The SLA has been actively involved in invasive aquatic management since variable milfoil was first found in Squam in 2000. We've been logging a lot of hours, pulling a lot of milfoil, and making great progress, but we need help! Our SLA staff spends most of our management time pulling milfoil from the lake. We rely on a solid group of Weed Watcher volunteers to survey the underwater landscape for growth of variable milfoil and other potential invasive aquatic species.
On Saturday, July 18th, the SLA welcomes folks interested in Weed Watching to join us for a morning of snorkeling and kayaking adventure. Participants can learn the basics of identifying aquatic plants while enjoying Squam. After a morning of guided Weed Watching, participants will be able to Weed Watch on their own.
There are two options:
- Meet at the Western Dock of Moon Island. SLA interns will be equipped with snorkeling gear and plant ID guides. Participants can learn to Weed Watch in the water or from a canoe, kayak or paddleboard (bring your own boat).
- Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson will lead a second group that will meet at the SLA and take the SLA's work boat, Calypso, out to a location in Piper Cove. Passengers will also be able to learn the ins and outs of Weed Watching by snorkel, canoe or kayak, or from the deck of Calypso. The SLA will provide kayaks and snorkel gear. Participants are also welcome to join us in Piper Cove in their own boat.
To sign up, or to learn more contact the SLA: 603-968-7336, or email RebeccaHanson@SquamLakes.org.
You can also volunteer as a Weed Watcher any time during the summer months (contact Volunteer and Communications Coordinator Brian Gagnon to learn more). Many folks are already in and around the water: snorkeling, swimming, paddling. With a little training, you'll be familiar with the aquatic species in Squam and you'll be able to identify any concerning anomalies.
Can't make it in July? Our second Weed Watcher Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 15th.