IS THIS A DREAM OR COULD IT BE CAMELOT ?​
                                                                       It's both!
                                                        WELCOME TO MY WEB SITE! 

    This site was created because I love Groton  Pond.  I look upon the pond as  precious and dear. I spend time on this web site, just for the love of it.
     As a young child my parents brought me here and my heart and mind has never left since that time.  I hope that my spirit will live on in this incredibly beautiful 
​place long after I am gone.  Some are extremely lucky to own a cottage, camp or live here year round. 
      For those of you who have visited the pond and stayed with Grandparents or camped with your folks or friends, this web site is for you too. Perhaps you haven't been here in years and are not able to come back.  This gives you a chance to visit at the touch of your finger tips . 
     Take this opportunity to reminisce.  Close your eyes for one moment and listen. Do you remember the soothing sounds of the peepers  or the lapping of the water on the shoreline,  perhaps the soft hooting calls of the loons or the hoot of an owl in the night .
     There is a certain feeling of intimacy that small ponds and lakes provide. To know every beach, the curve of every cove and shoreline, watch the birth of every spring and hear the rushing of it's life's blood as it races over the dam and travels boldly downstream, breathing new life into awaiting streams.  To watch the waters gently go to rest when winter lays down her quilt of white . How could one not feel a closeness and form an everlasting bond. This is a place of beauty,serenity and wonder. A place we should care for and protect.  Please work together with  us who feel this way to keep it as pristine and wild as possible.
​     Perhaps this site will stir something deep within to inspire folks. There is just something about this place for those of us who have spent time here, that we cannot forget.
​   All of us here are stewards of Groton Pond. We  respect our neighbors,  wildlife and nature.  "We care and take care". It is expected of anyone who comes to visit will do the same.   Enjoy your visit.   Welcome to Groton Pond !

​Darlene Sprague
​Goodness and beauty reign here!

   D Smith
DON'T LEAVE............
There is so much more to see, stay awhile and check it out​
June~ 2017 July-2016~
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90 t0 100 DEGREES 
June 2017
Sept 2017
2016
 Ice went out on the 31st​  of March
a sighting of one loon on  April 2nd 
2017
The ice is out, AprI I8th and  the loons have  returned ...

The following is a report regarding the necropsy of dead loon chick recovered from Groton Pond.  We ask folks to please listen when we say, "Please don't zip by them, slow down and go around !  "Give them a wide berth, they need our help. 
The words "fractured and shattered and massive blunt trauma " are chilling to say the least.  Read this report from Tufts and see results of how this chick died on this pond. This is the second documented boat hit. The results of what can happen and why some loons turn up dead are sad.
​ Volunteers care about loons and work hard to protect them so everyone can enjoy their beauty, and haunting calls of the wilderness. Thank you!


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Adult Loon Attacks Chick

        ​​Photo Jim House
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      temps are all over the place....
  DO YOU LIKE LOONS?
 HELP  PROTECT THEM....
If you witness abuse, harassment or injuries please call one of the numbers listed below with information ​as soon as possible for assistance​
Tthank you!
Warden Mark Schicktle  802 222 4680

Loon Biologist Eric Hanson   802 586 8064

Vt Loon Conservation Volunteer
Darlene Sprague​
Lake 802
584 3030
Home 802 476 6096

Cottage by the pond
Photo Darlene Sprague​
Hey Dude,  is this the way to Groton Pond, I'm lookin for Rt# 232 .... 
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Darlene Sprague~2017
April ​2016 ~ 2017
I found these skeletal remains of this carcass on a rock.  As I approached. an eagle was flying low and away from this area.  I  believe I scared it off its kill!    (Photo ID and consultation with biologists concluded​ it may be a Gull)
Photo Darlene Sprague 2017

​2017 New photo's
added to the bottom of this page.  Scroll down to view. Check out page titled "water world"  I will be updating  photos and info all summer long and as I have new material. Please check back from time to time, or better still just check out each page if you haven't done so already. This site is intended for enjoyment and relaxation.  Its all about "the pond", thank you, Darlene ​
Mother Goose protecting her one remaining chick, as an eagle in nearby tree watches. I have checked several times ​after this photo was taken and the chick is no where to be found.
Photo D Sprague
Sunfish guards her eggs from predators
Photo D Sprague
A rock eating shark appears out of the fog. It has been said that sharks will eat anything.
BLADDER WORT WORK CREW SOUTH END 
​with Allen Goodine                    
​Photos D Sprague
 Bladder wort work bee                      D Sprague Video​
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         ~FEATURED PHOTO OF THE SUMMER~
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​                                         JIM HOUSE ​
There are no words to describe this photo other than absolutely amazing.  A very special thank you Jim for sharing this 
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JIM HOUSE
Some shoreline owners,  have stepped up to take care of masses of the floating bladder wort in front of their shorelines.  Many ​of these floating masses are not accessible for shoreline pick up by the BW work boat and crew
When harvesting Bladder Wort by hand with a rake, it reveals life within its confines.  In this large mass pulled in and piled on the dock, it contained 2 salamanders, 1 crayfish. a frog and a small sunfish which were all clinging to life and released back into the water  
Photo
​Darlene Sprague
What kind of impact will this have on the aquatic life of the lake, as they slowly loose their food source?  What are your thoughts?
NIGHT TIME VISITOR
Vt Loon Volunteer​ Darlene Sprague holds carcass of young loon hit by blunt force impact on Groton Pond 
Photo Amanda Foster
Photo Gail Mcdonnell
Photo's  Sprague 2017
Sprague photo
Photo Amanda Mae Foster
            NEWS FLASH AUGUST 17 2017
This time of year is a dangerous time for the loon chicks.
Today the adults have been fighting and  one of the loon chicks is missing  from the far north end of Lake Groton. I have scoured the shoreline looking for the missing chick.  Sighted one on the East shore, and later on another one on the west side of the Lake...I could not tell if they were different chicks or the same one because of the time that lapsed between sightings.
​​​​​                                      UPDATE AUGUST 20 2017
Lake residents have  seen two chicks with the parents. today.   I have seen only one chick with the parents, and i have seen another chick close to the shoreline alone. This could indicate the 2nd chick may be injured, not able to travel with the parents.  Will need to keep a eye on the shoreline chick.  Checked with the biologist, his thoughts is to leave it be and monitor it..    ​
                                             ​UPDATE August 25 2017
One chick may be injured it has beached itself twice, moves very slow  and swims in a flat position, looks like a board or a  piece of wood floating. Please do not boat near them creating a wake or big waves.  If you find one beached  do not pick it up.  Please keep an eye on loose dogs so they do not attack it. email me is best at  darlenesprague@charter.net
 no email call 802-584-3030 

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