The Sanctuary’s current activities demonstrate a holistic “watershed” approach to environmental stewardship by engaging in a variety of projects that both monitor and enhance the health of the environment. Some of these include:
- The Mount Desert Island Loon Monitoring Project. Now in its thirteenth year, this project has collected data on the health of MDI’s common loon population, an important indicator species for environmental health.
- The Somesville Fish Passage Restoration Project. Now in its tenth year, this project has opened up spawning access to Long Pond and Somes Pond for migrating sea-run fish species (such as alewife). These fish have a significant impact on the health of the watershed. Ongoing research on fish population numbers and health is conducted each spring.
- A courtesy boat inspection program that is conducted each summer at the public landing of Long Pond. This program helps to protect Long Pond from the potential devastation of invasive aquatic plant species and also helps to educate the public on the importance of inspecting their watercraft for any plant material before launching.
- Ongoing water quality testing to measure nutrient levels in our lake water. Changes in these levels can indicate poor water quality and potential threats to lake health.
- Annual screening surveys for invasive aquatic plants. Sanctuary staff performs annual surveys on both Long Pond and Somes Pond for the presence of any invasive aquatic plants.
A watershed approach is community-based and the Sanctuary’s programs depend on its connections and collaborations within the community. To find out how you can become involved with these and other projects at the Sanctuary, please click on the GET INVOLVED link.