This is the third year of the Brook Trout Pond Survey project. Maine is home to 97 percent of the intact wild brook trout lake and pond habitat in the eastern United States, according to a press release from Maine Audubon. Brook trout require clean, cold water and pristine habitat to survive; therefore, the population health of brook trout is considered a key indicator of a healthy ecosystem that also indicates the health of other species, including moose, deer, otters, kingfishers, herons and osprey.
Hundreds of remote ponds in the state have never been surveyed by fisheries biologists nor have any record of being stocked with fish.
Volunteer anglers are needed to survey 307 ponds, spread from south of Rangeley to Caribou.
Surveys can be completed any time before Sept.30, 2013. Project partners will provide maps, data sheets and instructions on how to survey each pond.
To sign up, contact Emily Bastian, project coordinator for Audubon, at 207-781-6180 x207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.