Explore our lakes through the seasons from the comfort of your own home! Please tune in to these free webinars to learn about the ecology of lakes and how biologists, nonprofit organizations, and lake management professionals are working together to restore and preserve our lakes.
And these webinars highlight what individuals can do in their homes, on their property, and on the water to help keep our lakes clean and healthy.
These webinars are FREE, and pre-registration is required.
Surviving the Cold: An Inside Look at Loons in Winter
Join us as we explore the incredible journey loons undertake during the winter months and how climate change affects their migration habits. We will also discuss the challenges loons face during the winter months, including the threat of being stranded on frozen lakes and the efforts of dedicated rescuers at the Loon Preservation Committee to save these birds.
Presented by Caroline M. Hughes, Biologist and Outreach Coordinator, Loon Preservation Committee
(Photo courtesy of the Loon Preservation Committee)
Lakes & Legislation: Preview of the 2024 New Hampshire Legislative Session
Join Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES President and Policy Advocate, to get an insider’s look at what bills will be heard during this legislative session that may impact the health and management of New Hampshire’s 1,000 lakes, including your favorite lake(s). And find out how you can be ready to reach out to your legislators when our lakes need you over the next few months.
Otterly Amazing: Dive into the Fascinating World of Otters and Our Lakes
Join us for a lively talk on the bounding, sliding, and swimming otter. We’ll spend some time getting to know this charismatic local mammal and learn how to recognize its tracks and signs. Plus, otters are an excellent indicator of good water quality in a healthy, intact aquatic ecosystem. That’s good news for our lakes!
Presented by Susie Spikol, Community Programs Director and Naturalist, Harris Center for Conservation Education
Bringing the Lake Host Program to the Lake You Love
Clean water, healthy wildlife, and stable property values depend on a healthy lake free of invasive species. The NH LAKES Lake Host Program is the first line of defense in protecting our lakes from invasive plants and animals. These lake heroes protect the lakes you love by capturing invasive species that try to sneak in on boats, trailers, and gear.
Do you want to protect the lake you love from invasive species? Join us for an informative webinar on bringing the Lake Host Program to your local lake. We will guide you through establishing a program, including the general timeline for running the program in your first year, the Terms of Participation, and whom you need on your Lake Host Team. Gain valuable insights and practical tips to help your Lake Host Program get started! Let us know at registration if you have any specific questions you would like answered.
Presented by Kat Kelleher, NH LAKES, Conservation Program Coordinator.
Weird and Wacky – New Hampshire’s Lakes and the Summer of 2023
It’s been a summer of strange weather, record-breaking public health advisories, and curious sightings in and on our lakes. Join us for this webinar highlighting what we’ve been seeing and explaining why. We’ll start by discussing the dangerously high lake levels and increasing toxic cyanobacteria blooms. Then we’ll talk about some interesting natural phenomena you may have encountered at your lake this summer—lake foam, Bryozoans, freshwater jellyfish, and more! Bring your questions about curious things you’ve seen out on the lake.
Presented by Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES President and Policy Advocate
Dragonflies and Damselflies and New Hampshire’s Waters
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
If you’ve spent time in or around New Hampshire’s waterways, you’ve most likely seen one of these insects. Maybe one has even landed on you! Join this webinar to learn about these members of an ancient order of insects (Odonata – meaning “toothed ones”) that has been on this planet for 300 million years. New Hampshire hosts a high diversity of species for a small northern state, with 166 currently recorded. These insects occur in freshwater habitats statewide, from our largest rivers to ponds above treeline in the White Mountains and the myriad bogs and beaver ponds in between. They spend most of their lives as aquatic nymphs; in many cases, this life stage can indicate high water quality.
Presented by Pamela D. Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Biologist for Avian Conservation, New Hampshire Audubon
New England Ice Harvesting
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ice harvesting on New England’s lakes in past centuries provided cold cash for small farmers and industry magnates, and it still occurs in some locations today! Join us for a refreshing look into this tradition.
Presented by Jane M. Hennedy, Site Manager, Southern R.I., Historic New England
You can find recordings of all our previous webinars on our YouTube page. Learn about ecology and management, lake-friendly living, and how biologists, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers work together to monitor and keep our lakes clean and healthy—and learn how you can help!