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It's Lakes Appreciation Month!
July 16, 2016
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
Nationwide, July has been declared  'Lakes Appreciation Month'.  Americans love to spend July on the water, at beaches, and on lakeshores. Boating, fishing, and swimming are favorite recreational uses of American lakes. Lakes also play other vital, and often hidden, roles. They provide drinking water and irrigation water for agricultural fields and are a source of electricity and power generation. They also serve the important function of absorbing rainfall and runoff from land, help to prevent floods, and provide habitat for precious wildlife.

Lakes Appreciation Month is a time to think about where you would be without your favorite lake. It is also a time to think about the threats facing your favorite lake and what you can do to protect the lake from these threats.

In this issue of Shorelines, you'll find out what NH LAKES is doing - and what you can do, too - to protect and enjoy your favorite lake and all 1,000 lakes in New Hampshire!
Did you see "The Milfoil Battle?"
If you missed the NH Chronicle show last month about "The Milfoil Battle" you can now watch it online!

Please check it out and share the link to help spread the word about the great work that is being done at Suncook Lake - and beyond in New Hampshire - to prevent and manage the spread of aquatic invasive species in our lakes!
Looking for something to do with the kids or grandkids this summer?
Get them outside on our lakes through the Lake Explorer Quest!

Individuals/families who explore three waterbodies by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or other paddle boat, will earn an official Lake Explorer Quest decal, patch, and sticker.

Participants must also certify that they practiced the “Clean, Drain & Dry” method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and implemented safe boating practices on each excursion.

Find out more: www.nhlakes.org/lake-explorer-quest
Have you invited NH LAKES to your upcoming meeting or community event?
Summer is the season of lake association meetings and family-friendly festivals taking place all around the state. 

Already this summer, NH LAKES staff have presented at nearly 10 annual association meetings and lakeside gatherings on topics ranging from aquatic invasive species prevention and lake-friendly landscaping to public access. 

NH LAKES staff have also hosted the Watershed Warrior Activity Circuit at youth camps and festivals throughout the state - approximately 200 youth and their families have already learned how to take action to help keep our lakes and watersheds healthy!

To invite NH LAKES to present at your upcoming association meeting, click here.

To invite NH LAKES to host the Watershed Warrior Activity Circuit in your community, click here.
Common Loon Chicks Growing & Acquiring Survival Skills
Originally published by Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

A great deal of learning is packed into a Common Loon chick’s first week. It learns to ride on its parents’ backs as well as crawl under their wings, a necessity due to its vulnerability, lack of maneuverability, inability to regulate its body temperature. Communication skills are practiced, with soft “mewing” elicited when a chick is hungry or in need of attention. The act of preening begins, and the chick successfully retrieves small fish and crayfish from its parents’ beaks.

By the second week...

To read more, click here.

We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.

Sincerely,
The NH LAKES Staff
 
Tom O'Brien, President
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President
Martha Lovejoy, Member Services & Fiscal Administrator
Erin Graichen, Member Services Assistant
Krystal Costa, Education Program Assistant
Megan Hanna, Outreach Coordinator

 

Join the Lake Keeper Society as a monthly donor for as little as $5 per month and reduce NH LAKES' costs, make a bigger impact, and help improve the quality of New Hampshire lakes! And, you'll be entered into drawings to win great prizes!

To find out more, and to join, click here.

LAKE HOSTS CONTINUE TO 'SAVE' OUR LAKES!
As of late June, our 700+ Lake Hosts working at 100 of the busiest boat ramps throughout the state have removed seven fragments of aquatic invasive species hitchhiking on boats and trailers.

Lake Host have also taught thousands of boaters how to "Clean, Drain, and Dry" their boats, trailers, and gear to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

To see when and where these 'Saves' have been made, click here.

To learn more about the Lake Host Program, click here.
HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOURS YET?!

This guide to lake-friendly living will be sent out to new, renewing, and current members upon request. It is also available for free download on our website—click here.
 
If your lake association is a member of NH LAKES, your group is entitled to 50 complimentary copies. To order, contact Martha Lovejoy, Member Services Administrator, at mlovejoy@nhlakes.org or (603) 226-0299.

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 1- August 31: Kevin Talbot’s Loon Photo Exhibit. NH Audubon, Concord, NH.
 
July 16: 39th Annual Loon Festival, Loon Preservation Committee, Moultonborough, NH.
 
July 23: Lake Week Festival at Newfound Lake, Grey Rocks Conservation Area, Hebron, NH.
 
August 9: Landscaping by the Water’s Edge, Lake Winnipesaukee Association, Moultonborough, NH.
 
August 13: 40th Alton Bay Boat Show, Alton, NH.
 
August 14: Love Your Lake Day & Antique Boat Parade, Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, NH.

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