Sign of Spring: Forsythia Bush
Photo by Judy Wilbur Craig taken in Dexter, May 2021
PENQUIS - Private ponds that are stocked with trout provide multiple benefits for landowners and their families. This is the time of year to order trout to stock your pond! The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD)’s 2021 Trout Sale pick up will be held on Monday, May 24th, 12PM at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA. Customers must pre-order and pay for all brook trout by Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 4PM.
Customers who would like to place an order for brook trout must have a current, signed permit from the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife department. A copy of this permit must be submitted along with your order and brought with you for pick up of the trout, as this permit is both your stocking and transporting permit. The person on the permit must be the person picking up the trout. If you need to have someone else pick up the trout, they must be added by IF&W to your permit. If you do not have a permit you can download the application from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/forms_applications.htm.
New in 2021, customers can place their orders online at http://www.piscataquisswcd.org/product-category/2021-trout-sale/. Of course, the traditional order forms mailed into our office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 will also be accepted!
Trout provide food for wildlife and migratory birds. Ponds that are stocked with trout can provide recreational fishing for your family and friends. Trout can also provide families with low-fat, low cholesterol, high protein, heart-healthy fish. By stocking 8" or larger trout in early spring and feeding them throughout the growing season, many nutritious meals may be enjoyed before the ice cover in winter.
Contact the PCSWCD at 207-564 - 2321, Extension 3, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.piscataquisswcd.org, for more information on this sale that supports our education programs and also enhances your natural landscape.
MAINE - Moose lottery applications are still being accepted. Hunters have until, May 13 to apply. Applications are only being accepted online. Once completed, you'll receive a confirmation email indicating that you successfully entered. When filling out the moose lottery application this year, hunters can choose to take part in the Adaptive Unit Hunt. The special hunt helps biologists determine if moose density reduction can break or lessen winter tick impacts to moose in Maine.
To learn more about the Adaptive Unit Moose Hunt, check out our in-depth article.
The 2020 Moose Lottery Drawing was to be held at Sky Lodge in Jackman. The hope is for the venue to host the next drawing, possibly in 2022.
Residents and visitors can take simple steps to avoid tickborne diseases
AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) urges the state’s residents and visitors to focus on tick prevention during May, Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
This year’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month theme is “Stop. Check. Prevent.” The campaign asks Maine people to stop frequently to check for ticks because personal prevention measures are the best way to keep from getting a tickborne disease. Deer ticks in Maine can carry the germs that cause diseases including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Borrelia miyamotoi disease. These ticks are most commonly found in wooded, leafy, and shrubby areas, putting most Mainers at risk every day. Anyone spending time outdoors should take steps to limit their exposure to ticks.
Ticks are already active in Maine. The following strategies help prevent exposure to ticks and the diseases they carry:
The most common symptom of Lyme disease is an erythema migrans or “bullseye” rash. Other common symptoms include arthritis, fatigue, chills, fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes. Some of these symptoms resemble COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to mention a recent tick bite or time spent in tick habitat to a health care provider.
Maine CDC provides many resources to prevent tickborne diseases, including:
Short educational videos on tick identification, tick checks, tickborne diseases, repellents, and choosing a residential pesticide applicator are available at www.youtube.com/MainePublicHealth.
A youth tick curriculum for third through eighth grade students to teach kids about tick bite prevention is available at www.maine.gov/dhhs/schoolcurricula.
Answers to frequently asked questions about ticks and tickborne diseases are available at www.maine.gov/dhhs/tickfaq. Tickborne disease data from The Maine Tracking Network (MTN) for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis are available in the Data Portal at data.mainepublichealth.gov/tracking.
For more information on Lyme Disease Awareness Month activities and tickborne diseases, visit www.maine.gov/lyme. Follow Maine CDC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for updates throughout the month.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab offers tick identification and testing to Maine residents. Tick testing is available for $15 with a three-day turnaround time for surveillance purposes only. Contact a health care provider for concerns about tickborne illnesses. Find more information atticks.umaine.edu.
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