Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Annual Fishing Derby
The rain did not deter these little ladies. As the starting horn blew, they were the first ones on the water. We had a total of 60 children register to fish. We usually have around 100. It's a great time for all. The smile on the faces of the kids who catch their first fish causes us all to smile. There are prizes, hot dogs, cookies, chips, and drinks all donated by businesses around town. It's a BIG thing that the children look forward to. The pond is stocked by Maine Fish and Game.
On our drive at the Edmunds Unit, we happened upon this Snapping Turtle laying eggs. They come up on the gravel roads to lay their eggs. She was dropping them as I took pictures. After the egg dropped, she would use her back leg to put them in position. The average clutch is 83. It is one of the largest turtles in North America and they are very aggressive predators. Snapping turtles have been around for 100 million years. They can live for 40 years.