Big update, and thank you GMP

Hi to all,
It’s a long update, there has been a lot going on in our loon world.
The only sad news is that the boat came out on Saturday. The day was perfect and


I just happened into our chick just north of the island. It was feeding alone then but today I saw two way out in front of the camp. I could tell one was immature and hopefully our chick but I couldn’t tell of the other was adult or another young one. Either way, it’s good.


Coming up towards the access, you can see we still have a little color. If fact, the yellows and golds are still plentiful throughout the area but my timing has been bad for getting pictures.


If you look back at the note I sent on 10/11, you can refresh your memory on the story of the loons on Silver Lake and at Goshen Dam. Well, we had perfect weather yesterday morning and this is us at the upper parking area access to Silver Lake. We started by shifting the new raft and all Eric’s equipment from his 2WD to Sally’s 4WD for the trip down the hill.



I had to throw this picture in there just so you could see Sally’s license plate. Now you all can toot and wave when you see her.


Everything was then then loaded onto his


(80 or more lb. raft so the center of gravity would be ???)


and Allon and Marianne W’s canoe for the trip to the far end where it was placed close to this year’s suspected nesting site. In the middle, that’s Angela A. who came down from Craftsbury with Eric to help out. They offered me a ride but I said I needed the exercise and I walked. The chick and one adult are still there at Silver Lake and in spite of the fact that the chick has likely not seen a canoe or kayak before, the loons were not at all bothered by their presence.


Then, they did it all again at Goshen Dam with our even heavier raft. The water level is way down there because of work being done on the dam.


The bad news for the helpers was that Eric chose to place it as far from the access area as possible to limit human intrusion. That would be at the top of this picture so that meant that they


had to carry it almost as far as they canoed. That’s something close to 100 lbs. they are carrying across the muck.


It was a fairly long day for the local folks and a very long day for Eric and Angella so a very special thanks to Eric Hanson, Angela Apicelli (summer VCE helper with Eric but volunteer today), Marianne and Allon Wildgust, and Sally Bordon. If any one of you weren’t there, the job couldn’t have been done. Also thanks to GMP’s John Murphy, Owen Stolarcyk, and Beth Eliason for your support. We could not have done it without you either.
And I’ll finish with a much less tiring picture, taken this evening from the deck. For those of you away, it was 60’s today and we have snow forecast for Saturday. Mike


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Message from Chip Paison, LDFLA President

Dear Membership and Friends,

As the newly elected President of Lake Dunmore, Fern Lake Association Board of Trustees, I wanted to send a message to encourage you to:

  • Stay informed as to what the association is doing to serve you. Read the semi-annual newsletter and check the website for valuable information, news and events by linking to the community blog, watching for monthly updates from the President, and checking calendar of events – .
  • Make yourself heard.  Let me know what you want from your lake association – what’s working and what’s not. Drop me a note,, or call anytime – 802-236-2470.
  • Get involved in your community. Discuss and help solve the difficult issues surrounding our mission – to protect and enhance the natural vitality of Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake while preserving the recreational and lifestyle interests of the lake community. Help define what success looks like and how we get there!

We’re all united in our love of the lakes, and their restorative energy. Lets continue to work together to preserve this gift, now and forever! Thank you for your support of the association.

Best Regards,

Chip Paison


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All from Ashley W.

All beautiful.

> Hi Mike, I’m enjoying the colors so much!

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Hi all,
We’ll have color for days to come but it will be hard to get better than right now.
The first two are looking across the lake from here.





The last two are on a walk around the neighborhood. The one below is the only one with the sun shining, I had to be fast to catch it peeking through the clouds. Enjoy, Mike



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Hi all,
A ride to Burlington this morning was spectacular. Some of the pictures don’t do justice to what was really there.




I think it’s safe to sat that Mt Abe is at peak, just wonderful.


We took our books and floated for a while this afternoon. Upper 70’s even without much sun. I wonder when we’ll see that again.


I think tomorrow through Saturday would probably be even fuller here but we’ll have to see how much damage the coming rain does. Enjoy, Mike


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Found watercraft. Close to peak.

Hi all,
Tom W. reports a yellow “Seacycle” washed up on the north shore Sunday AM. They brought it over to Waterhouse’s to be claimed.

We are very close to peak here, tomorrow should be wonderful with temperatures close to 80.
From Mary M, looking at the SW side of the lake.


Bill P. showing us the mouth of Sucker Brook.

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Karen R. got our chick with one of the parents off Mountain View, we hadn’t seen them in almost 2 weeks. I knew they were here somewhere but it’s great to confirm it.


Here’s a view we don’t see often from Ashley W. This is taken from Sunset Ridge looking south.


And lastly, the view you do see often taken late today when the Middlebury crew went down the lake.
Thanks to all for the wonderful pictures, we are so lucky. Enjoy, Mike


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A bunch of color

Hi all,
The first couple shots were by Kathy D. on the 8th, the third shot by me yesterday. In addition to the rainbow, her color sure looks a lot better.

Today I caught the light a bit more favorably thank you with a shot at Waterhouse’s and a couple at the north end. We still have a bunch of green though and I still think the best is yet to come. Enjoy, Mike




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