257 Main Street,
From TILTON, NH
Spring 2021 Newsletter
Common LoonsThe Common Loon
overwinters on the ocean and returns to inland lakes for the
They arrive in the spring right after ice
out and remain into late fall. They are territorial and return
the same breeding grounds each year. Their nests are
usually found about 1 meter from the shoreline.
They will lay
1-2 eggs per nest producing one brood a year. Their diet
consists mostly of fish.
In recent years, there have been
loon deaths associated with ingesting lead fishing tackle. Now,
is another threat to the safety and well-being of the
loon population - discarded microfilament fishing lines
which can entangle the bill of a loon and prevent eating or
preening. Broken fishing lines can also be
become wrapped around a foot or body part leading to a rapid
deterioration of loon health.
There is, however, a way to
prevent this from happening. Recycling bins are being placed at
boat ramps, and parks around the country so that
people can recycle their used monofilament fishing line
then it can be returned to the manufacturer to be re-processed.
The Tilton Conservation Commission,led by Jan Landry, is
working with other conservation commissions
environmental organizations to help protect the loons and to
address the problem of discarded fishing lines.
for more details.
Information provided by EPA and State of Connecticut
barrels are specially designed containers that hold about 40 -75
gallons of water.
They come in a variety of different
styles, colors, and materials ranging from wooden barrels
recycled plastics. Designs include a screen or closed top for
keeping debris and mosquitoes out of your rain barrel.
Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later
use. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces
amount of water that flows from your property. t's a great way
to conserve water and it's free water for use in your landscape.
Just 1/4 of an inch of rainfall can yield up to 150
gallons of water from a 1000 square foot roof - enough to fill
three rain barrels!
If you have public water, you can save
money onyour water bill. If you have your own well, a few rain
barrels could provide
savings on your energy bills.
You can use the water to irrigate your lawn, water
indoor/outdoor plants, fill outdoor fountains, wash your car, or
household windows. The water in the rain barrel can
collect pollutants from your roof and should not be used for
drinking water. As rain water flows over a roof surface it can
pick up pollutants such as bacteria from birds and other
and chemicals from roof materials -
factors to consider when thinking about using rain barrel water
on edible plantings.
Reminder that Burning Construction and
Demolition Debris is Prohibited
Now that spring is here and the snow cover is mostly gone,
remember to get a permit from the Fire Warden
Burning construction and
demolition debris is prohibited.
if you want to
have a fire. Remember that the only acceptable material to burn
is brush (less than 5” in diameter)
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