IS THIS A DREAM OR COULD IT BE CAMELOT ?
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 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, 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 or let go of.
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. Please do not let your dogs run loose and bark for periods of time. Enjoy your visit. Welcome to Groton Pond !
Goodness and beauty reign here!
There is so much more to see, stay awhile and check it out
June~ 2017 July-2016~
90 t0 100 DEGREES
facts...Ice out dates
Ice went out on the 31st of March
a sighting of one loon on April 2nd
The ice went out on AprI I8th and the loons have been sighted
The lake was open by April 30th, ice out by late in day on May 1st. Two pair of Loons seen on South end and North end of the lake, Temp in the 80 's+
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!
Adult Loon Attacks Chick
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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
Mark Schicktle 802 222 4680
802 586 8064
Vt Loon Conservation Volunteer
Lake 802 584 3030
Home 802 476 6096
Cottage by the pond
Photo Darlene Sprague
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 YEAR REVIEW
Scroll down to bottom of page to view photos Check out page titled "Water World" Feel free to 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!
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
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
D Sprague Photo
~FEATURED PHOTO OF THE SUMMER~
There are no words to describe this photo other than absolutely amazing. A very special thank you Jim for sharing this !!
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
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 D Sprague
D Sprague photo
Photo Amanda Mae Foster
NEWS FLASH AUGUST 17 2017 review
Every 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
No email call 802-584-3030
DARLENE SPRAGUE 2017
LOVE GROTON POND
At Groton Pond
SEPTEMBER 25 2017
a large adult loon was found floating lifeless near Beaver Brook on the West Shore at the south end of the pond. Cause of death is unknown. Too decomposed to have a necropsy done...
Special thanks to...
Bob and Brenda Snetsinger
for their assistance with this
Photo D Sprague
January 2018~ Visitors landed on the North end of the lake
Photo Ashley White
Check out the new photo by Ashley White
Thanks Ashley , great photo!
Its a new year and as the days go by new photos will be added as soon as they are available
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October Chick update
from Jackie Duckett
2 Loon chicks spotted on North end of Lake and appeared to be doing well! Thank you Jackie !
~May 1 2018~
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2018 page New page...Go to directory at the very bottom of any page click on 2 CONTINUED for more photos and stories on Groton Pond in the warmer months. Note new photo's posted at the bottom of each page, when I have something to post. (Fishing page, etc. check each page or you just might miss out on something...
JULY 2 2018
to all boaters!
Including personal watercrafts, and unmotorzied
PLEASE DO NOT BOAT NEAR THE LOONS!
We have several loons on the lake. There is just one loon chick near the southern part of the lake. Chicks are very small, helpless and fragile. They need our help to survive.
Please reel in if loons are near by. They will swim off in a minute or two. Loons will take a lure. If they do, they will not live.
If you find yourself close to a loon when boating, slow down, stop, and move off slowly in another direction.
DO NOT LEAVE A WAKE BEHIND.
The under tow can result in disaster for all loons, especially a chick.
It takes a lake community to help raise a chick. If we all cooperate and do our part, we can help make it happen.
A reminder to pass along this info to boating friends and guests as many are not aware of this.
PLEASE RESPECT ALL WILDLIFE!
THEY NEED SPACE
JUST LIKE WE DO!
Photo D Sprague