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Lake Management: Don’t Feed the Wildlife!

March 26th, 2019

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist A few years back in the spring, residents of South Hampton, NH found six dead deer in a suburban lot. Several biologists and a game warden then investigated the site and found six more. The deer had not been shot or killed by predators, nor had they starved […]

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Are Zebra Mussels Harmful?

October 4th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Bob Schindler, Aquatic Biologist Ecological impacts, habitat distinctions, and sustainable management options for Zebra and Quagga mussels in freshwater environments Widespread occurrences of both Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and Quagga mussels (D. rostriformis bugensis) have been well documented since their initial confirmation within the Great Lakes during 1986 and 1991, respectively. […]

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Mischievous Mammals: Are Muskrats, Beavers & Otters Harmful to Ponds?

September 10th, 2018

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist As an ecologist, I field questions on topics ranging from the lifespan of a tadpole to the best way to defend koi against the ravages of a great blue heron. Of all the animals I am asked about, however, three mammals probably produce the most concern and curiosity: […]

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Invasive Species Highlight: Apple Snails

June 7th, 2018

As global travel and transport become increasingly accessible, the risk of plant, animal, insect and mollusk relocation becomes greater. This is a serious problem. When a species native to one region is introduced to another, it is considered invasive. Invasive species have few or no natural predators and often destroy entire ecosystems by competing with […]

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Are Turtles Bad for Ponds?

December 14th, 2017

Written by Industry Expert Cole Kabella, Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist Think back to the last time you were on a lake or pond. Chances are, you can recall seeing a turtle—or 10. Turtles are to water as meatballs are to spaghetti. This close relationship raises a few questions. Why are they there? What is their […]

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SOLitude Announces Cole Kabella as Volunteer of The Quarter

July 27th, 2017

Through its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management has named Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Cole Kabella as its Volunteer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017. Cole has dedicated many of his free weekends to volunteering and participating in fundraising events in Bryan, TX. Much of Cole’s efforts went towards supporting […]

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Pond Management: Don’t Feed the Wildlife!

November 15th, 2016

Written by Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist A few years back in March, residents of South Hampton, NH found six dead deer n a suburban lot. Several biologists and a game warden then investigated the site and found six more. The deer had not been shot or killed by predators, nor had they starved or […]

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Considerations for Waterfowl Management

January 27th, 2015

Written by Gavin Ferris, Ecologist All lakes and ponds are unique and serve various purposes, but whether your waterbody is a quarter acre stormwater retention pond or a 3,000-acre recreational lake, it provides habitat for countless species of wildlife from insects to eagles. Some, like mosquitoes, we wish to discourage. A reasonable number of appropriate […]

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Turtles: Are They Hurting My Pond?

July 8th, 2014

Written by Marcus Harris, Fisheries Biologist Turtles are one of the oldest still living groups of animals on the planet. The order Chelonii (includes all species of turtles both extant [living] and extinct) dates back to the Triassic period and the time of dinosaurs about 220 million years ago! Over that time period they’ve adapted […]

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Pond Management: What are those furry creatures in my pond?

January 16th, 2014

By J. Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist The Muskrat and North American Beaver have adapted to the increasing number of stormwater ponds and facilities, and can cause huge headaches if not recognized and controlled. Muskrats are small dark brown to black aquatic rodents (16-24 in., 1.3-4.4 lbs.) that live in ponds and wetlands throughout most of […]

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