Maine Audubon’s Sally Stockwell and Amanda Moeser teamed up last week with Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife fisheries biologists to survey a remote pond near Jackman for wild brook trout. Brook Trout Pond Survey volunteers identified this pond as potential brook trout habitat in 2011 and biologists confirmed the presence of wild brook trout during their visit.
Brook trout are an iconic Maine species and serve as an indicator of healthy landscapes because they require cool, clean water and intact watersheds to survive. In addition to confirming the presence of wild brook trout, the team observed a mother moose and calf, kingfishers, a family of goldeneye ducks, and a diverse population of dragonflies and damselflies in or around the pond. With solid data in hand, we can now work with IF&W and other conservation groups to protect this pond and surrounding habitat. To learn more about the Brook Trout Pond Survey, please visit Trout Unlimited’s website or contact Amanda Moeser at 781-2330 x207 or at [email protected]