Welcoming Friends of Wilson Ponds since 1991.
Welcoming Wilson Pond friends and family this summer will probably include social distancing in place of hugs. I will be very happy to see all of you and chat, even if it is from six feet away!
While we all take measures that will insure our good health and that of our community, it is a wonderful time to social distance on the pond and become familiar with native and invasive aquatic plants. What a great time, for children and adults, to learn how to keep our pond pristine and healthy. A good portion of the newsletter will be dedicated to that goal. We are adding new pages to this site to help identify these plant-y invaders.
This year Lake Stewards of Maine is offering Invasive Plant Patrol training online. This is an excellent opportunity to become a certified IPP person OR just for your own information. All information can be found on their website www.lakestewardsofmaine.org
Additional resources available locally include: Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants and their look alikes at the Shaw Library. Quick Keys for ruling out Maine’s Eleven Most Unwanted Aquatic Invaders are free for the taking and available at the Shaw Library.
Although Friends had planned to conduct Courtesy Boat Inspections at the public boat launch on Lower Wilson Pond this summer, this plan is now uncertain. We are encouraging summer residents and all visitors to conduct their own inspections. It is really a simple process and instructions are here. There is an online video of the process sponsored by the Lakes Environmental Association.
Friends of Wilson Ponds Certified Invasive Plant Patrollers will be conducting a survey at the public boat launch during August. If you would like join us, please contact Kay Johnson for details.
Our Annual Meeting and Lunch are unlikely to occur on July 11, 2020. We are planning a Zoom meeting on that date. Please consult our website for details. It is likely that a Lunch Social Event may happen later in the summer or fall depending on Covid-19 guidelines.
The Wilson Ponds harbor many talented and learned folks. Kaethe Weingarten, psychologist, of Teasdale Island on the Lower Pond has provided her article How to Help Yourself in This Time of Crisis . The background is a soothing photo of the Upper Pond by professional photographer, Ruth Ganev, Upper Pond resident. Thank you both for sharing with us!
HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL!!!!
Check out the 2020 Frank C. McIver scholarship recipients.
Friends of Wilson Ponds
Due to the unusual situation at hand, the Annual Meeting will be a Zoom meeting:
Saturday, July 11 at 10 am
Zoom Information will be available by July 8
on this site or by emailing Kay Johnson.