Welcome to the Newfound Connection
Each edition of the Newfound Lake Region Association newsletter features events, news, trivia, and the people of the watershed—everything a Newfounder needs to know!

Ice is Nice!

Ice and Fog over Goose Pond, credit: Brittany Overton

Ice is beginning to form on Newfound! Last year, ice-in occurred on January 21st, with 80% coverage recorded on the first of the year. Do you have a guess for this year’s ice-in date?

Data from the Global Lake and River Ice Phenology Database, some of which is graphed here by the EPA, shows a trend of ice-in dates occurring later and ice-out dates occurring earlier. Researchers at York University have looked at almost 80 years of lake ice data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and found that the frequency of ice-free winters on lakes in the northern hemisphere has more than tripled since 1978.

While ice cover is influenced by numerous factors, local air temperature is the most likely indicator of ice over. Warmer winters due to climate change means less ice for our lakes.

At Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop, the barn doors are etched with decades of ice-in and ice-out dates, carefully recorded by numerous owners over the years. While the inscribers may not have known it at the time, this type of citizen science may become an important scientific contribution that furthers our understanding of ice cover trends on Newfound Lake.

You can be a part of the effort too! Track ice cover data on New Hampshire waterbodies near you and submit the information to New Hampshire Watershed Management Bureau using this link.

Ice and our Ecosystem

Ice cover is an important part of our ecosystem’s natural processes.

Without ice cover:

• Shorelines suffer erosion from winter waves.

• Shorter ice coverage periods allow water to warm earlier in the spring and get warmer in the summer, which can lead to more frequent toxic cyanobacteria blooms and loss of native species habitat.

• Seasonal recreational opportunities like ice fishing, hockey and ice skating, ice sailing, and dog sledding, are cut short, along with the winter economies these activities support.

UPCOMING NLRA EVENTS

Virtual Nature Storytime
January 29, 10:45 a.m.
Online Event
Follow along on Facebook or Youtube as we read “Winter Bees and Other Poems” by Joyce Sidman and make a pinecone bird feeder. Stop by the Minot-Sleeper Library to pick up craft supplies to make your own bird feeder, provided by the Slim Baker Foundation! (Supplies available at the library beginning Monday, January 11.)

Conservation Cameo

Tune in to the latest episode of Road Trip Masters as the hosts explore Newfound and meet NLRA Program Manager Andrew Veilleux, who takes them out on the lake for a hands-on conservation experience. Watch it here.

Partnership Feature: NH LAKES
Our success in protecting Newfound is made possible by community support and strong local partnerships. Learn more about the hardworking organizational partners making a difference in our community.

NLRA and NH LAKES both work to protect water quality, partnering on numerous initiatives that benefit the Newfound watershed, such as the Lake Host program, which helps keep Newfound Lake free of invasive aquatic species. Read more about their work here:

Partnership Feature – NH LAKES – Newfound Lake Region…

New Hampshire is home to nearly 1,000 lakes-some of the most pristine lakes in the country. These irreplaceable natural resources are critical to our quality of life and the economy. But, our lakes face a growing number of threats, many of which…

Read more
newfoundlake.org

Leave No Trace on Frozen Lakes
Leave No Trace, the set of ethics used to promote conservation in the outdoors, applies to winter activities too! This article from NH DES and NH Fish and Game outlines proper Leave No Trace protocol for on the ice:

 

Leave No Trace On Our Lakes

Although they may be shrouded in several inches to several feet of ice in the winter, lakes are still susceptible to many sources of pollution, from natural sources but also from a variety of winter activities that take place on them.

Read more
www.wildlife.state.nh.us

Our recommendations to keep you entertained and informed about the world of conservation.

Watch: Chasing Ice
Ice, in all its forms, is changing across the world. Released in 2012, this documentary is still relevant today. Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse camera designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Watch it here.

Read: The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail
Follow Jamail, a war correspondent and mountaineer, from Alaska to the Amazon and beyond as he explores the profound effects of climate change. Available here.

Listen: Threshold, Season Two: Cold Comfort
Every season of this podcast focuses on an environmental issue, taking it on from every angle and displaying a range of perspectives. Season two is an in-depth look at the changing Arctic, which is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Listen here..

Do you have recommendations for conservation-themed entertainment? Send your favorite books, podcasts, movies, and more to info@newfoundlake.org.

Other Events Around The Watershed

Fireside Chat
January 9, 7-9pm
Slim Baker Area
301 New Chester Mountain Rd

Virtual Film Screening: Inventing Tomorrow
January 14, 6:30pm
Bristol Sustainability Committee
Online event

Regenerative Reads Book Club Kick-Off
January 21, 6:30pm
Bristol Sustainability Committee
Online event

Locally Produced: Forum on Community Power
January 25, 6:30pm
Bristol Sustainability Committee
Online event

Danbury Winter Market
February 6, 9am-1pm
Danbury Grange
15 N Road, Danbury, NH

Upcoming Virtual Events
We’re still compiling awesome online events from around the world!

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