Free Tackle Exchange October 25th at Unity Pond

Lead commonly found in fishing tackle is highly toxic, and hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Wildlife species are affected by ingesting lead fishing tackle, particularly the common loon. Loon bodies and behavior make them susceptible to lead poisoning.

Fortunately, non-toxic alternatives to lead tackle are available and are often superior in performance to lead tackle. You can help by changing to lead free fishing tackle today!  At our Tackle Exchanges, you can swap your lead tackle for new non-toxic tackle for free!  The tackle exchanges will be held this fall and next year at various Waldo County lakes, usually at the boat launch. Join us tomorrow, October 25th, for our first exchange at the Unity Pond Boat Launch from 6 to 9am. Free fishing kits for children will be available first come, first served. A bass fishing tournament will also be taking place, so come and join the fun.

The program  isn’t necessarily a one-for-one exchange, but there will be a great variety of  non-toxic tackle to try, and no one will go home empty-handed!  What better time than right now to clean out your tackle box, making  fishing safer for you, your children, and Maine’s wildlife?  Contact our District office to  learn more about the program.

Save the Date! Our Annual Dinner and a talk on Growing Hemp in Maine, October 25th

Join us for a talk from a Maine farmer transitioning from beef and dairy to hemp farming and value-added products such as CBD oil and fiber. Sue Hunter will take us through her first year in converting her farm to organic hemp production. Other hemp growing experts will add to our discussion. The talk will follow an Annual Dinner offered by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

 

Friday, October 25, Dinner 6pm, Talk at 6:30.

Waldo County Technical Center, Route 137, Waldo, ME

Cost $10. Dinner Provided by WCTC Culinary Arts Program.

 

 

 

Announcing Our Summer Series: Love Our Lakes

If you own a shoreline property or are interested in water quality and healthy lakes, join Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for a series on caring for our local lakes. Lakes and large ponds in Waldo County support shoreline camps and residences, recreational boating and fishing and other activities. These activities also have the potential to create challenges in maintaining water quality. Sediment and nutrient increases can create potential for algal blooms and other problems which can impact fish and wildlife, water clarity, recreation, lake aesthetics, property values and human health. The free series will be on Friday evenings in June and July in the Swan Lake watershed and held at the Kermit S Nickerson School in Swanville and North Searsport United Methodist Church, Searsport from 3:30pm to 5pm. Save the dates!

Session 1:    June 14th     Lakes 101:  (Optional in-depth session extends to 6:30)  Kermit S Nickerson School, Swanville

Session 2:     June 28th    Septic System Care and Maintenance, and a Bit About Soils   Kermit S Nickerson School

Session 3:     July 12th     Keeping Up Those Camp Roads    North Searsport United Methodist Church, 751 Mt Ephraim Rd, Searsport, ME 04974

Session 4:     July 26th     Best Homeowner Practices to be LakeSmart, and Intro to LoonSmart : Learn how to keep your lake healthy and clear, and get 5 simple steps to promote loon health, habitat and chick survival.   North Searsport United Methodist Church. Registration encouraged but not required, please register at info@mainelakessociety.org

Join us for a workshop on Forestry for Maine Birds May 23rd!

Wild bird species of Maine are currently facing many stresses that are causing their populations to decline. Many migratory birds are facing habitat loss in winter habitats and along their migratory routes. One thing we can do for birds is assure that they can find suitable places in our Maine woodlands to nest and raise young. What are the things we can do to make our woodlands suitable for a wide variety of birds to thrive? Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Audubon and the Maine Forest Service are offering a free outdoor workshop on Forestry for Maine Birds, on Thursday, May 23 from 12pm to 3pm, at the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast. This fun, hands on session pairs  teaches participants  to assess forest habitat and consider management options that benefit forest songbirds in a variety of forest types. This workshop is for foresters, woodland owners, and members of the public who are interested in forest stewardship or are bird enthusiasts.

You will learn how to:

• Improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species

• Take care of your woodland

• Work with other forest management goals

• Enhance the value and enjoyment of Maine woodlands for many generations to come

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Please register by using the Maine Audubon portal at https://maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/forestry-for-maine-birds6?sort=date. For more information on this event, contact Aleta McKeage, Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District, at aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com. Directions to Head of Tide Preserve: Take Route 137 (Waterville Road) to Head of Tide Road, then take Head of Tide Road to Doak Road, turn right and go 1/4 to the Head of Tide Nature Preserve on your left.