of Maine, Orono
Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection http://www.maine.gov/dep/index.shtml
There is a wealth of information on this website especially on the “Homeowners” page found in the education section of the website. There you can find among other things guides to dealing with stormwater runoff, septic systems and well water safety as well as camp road maintenance, best conservation practices, shoreland zoning regulations, improving plant buffers in the shoreline zone and use of phosphorus free fertilizers.
Power Boating - A Message from the Pond Association
The Clemons Pond Association would like to remind Clemons Pond residents and visitors of the long history of respect for each other, safety on the pond, and our common focus on protection of the shoreline.
Click HERE for additional information and to view a map of the pond showing the 200-foot setback comprising what the State of Maine defines as the "Water Safety Zone."
For additional information, here is a link to The Boater's Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities.