All from Ashley W.

All beautiful.

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

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Peak?

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.

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Waterhouse’s.

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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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Foliage

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Loon news

Hi all,
You all know there was a loon chick hatched this year on Silver Lake. I got curious as to why this year and not others so went looking for a little info. With much help from GMP, we determined that this year was just luck. Normally water levels up there fluctuate up to 30″ during the summer because of rains and the fact that, in addition to using water to generate power, they use Silver Lake to keep Lake Dunmore steady. This summer there was a 35 day period when the water only fluctuated 3″ and that time period included all of July when the loons got their nesting done. We have no way of knowing whether they have tried before and failed or if this was the first time and they got lucky. Since that nest was a month later than ours, it’s possible they tried earlier and this was a second nesting. Since we have had loons reported up there all summer for the last two or three years at least, our guess is they have been trying. There is also a good possibility that it is one of our chicks from five or six years ago returning to the area like the text books say they should.
Now lets move a little further up stream to Goshen Dam where a pair spent the summer. We don’t know if they tried to nest or not but the water level there normally fluctuates 36″ during the summer and did vary 18″ during that same 35 day period I mentioned above. If they tried, it would have failed.
All that to tell you that to give them a better chance of success, GMP has not only given us permission to put a nesting raft at both Silver Lake and Goshen Dam but offered to help us do it. Since our pair have used the island for the last several years, we will use the raft from here at Goshen Dam and Eric is bringing one he made to put at Silver Lake. We are all set to put them in the middle of next week so we don’t have to worry about roads in the spring. In the spring however, we will be looking for help monitoring both sites though so put that on your to-do list please.

The last time I saw our loon family was from the deck nine days ago but I haven’t been out in the boat in that long too. If anyone haas seen them, please let me know.

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Got acorns? This is a couple days worth at the bottom of our driveway after I used my leaf blower to get them out from underfoot. I can’t remember the last time they were this plentiful. There are lots of pinecones too.

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The best is yet to come with the foliage here.

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Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny so I’ll try to get out there and get some pictures. Mike

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Being Lake Wise

LDFLA Blog Admin:

Spotted recently on “flow”, the official blog of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Watershed Management Division, and re-posted on the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ blog.
Congratulations Kate and Sue!

Originally posted on Flow:

In late July, a few residents at Lake Dunmore participating in the Lake Wise Program were selected to have some shoreland Best Management Practices (BMPs) installed on their lakeshore properties. The labor was provided by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC).

Lake Wise award winning participant Kate Williams of Leicester proposed to her neighbors that the community beach area could be more lake-friendly by making a few improvements as recommended by the Lake Wise site visit team. The community liked the idea and purchased the minimal materials needed for the project. The VYCC crew did the installation of a wide set of infiltration steps to control erosion where community members access the lake with canoes and sailboats. A small berm/swale to shorten the distance needed for water flowing downhill to move into the wet no-mow zone was installed and the children’s lakeside sand ‘pit’ was given wooden sides that will…

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