July 21 – 27, 2023Vol. 25, No. 6

An aerial view of Camp Belgrade, probably from the early 1960s. At bottom left is the “bath house,” where the campers changed into their bathing suits. To the right of the bath house are three small canoe sheds. Next, the large building with red roof is “The Lodge,” where campers held plays, dances, meetings, etc. Behind the playing field are “bunks” (cabins) for the older campers. The large building in the middle of the photo is the “Mess Hall” (dining room) with kitchen attached behind. The reddish area at central right is clay tennis courts. More

On the Cover

Memories of Camp Belgrade, 1937–1976

Camp Belgrade for boys covered approximately 150 acres from Route 8 down to Great Pond. It had two sandy beaches, docks and floats, tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball field, a softball/soccer field, a riflery range, a nature hut, an arts and crafts building, and more. More

Call of the Loon

Never a Dull Moment

We are approaching the end of this years’ breeding season, with parents abandoning their second egg, intruders coming into their breeding territories, altercations with eagles, turtles and raccoons, just to name a few of their predators. A typical week in the life of our loons! UGH!! More

Dams Report

Riding the Roller Coaster

What a roller coaster of a week it’s been! With daily forecasts of scattered thunderstorms and the potential for heavy rain, we ended up with just 0.44″ in the past ten days. How are we expected to maintain full ponds with such forecasts? More

Barkley On Books

Seaweed Chronicles

Susan Hand Shetterley writes so very particularly about nature and so very poetically that the pages turn and memories surface of what I have observed in our beautiful state of Maine. Her Seaweed Chronicles describes our Gulf of Maine, “A World at the Water’s Edge.” More

Take It Outside

Counting Loons

The third Saturday in July is Maine Audubon’s annual loon count in Maine. Over 1000 volunteers, of which I am one, attempt to count all the loons on over 300 Maine lakes at the same time. This year’s count took place July 15, and was the fortieth annual count in this important ongoing citizen-science project. More

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