Deer Rescue

Photos by Kevin Kelly
Established to promote the conservation of the quality of the environment of the area in the watershed of Lake Kanasatka, including the conservation of the natural resources of the land, water, marshland, woodland and open spaces, as well as the plant and animal life therein, and the protection of the water quality of Lake Kanasatka and its tributaries against pollution.

Local Residents Rescue a Doe

At around 7:30 AM on January 14, a doe and two fawns attempted to cross the lake from Kevin Kelly's shore toward the Red Hill Rd. shore.  All three deer were constantly slipping and falling on the smooth ice. The two fawns eventually made it across, but the doe became exhausted out in the middle. Sandra, Kevin, Mary Beth Diamond and Lisa Davy walked out and tried to help. They called NH Fish and Game who dispatched an officer. Fish and Game explained that when a deer flails on the ice, they often rupture tendons and ligaments in their chest. Then, the deer have to be euthanized. They were particularly concerned by a pack of coyotes howling from the woods.

They tried using a mover's blanket and tarp to make a sled for the doe, but it kept kicking the tarp away.
Finally, Kevin went home and got his homemade roof rake and three of them used it to slide the doe sideways across the ice to shore. They held their breath as the deer tried to stand. It slowly got up, limped a few steps, then galloped up the embankment and into the woods. It was a good day for the four of them.

We all appreciate the quick response of NH Fish and Game, who arrived as we got the deer safely ashore.

Tangled Loon Dies

September 30 update from John Cooley. Sr. Biologist LPC:
I’m disappointed to let you know that the male loon rescued two weeks ago on Kanasatka died last night at the rehabilitation center in Maine.   There had been some encouraging signs—the fish hooks had disintegrated, and he had been eating fish earlier this week--but in the last couple of days he stopped eating and declined.  Even though loon rehabilitation is always an uphill battle, entangled loons have better odds than other cases, so I’d held out hope that this guy would squeak by.  The staff at Avian Haven in Maine do incredible work, and they gave this loon great support—please check out their website to see the facility (
I am optimistic that the juvenile loon is old enough to fledge and migrate with just one adult providing for it.
We have to do what we can to keep the lake safe for these loons – no discarded line and tackle!

From September 16, 2016:
Our adult loon had been freed of being caught up in fishing line.  John Cooley of the LPC explains how it was done:

"We removed most of the line at the beach where the loon was, but the last bit was removed at Meadow Pond, where the vets were able to see that the line also went down the throat—that part we just leave, to be passed with the fish hooks.  Steve Corcoran, who had located the beached loon before us, was a big help in holding the loon while we untangled it.

Although an X-ray at Meadow Pond Animal Hospital showed some hook fragments, those will hopefully pass through the digestive tract and the veterinarians and rehabilitators we consult with agreed that releasing the loon on Kanasatka will give it the best chance of stress-free recovery.  So we will head to Kilnwood beach now and get it back on the water.  It will be important to monitor over the next week and we will continue to welcome sightings and updates to make sure he’s doing okay.

We really will have to hope for the best with this one, since it still had some hook fragments inside.  Fingers crossed."


Fish Lead Free

New Hampshire State Law prohibits the use of lead jigs less than one inch in length and sinkers weighing one ounce or less.

Effective June 2016 the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less will be banned in New Hampshire. NH LAKES, along with a coalition of groups including The Loon Preservation Committee, help pass this important safeguard to protect our loons and aquatic wildlife.

Why Fish Lead Free?

Fishing lead free is better for our lakes and our wildlife. Ingested lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of death for adult Common Loons, but also affects many other species of wildlife in New Hampshire.

Angler’s Guide to Lead-Free Fishing

Non-toxic tackle comes in many metal choices and modern metal alloys offer the angler a number of advantages:
▪ They are environmentally safe
▪ They have more sound producing qualities to call in those fish and up your catch
▪ Tungsten, is more dense and hard than lead, and allows the angler to “feel” the bait more effectively which in turns helps the angler feel the bite
▪ Any zinc-containing fishing tackle is not recommended because it is also toxic to wildlife

For information on where to buy lead free fishing tackle and where to dispose of lead tackle in New Hampshire, visit

About Fish Lead-Free

Fish Lead-Free is a regional initiative to help anglers switch to lead-free tackle. To find out laws, where to buy lead-free tackle, and where to dispose of tackle in your region, visit

Organic Material Discharge into Lake Kanasatka

Many people believe that dumping natural materials into the lake is acceptable.  After all, it's all "natural" stuff", right?  Well, not so fast.  It is actually never OK to discharge or dump leaves, grass, brush, fireplace ashes, or similar waste into the lake.

Here is an recent message from Andy Chapman, Biomonitoring Program, NH Department of Environmental Services (DES). This agency is charged with creation and enforcement of rules on protection of NH lakes, streams and wetlands. Andy says:
"There is language in both the law and water quality standards to address this matter, at RSA 485-A-08 and 12, and Env-Wq 1703.08.  Blowing leaves and clippings into the lake adds nutrients, phosphorous and nitrogen can accelerate eutrophication (lake aging).  This leads to increased algal blooms, cyanobacteria, decreased lake clarity and dissolved oxygen, impacting aquatic life." 

Go here for further information on how organic waste may affect our lake.

The advisory, of course, also applies to landscapers and lawn companies that may assist in keeping our properties clean. Please inform your yard service of the rules so they can help in our efforts.

Since the mission of LKWA is to protect the quality of the land, water, marshland, woodland and open spaces of our Watershed, it's critical that everyone pitch in to preserve our priceless natural resource. Please do your part by following this guidance.  

NH Fish Consumption Guidelines

from the Department of Environmental Services.  Going Fishing?   Are you concerned about the mercury level in the lake's fish? How much fish is safe to eat?   Download a Fact Sheet on the subject here.

Loon Banding on Kanasatka

Biologists from the Loon Preservation Committee would like to try to capture and band the adult loons on our lake.  The method relies on spotlighting the loons at night while the chicks are less than 3-4 weeks old—they pick up the chicks with the adults to keep them together, but only the adults are sampled and banded.  It’s an intrusion and a brief stress for the loons to be captured and handled, but no long-term impacts, based on thousands of banded loons in the midwest and New England over the past couple of decades. In New Hampshire they have been working to establish a population of marked loons in the Lakes Region, including on Winnipesaukee and Squam, and Kanasatka is one of the last local lakes to get to in that effort.

Here is a brief update on Loon Preservation Committee’s banding on Kanasatka Lake.  After being unable to find the loons for approximately 2.5 hours we decided to make one last sweep of the lake before heading back to the launch.  Lo and behold, we found the loons grouped together in a tiny cove near the southeast corner of the lake .

We were able to capture both adults quite quickly.  I'm happy to report both were healthy and vigorous: the male loon weighed 5.84 kg (12.9 lb) and the female weighed 4.82 kg (10.6 lbs).  Their hematocrit values were typical for healthy loons (49.7% for the male, 51.3 % for the female).   I'm also happy to report that both loons have no trace of lead in their blood.  The adult loons received two bands on each leg, and the band combinations are included at the bottom of this email.  The chick proved a little more difficult to catch though we were able to net it in the end.  We were impressed by the length of time under water as well as the distance covered during its dives.  The chick weighed 1.10 kg (2.4 lbs),  near average given its age, and it should continue to grow and thrive. The chick was not banded or sampled, other than weighing.

Kanasatka is now part of the network of other nearby lakes like Hawkins and White Oak Pond, Waukewan, Wakondah, Red Hill Pond, Bearcamp Pond, White Lake, and Chocorua, as well as Winnipesaukee and Squam, that make up the population of banded loons in the Lakes Region, now a focus for the intensive monitoring and research that the banding supports.  Please find more information at
Male Bands:
Left Leg:  Yellow Band with a Black Dot over a Blue Band (colloquially Yellow Dot over Blue)
Right leg: White Band over a Silver Band

Female Bands:
Left Leg:  White Band with a Black Stripe over White band with a Black Stripe (colloquially White Stripe over White Stripe)
Right Leg:  Silver over Orange Band with a Black Stripe (colloquially Silver over Orange Stripe)

All the best,
Travis Grodkiewicz, Tufts Veterinary Intern, John Cooley, Loon Preservation Committee, and Lindsay Moulton, Lakes Region field biologist for LPC

A Primer on Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria blooms are increasing and can be dangerous to the health of humans and animal life. Lake Kanasatka is experiencing minor blooms. Should lake owners be alarmed? No, but owners should be concerned, informed, and vigilant. Lake owners should do all that is possible to reduce (eliminate) runoff into the lake. Runoff carries the nutrients that Cyanobacteria thrive upon.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association hosted a talk with Dr. James Haney Ph.D.,professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of New Hampshire who provided an interesting primer on Cyanobacteria.  Read a summary of the meeting attended by Kanasatka resident Jane Nash.

Passing It On: Generational Transfer of Property

LRCT is partnering with the NH Preservation Alliance, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, the Squam Lakes Association, and the Moultonborough Heritage Commission to present two upcoming sessions on "Passing it On: Generational Transfer of Property".

Join us for a detailed and thoughtful discussion for property owners seeking to ensure the places they love will become part of a family legacy that will be enjoyed for generations to come. A panel of area property owners will discuss their own challenges, limitations, and triumphs in dealing with this important issue. Various strategies will be discussed, including limited liability corporations, family compound trusts, rights of first refusal, and conservation and preservation easements. Attendees are encouraged to join in the conversation. The program is free, but handouts are being prepared for distribution, so attendees are encouraged to pre-register by calling or emailing the contact below.

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 9:00 -11:30 AM at the Squam Lakes Association's Fisher Family Barn (US Route 3 in Holderness). Details at
Contact: Squam Lakes Conservation Society, 603-968-7900,

Monday, August 15, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Moultonborough Library. Details at
Contact: NH Preservation Alliance, 603-224-2281,

Are you a member of the LKWA?

We would welcome your continued membership in our organization to insure our future success.  Click here to renew or add your membership to our organization for the amount of $25 and send your contact information details to the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association.  If you have any questions please email us at

As you know our mission is preserving and protecting our cherished lake.  Our Lake Kanasatka water sampling program, in concert with the University of New Hampshire, monitors the health of our lake.  This is our largest expense.  We also host our July business meeting at the loon center and have our annual social potluck luncheon/meeting in August.  Annually we have contributed to three local conservation organizations, the Loon Center, the Lake Region Conservation Trust and the NH Lake Association.  We help fund the Kanasatka loon nesting platform effort and were disappointed this year with the loss of our two chicks.  All of our efforts are enhanced and documented via our website and facebook page. We as an organization would like to continue all of these efforts and can with your continued support.

We would welcome the continuation of your support towards supporting our mutual goal, the preservation of our lake.

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