But the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 started their path to recovery. They also had help from beavers in their recovery. Beavers, which themselves had been exterminated by trapping for their pelts, were reintroduced to central New England in 1921. Their habitat-building creates ideal wetland environments for wood ducks and aided their recovery. It's another example of how species are interrelated, and losing one species can have a ripple effect others.
On the topic of birds, yes, the loon chick is still here, as is at least one of it parents. The two were fishing together, and even though junior is almost as big as the adult, the parent is still catching fish for it.
|Mother and Daughter?|
|Or Father and Son?|
The geese are still on the lake as well; perhaps they know it's hunting season, and are hiding in plain sight where they blend right in with the rocks.
As for human activity, it is declining along with the temperatures. There are still a few boats left on the lake, but only three or four,
and most of the docks are out of the water.
Someone even is giving us an early warning about the coming season, though I think at this point it is pretty evident.
The lake level is a few inches below full, and draining rapidly, with all the boards out of the dam. There should be enough time to give Lake Wicwas a nice reserve capacity for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Late October has been a stormy time the last couple of years - remember last October?
|October 30, 2011|