It’s all about birds, water levels, and a very important lake management award for the Town of Barnstable. Read it here.
Read about the Hamblin Pond alum treatment, which was a smashing success. And our one species of hummingbird (no spoilers here). As well as a tribute to a volunteer who sets the standard for volunteering — Holly Hobart. We will miss her, but wish her well in her new boat/home in Seattle. All that, and more, right here.
And has been, for quite some time. But, in case you missed it, read up on herring counts, hydrilla control, and the (now completed) alum treatment for Hamblin Pond. You can find it here, or on our archive page.
Get the run-down on IPA activities in 2014, and plans for this year. Meet a charismatic plankton and an elusive predator. And find out how to sign up for this year’s herring count because, all signs to the contrary, it will be spring soon. Read the newsletter here, or find it and all previous issues on the newsletter archive page.
Also included in this issue is a letter from our board president, Alex Frazee, outlining the reasons that IPA membership is so important to our ponds, and our community. Please take a moment to read it; your participation is vital to the work the IPA does.
It’s already hit the mailboxes, so Indian Ponds Association members are up on the pond testing in Hamblin, the progress of the Section 208 Cape-wide water quality initiative, and the strange fish showing up in Mystic Lake. As always, though, we make our newsletter available to everyone electronically. Read it here: Fall 2014 Newsletter. Or check our archives for back issues.
Read about this year’s Schwarm Scholarship winner, Jack Riley, get a primer on invasive plants, and read Dave Reid’s take on bird migration. And don’t forget the Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 13, at 4:00. You probably got your print version in the mail, but you can read the newsletter online right here, or check the archives for previous issues.
There are herring to be counted and Schwarm scholarships to be applied for. There’s an update on the Cape-wide wastewater planning initiative (which comes with a reading list), and and a piece (with pictures!) on the snowy owl invasion. Read it here: 2014 Winter Newsletter.
This season’s newsletter also includes a letter from board president Alex Frazee asking all of us to renew our memberships and consider making an additional donation to support the many ways in which the IPA helps safeguard our ponds.
Read about the algae bloom in Hamblin Pond, how the new FEMA flood zones might (or might not) affect you, and which owls you might see here on the Cape. And, if you’ve ever considered getting more involved with the IPA, read departing board member Lew Solomon’s piece on what he’s learned over the course of his six-year tenure.
Holly Hobart’s article on the life cycle of kettle ponds (the kind our ponds are) explains how they’re formed and why, in a few hundred thousand years, we might have to rename our organization “The Indian Forests Association.” (The bibliography Holly refers to is here: Primary Succession Bibliography.)
As always, you can read the newsletter online, and you’ll find previous issues in the archives.
There’s good news — excellent water clarity in our ponds, a bang-up year for herring, and an appearance by a rufous-necked wood rail (okay, it’s in New Mexico, but Dave Reid explains why it’s relevant). There’s also bad news, in the form of hydrilla, which has spread from Mystic Lake to Middle Pond. And there’s a write-up of the annual meeting, in case you couldn’t make it. All this, and more, in the 2013 Summer Newsletter.
Efforts continue to control Hydrilla in Mystic Lake:
Six IPA Members attended the June 11 Barnstable Conservation Commission Meeting in support of several items on the agenda that pertain to controlling Hydrilla in Mystic Lake. As a result, the Commission unanimously supported the Conservation Division’s request to continue the use of physical means (hand-pulling, benthic barrier, and suction harvesting) for controlling Hydrilla in Mystic Lake. A second related request for a rapid response initiative to permit the use of such physical means to control pioneer infestations of invasive aquatic weeds, such as Hydrilla and Fanwort, in any other Barnstable water body was also unanimously approved. This means that if any such plants are found in Middle Pond or Hamblin Pond, the IPA can immediately take action without waiting for additional approvals. Rapid response is extremely important to successfully control these invasives.
A ruling on the Notice of Intent for the proposed use of the US EPA and state-approved herbicide Aquathol K for management of Hydrilla in a small section of Mystic Lake, where it has become impractical to remediate with physical means, was continued until the June 25 Conservation Commission Meeting. The Commission is in support of the project, but must wait for Natural Heritage to comment.
IPA Hydrilla control cited in North American Lake Management Society newsletter:
The IPA experience developed at remediating the Hydrilla in Mystic Lake over the past three years has drawn the attention of the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, as reported in their NEC/NALMS Spring 2013 Newsletter. All the IPA volunteers who have worked on this effort should be proud of the fact that we have been able to contain its explosive growth potential to the degree that it has never topped out on the surface, as it has in almost all other known Hydrilla infestations.