Highland Lake Loon Chicks Continue to Grow and Thrive

Flying lessons begin in October for flight to the coast

By Donna Baker-Hartwell
Highland Lake Loon Chicks Continue to Grow and Thrive

As of September 13, our loon chicks are 78 days old. They look almost as big as their parents.  It has been a successful year for our loon family. I have been keeping a record of the nestings on Highland Lake since the year 2000. Over the past 22 years, we have had 15 chicks […]

Highland Lake Loon Chicks Continue to Grow and Thrive

Swooping eagles keep loon parents on alert

By Donna Baker-Hartwell
Highland Lake Loon Chicks Continue to Grow and Thrive

On June 27, after approximately 28 days of nesting, two fuzzy light brown loon chicks arrived on Highland Lake. Because the nest is on the very edge of shore, the chicks tumble into the water and swim shortly after hatching. This year they seemed to hatch just hours apart. It is not uncommon for the […]

Loon Nest Watch Continues on Highland Lake

Chicks should hatch by June 28

By Donna Hartwell-Baker

Happy Summer Solstice! As I sit in my kayak on Highland Lake, on the longest day of the year, I can see that “Mother,” or perhaps “Father,” Loon is diligently sitting on the nest. It is a long 28 days of taking turns incubating the eggs. We do not yet know if there is one […]

Loon Preservation Committee Urges Public to Give Nesting Loons Space

Water's edge nests are vulnerable to threats

Press release
Loon Preservation Committee Urges Public to Give Nesting Loons Space

The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) is reminding the public that from now through mid-to-late July, loons will be nesting throughout the state. Loons nest on lakes and ponds and often build their nests along the shoreline of islands, in marshes, or along the mainland shoreline in protected coves.  Adapted for life in the water, loons […]

Foxglove is Pretty, but Causes Reactions in Humans and Animals

Tall spikes with flowers are pretty but toxic

By Nicole Hook
Foxglove is Pretty, but Causes Reactions in Humans and Animals

Foxglove is a pretty plant, with tall flowering spikes of colors in purple, pink, yellow, or white. People consider them pretty and like to pick them or have them in their gardens. But their appearance is deceptive in that the plants are actually very toxic, to both people and animals. I learned about the properties […]

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Opens on May 1

Redesigned "Celebrate Birds" building opens

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Opens on May 1

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is preparing for opening day of the 2022 trail season which begins Sunday, May 1. The ¾-mile live animal exhibit trail features coyote, fisher, red and gray fox, bobcats, black bear, river otters, white-tailed deer, various owls and raptors, and more. Plan at least two and a half hours to […]

Jackson Kayak Holds Free Clinics at Franklin Falls

Community of paddlers is "one big family"

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Jackson Kayak Holds Free Clinics at Franklin Falls

Franklin Falls’ Revitalization made a commitment to free outdoor infrastructure years ago. This has been a story that folks have heard around the state. The excitement and vibrancy of this small city continued on April 16 when Jackson Kayak, a Tennessee-based company and a leader in the paddlesports industry, came to Franklin Falls for a […]

Help Minimize Wildfire Risk in Dry Forests

Woods are driest and most vulnerable in spring

By Chief Steven Sherman

April 17-23, 2022 is Wildfire Awareness Week in New Hampshire, and it’s a perfect opportunity for everyone to learn more about wildfire in our state as well as what we all can do to protect the forest resources that are so important to our day-to-day lives. You may know that, at 82% forest cover, New […]

Andover Fish and Game Club Holds Kids Spring Trout Derby

Help stock Highland Lake on May 20

By Rich Gross

The Andover Fish and Game Club is sponsoring its 25th annual Kids Spring Trout Fishing Derby at Highland Lake in East Andover on Saturday, May 21. The derby is for all kids age 15 and under. Registration starts at 7 AM at the Andover Fish and Game Clubhouse on Channel Road. You may begin fishing […]

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