Ot­ters were hun­gry

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gov­ern­ment this week,” said Philip Church, the pres­i­dent of the Lake Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Club. Govern­ment bi­ol­o­gists were on hand to help with the fish re­lease, check­ing out the sur­vivors and gath­er­ing im­por­tant data about the fish. “We get a lot of sup­port from the gov­ern­ment. This year the Min­istry put fin­ger­lings in brooks in the Coat­i­cook area and around here,” he added.

There are al­ways wild an­i­mals that en­joy try­ing out the young fish be­fore they’re set free in the lake and this year’s main preda­tors seem to be ot­ters. “We’ve had herons eat­ing the fish be­fore but this year we saw a lot of ot­ters. So we en­cour­aged our mem­bers to bring their dogs down to the ponds, ot­ters don’t like dogs and even just their smell can de­ter them, and we’ll prob­a­bly put up chicken wire around the ponds this year,” ex­plained Mr. Church. Club mem­bers also have to keep a care­ful eye on the oxy­gen lev­els in their ponds and the wa­ter tem­per­a­tures. “Luck­ily we have lots of vol­un­teer mem­bers who are very keen to come al­most ev­ery day to check the ponds.”

The Club has three ponds on their wooded prop­erty in Hat­ley: two to raise fish in and one that serves as a reser­voir in case of a dry sea­son or if the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture in the fish ponds gets too high. “This sum­mer the wa­ter level got very low and we had to use wa­ter from our reser­voir to add to our ponds,” men­tioned Mr. Church.

Mem­bers of the Lake Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Club are presently try­ing to com­prise a his­tory of the sixty-four year old club and would ap­pre­ci­ate any in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who were ei­ther a mem­ber in the past or who par­tic­i­pated in some of their ac­tiv­i­ties such as the Fish­ing tour­na­ment or the Chil­dren’s Fish­ing Derby. “We’re es­pe­cially look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about the Club in the 1960’s, when it re­ally started to grow,” said the pres­i­dent. If you have a story you would like to share or for in­for­ma­tion about join­ing the club, call Mr. Church at 819 679-5963.

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