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Earth Day!

March 3, 2022
14470- Join AM Enterprises and a slew of community members for a rip roaring cleanup of Bridgton on the afternoon of Saturday, April 23 from 3-5 pm. If you cant make it on Saturday, try to make some time to pick up your neighborhood this ...

Emerald Ash Borer in Maine

March 3, 2022
14395- Jan Santerre from Project Canopy and forest entomologist Colleen Teerling share their knowledge about the Emerald Ash Borer in Maine in this hour long recorded webinar. Signs of early detection and trap plots will be key in tracking ...

Ice-Out 2022! Share your observations!

March 3, 2022
11488-It's that time of year again! LEA is collecting dates of ice-out for our area lakes. If you're a keen lake observer, we could use your help! Ice-out (or breakup) dates have been collected since the 1800s and have been used as ...

A whole slew of Winter Webinars! Register today!

March 3, 2022
14241- Birding in Ecuador- lets take a virtual vacation! March 9, 6 pm. Register here! Clearly this bird will not be in the presentation... Big Night is coming! Big night is coming! Learn all about the stars of the show, March ...

World Wetlands Day

March 3, 2022
14196- Although our wetlands here in Maine are quite... frozen... at this point, on February 2, 2022 wetlands are celebrated around the world (they're not all frozen right now, you know!) The World Wetlands Day website has a number of ...

Seasonal Internships

March 3, 2022
14082- It's never too soon to start planning for the 2022 field season, and we've started our hiring process for Courtesy Boat Inspectors, water testing interns and milfoil crew for this year! You can find more info about each position and ...

Ice Thickness Chart

March 3, 2022
13951- Maybe you're chomping at the bit to: ice skate, fish, snowmobile, skinny dip, be chased by dinosaurs across the pond (insert activity here). But is that ice thick enough?! Ice thickness chart, but nothing beats common sense! ...

Time for Ice-In! Submit your lake data!

March 3, 2022
13868- We need your help! We're collecting ice in dates for area lakes to help us better understand the whole picture of winter limnology, along with our winter monitoring and ice-out dates in the spring. Instead of emailing, now you can ...

LEA Collaborates on a Loon Project

March 3, 2022
13668-In 2003, an oil spill in Buzzards Bay, MA killed a large number of Common Loons. To help offset the Common Loon losses which resulted from the Buzzards Bay oil spill, a 5-year-long project was launched with LEA, Maine Lakes, and Maine ...

Remember your blaze ORANGE!

March 3, 2022
13557-Crossbow/ archery season has begun which means it's time to don our favorite and exceptionally fashionable blaze orange in the woods. Both the Holt Pond Preserve and the Highland Research Forest are open to hunting and regular season ...

Emerald Ash Borer in Bridgton

March 3, 2022
13494-The Maine Forest Service has announced an emergency order to restrict movement of ash tree products and hardwood firewood from areas in Cumberland and Oxford Counties. The order is in place to help slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer ...

Finishing the water testing season!

March 3, 2022
13474-Our last cycle of regular water testing ends this week (the second week in September). We will shift to secchi readings only and then focus on pulling the automated buoys as things cool down after the lake mixes this fall. Once things ...

Nostoc Bloom at the Highland Research Forest

March 3, 2022
13441-We love our trail steward Laura Cleveland for keeping Highland Research Forest trails and privy spiffy and cleared of branches and trash. She also lets us know when something looks wicked weird and sent pictures of an algae bloom in ...

Sea Sledding on Long Lake for milfoil

March 3, 2022
13358-Ever wonder how we survey for milfoil in big big lakes for little tiny plants? Much of the milfoil work on Long Lake and during survey work for other lakes (Moose Pond, Keoka Lake and Peabody Pond to name a few) involves being hauled ...

LEA 50th Anniversary Campaign

March 3, 2022
13286-Did you know that 2020 was LEA's 50th Anniversary?   We were hoping to celebrate this milestone with our members but something else came up unexpectedly and we were forced to postpone.  But Covid hasn't stopped us from using our ...

Updated Homeowner's Guide!!

March 3, 2022
13264-We know you care about the lake you live on, and we want to make it super easy for you to do your best. We know if we all do our part we can keep our lakes healthy and beautiful! Check out our colorful and helpful updated Homeowner's ...

Milfoil Crew back in full force!

March 3, 2022
13200-[caption id="attachment_13202" align="aligncenter" width="936"] Tommy and crew on the new-to-us boat, The Jenny O, in Sebago Cove.[/caption] This year's season is starting off right with a new-to-us harvester, (The Jenny O, pictured ...

Highland GLEON buoy deployed for the season!

March 3, 2022
12087-  Maggie and Ben deployed the automated buoy on Highland Lake this week, and the Long Lake buoy is close behind! These automated buoys send info to the Science Center every fifteen minutes during the testing season. Sensors ...

Vernal Pool Presentation Recording

March 3, 2022
12917-It's spring! There is rain! Hooray! Alanna shared some info on vernal pool ecology this past week. If you missed it here is the recording below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKro-drKEL0 ...

HRF is Officially a Tree Farm!

March 3, 2022
12896-Our Maine Tree Farm sign has been "planted". After submitting a forest management plan by our forester, Paul Larrivee, that addressed air, water, soil quality, wildlife, special sites, invasive species and integrated pest management as ...

Galapagos Presentation Recording

March 3, 2022
12885-We are just having such a good time on zoom, aren't you? We know. Hope to see you all soon. We are however trying to take advantage of the virtual presentation opportunity (you can watch from anywhere! You can wear your pajamas!), and ...

Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer in Western Maine

March 3, 2022
12773-March 10th at 6:00 PM The Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a webinar on the invasive insect Emerald Ash Borer and how landowners, residents and municipalities throughout Western Maine can identify ...

Winter Lake Monitoring: Life and Limnology Under the Ice recording!

March 3, 2022
12709-Thanks to Maine Lakes, we have a recording of Dr. Ben Peierls' webinar to share! Now you can check it out at your leisure on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNGxTTjlvA0&feature=youtu.be ...

Fall/ Winter Newsletter Available Now!

March 3, 2022
12560-See all that we've been up to over the summer and the transition into the school year and winter season, plus so much more! LEA Fall Winter 20-21 Newsletter ...

Buoys are coming in!

March 3, 2022
12469- As the lakes cool and mix and winter comes galloping at us head on, Maggie, Ben and Shannon are working to pull temperature sensor buoys in area lakes and eventually the automated buoys on Highland Lake and Long Lake. The typical ...

Outdoor Learning continues

March 3, 2022
12438- Although Covid has affected many aspects of our life, the one thing that remains true is that the outdoors is an incredibly diverse and engaging learning environment. Throughout the summer, Mary and Alanna kept in contact with the ...

View Live Water Quality Data

March 3, 2022
12363-Click here to check out live data from LEA's automated water quality buoy on Long Lake Click here to check out live data from LEA's automated water quality buoy on Highland Lake ...

Wildlife Survey at Holt Pond Preserve

March 3, 2022
12282- Turtle Trapping at Holt Pond By LEA Intern, Shannon Nelligan (pictured at left with a painted turtle) As a water testing intern for Lakes Environmental Association, my primary job is to travel to all the different lakes and ponds ...

Paddle Battle Results are in!

March 3, 2022
12265-Hi Folks! The results have been tallied, pictures and spectacular selfies gathered, and the shirts are printed and ready! (If you're available to pick up your shirt at the LEA office on 230 Main Street please email ...

Stream Explorers

March 3, 2022
12192-Join Maine Audubon, Portland Water District, the Maine DEP and LEA to help identify aquatic insects throughout the watershed. We are looking for interested volunteers to visit tributary streams a couple of times a year to assess ...

Are Downpours Downpouring your Driveway?

March 3, 2022
12180-Hi folks, we saw a spring of so little rain, and then lately it feels like whenever it is raining we are getting hammered! The dry spells leave the ground surface scorched and unable to soak in the rain very easily (think of cleaning ...

Moosepond Watershed Survey

March 3, 2022
12058-In mid-May,  LEA and the Moose Pond Association teamed up to conduct a watershed survey on Mountain Road near Moose Pond and Shawnee Peak. No, we didn't subject the land to multiple choice questions, but we did look for areas of ...

2019 Water Monitoring Reports Available

March 3, 2022
12019-Curious about last year’s water quality information on the surrounding lakes? Check out our 2019 Water Testing Report, shiny and new and hot off the press! Results for our chlorophyll monitoring via fluorometry, high-resolution ...

Trout Art Challenge

March 3, 2022
11876-It has been so exciting to see the trout art that our students and community have sent in. This art challenge is a way to share images of brook trout, a native freshwater fish that relies on clean lakes and rivers to survive. Please ...

Time for Project Budburst!

March 3, 2022
11836-Spring is creeping in and the leaves will burst out soon! Project budburst is a citizen science program tracking the changing of the seasons, phenology, by mapping where and when buds are bursting open. These flowers and leaves ...

A jackpot of resources for environmental education

March 3, 2022
11815-Looking for fun ways to learn about REALLY cool science? Our friends at the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) has compiled a multitude of resources (21 pages!) for "Online Nature Connection Learning Resources to share ...

A big thank you!

March 3, 2022
11782- A big thank you goes out to 90 donors who made generous donations to LEA through Patagonia’s Gift of Giving campaign. This end-of-year initiative brought in a total of $48,425 to our organization, of which $23,300 was match from ...

20th Annual Milfoil Summit Postponed

March 3, 2022
11711-Due to the spread of COVID-19 the Milfoil Summit has been postponed. CBI coordinator training will not be a requirement for grant funding in 2020. We will keep this page updated as the situation changes. ...

Contractor Training Series offered at MLSC

March 3, 2022
11673-The Department of Environmental Protection has cancelled all in-person training events until May 1. Please see the message below from the Maine DEP regarding this decision: "In accordance with Gov. Janet Mills and the Maine ...

Look who we caught on tape!

March 3, 2022
11635-LEA game camera footage ...

We're hiring a 2020 Trail Intern!

March 3, 2022
11582-The Lakes Environmental Association is seeking a trail steward for the 2020 summer season! Our trail intern will work with LEA staff and the general public and be courteous, helpful and outgoing towards visitors of LEA preserves along ...

Hot off the Press! Latest Newsletter!

March 3, 2022
11540-Stop in to our office on 230 Main Street, the Maine Lake Science Center, or area businesses in Bridgton, Naples, Casco, Denmark, Lovell, and Sebago for a copy of our Winter 2019/ 2020 newsletter. It's packed with articles and photos ...

With wind and rain comes fall turnover!

March 3, 2022
11474-Dropping temperatures start the process -- the lower air temperatures start to change the surface pond and lake temperature, and because water is SO AWESOME, this increases the density of the surface water, and it starts to sink down ...

UMaine Students Collect Sediment Cores from Long Lake!

March 3, 2022
11462-In October, two University of Maine graduate students visited LEA to collect sediment cores from Long Lake and Highland Lake. Both Simona Lukasik and Ben Burpee are advised by Professor Jasmine Saros, who has sampled these lakes ...

Fall is a great time for FIELD TRIPS!!!

March 3, 2022
11434-Cooler weather, fewer biting insects, beautiful seasonal changes. Thanks to a grant, we've been able to fund field trips to the Highland Research Forest and Holt Pond Preserve this fall for students from first grade through middle ...

Bog Bridge volunteers keep us out of the MUD!

March 3, 2022
11391-As part of the Great Maine Outdoor Week, we celebrated by enjoying the fall woods, and giving back! A big thank you to volunteers Ed and Kelly Pontbriand for sharing their expertise Tuesday at the Highland Research Forest, and a big ...

LEA on LRTV's "Lake Life"

March 3, 2022
11383-LEA was the focus of Episode 3 of Lake Region Television's "Lake Life" Series. Check it out!   ...

Fresh Water Jellyfish!

March 3, 2022
11406-This past week, freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii) were seen for the second time in one of our local lakes. Our researchers were out in the middle of Granger Pond for end-of-season monitoring, when a few, roughly inch-long ...

Dangerous Algae Blooms?

March 3, 2022
11367-This summer there have been numerous reports of blue green algae blooms across the country and New England.  High levels of blue green algae (which are technically cyanobacteria) are linked to numerous health concerns for people and ...

Down the toilet and into...

March 3, 2022
11371- This summer, LEA is working with an army of volunteers who are collecting samples to help determine the impact of septic systems on our lakes. As most homeowners know, wastewater from our homes and camps flows into a concrete ...
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