admin on June 22nd, 2013

Summer is here! 2013 06 Newsletter screen sm June 2013 Newsletter

Articles this issue:

  • Making preparations for the July 4th boat parade
  • Notes from around the lake
  • Alewife counts are up this year
  • CLWA membership is up
  • Landscaping for a healthy lake
  • Boating safety tips, and more!

Have a great and safe summer, everyone!

Click here to view: June 2013 Newsletter

admin on May 14th, 2012

Chuck Bencal sent this photo on May 10 with this note:

Not a good shot as it was taken at a great distance through a spotting scope with a cell phone, but impressive nevertheless.  This is at the waters edge off Lake Shore Ave in Hamilton.

bald eagle chuck 20120510cropped Bald eagle sighting

admin on March 27th, 2012

swan migrating 20120327 Migrating swan!

admin on June 17th, 2011

newsletter cover 201106sm Newsletter for June 2011View the pdf here: Newsletter for June 2011

In this issue:

  • Are you planning for the July 4th Boat Parade!? See parade details.
  • The Essex Music Festival will be held August 27 at Centennial Grove.
  • President Sue McLaughlin traces the rise and decline of the cabomba weed in the lake, noting mitigation steps residents can take.
  • Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column discusses the tree problem caused by winter moth catapillars.
  • The Eastern Railroad was an amazing driver of the local economy a century ago. Loaded with photos, Keith Symmes’ history appears in the Yesteryear section.
  • Also: Water level monitoring goes hi-tech. Another disappointing alewife season. Fresh water mussels keep the water clean. And more.

chebacco lake water depths 225s Uploaded lake studies: Lycott (1985) and Salem State (1998)These two diagnostic studies have provided extensive information on Chebacco Lake and lake managements issues. They are vital historical and technical references for anyone involved with current lake issues. They cover lake geology and hydrology, land and lake use,  water quality and water level, septic systems and excessive nutrients, wildlife and aquatic weeds, among other issues.

We have created pdfs of both reports (a shoutout to Joe Brain!) which you can download here:

Lycott (1985): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic/ Feasibility Study

Salem State College (1998): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic Report

admin on April 17th, 2011

Another from our files:

According to the Science Corner in Hamilton:

o Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight.

o Bats clean themselves many times a day.

o Bats are nocturnal and shy.

o Bats sleep upside-down during the day.

o Bats have good vision.

o Bats use “Echo-Location” to find nocturnal insects.

o Bats in the United States are insect-eaters.

o Bats eat one-third of their weight each night.

o Bats eat 600-1000 mosquito-sized insects/bat/night.

o Bats are an important part of nature’s scheme for controlling the insect population.

Interested in building a bat house?  One possible resource (dated?) is the Massachusetts Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln (617-259-9661) for a selection of bat houses, bat kits, and related books.

admin on December 26th, 2010

Hello Lake Neighbors!

A few hours ago my husband got a good look at an American Bald Eagle
near on Red Gate Rd.  He eventually shifted from the tree he was in to
another, but he stayed along the shore line.  Thought I’d put the word
out.  If anyone has the full list, it might be fun to get the alert
out across the lake.  I missed it, but the eagle may still be local as
they gravitate towards lakes in the Winter.

Happy Holidays!
-Brooke Fabian