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Mountain Island Lake Wildlife Stewards


Mountain Island Lake Wildlife Stewards

Chapter of the NCWF

Members: 30
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2014

Our Mission

The Mission of the Mt. Island Lake Wildlife Stewards is to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the Mt. Island Lake area through education, conservation and preservation of natural resources for today and future generations.

About Us
We are hikers, boaters, kayakers, ourdoorsmen, lake enthusiasts, and many who call the Lake home. We are also a local chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Local involvement in the welfare of the wildflie and wildlife habitat, including water quality of the Lake, is our reason for being. We are involved by volunteering, educating our youth and aligning our energy with others working to make a difference in our local community.

We host public monthly meetings and encourage everyone to attend - topics such as the History of Mt. Island Lake - See the events list and look for our logo for Mt. Island Lake Wildlife Steward specific events.

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Hiking on Mountain Island Lake

The Boy Scouts worked on the 50 acres adjacent to the Riverbend Boat Access off Highway 16 in Gaston County. Duke Energy owns the land and often gets volunteer groups to clean up the area. There are…Continue

Started by Alice Battle Mar 23, 2010.

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Comment by Christopher North on July 3, 2012 at 4:29pm

Call 311 - or land line 704-336-7600

Comment by Richard Zinno on July 3, 2012 at 2:56pm

Does anyone know how to request that the water in Mountain Island Lake be tested in Nance Cove?  I took my dog swimming in Nance Cove last night (By the overlook boat ramp). There were some very nasty junk (which looked like sewage) floating around and water smelled putrid.  I've been taking my dog swimming there for 7 years, last night she came out smelling like garbage. I'm concerned for our water quality. 

Comment by Diane Willis on August 9, 2011 at 1:51pm
Don't miss this year's annual cookout and full moon paddle.  Come for the food or the paddle or both!  Bring a dish to pass and something to drink. Check it out under the events tab and be sure to RSVP.
Comment by Tom Niemeier on February 4, 2011 at 12:06pm

I should add that we're first checking for any of last year's results, cleaning them out as needed, repositioning the ones that have tipped over.

This year the scheme would be to monitor the nests weekly.

Comment by Tom Niemeier on February 4, 2011 at 12:03pm
Generally the water is at calf to over knee high depending on the flow and rain. There's a fair distance to paddle so a canoe or kayak is needed. Toward end of Feb. would probably be best to check them.
Comment by Jason Isbanioly on February 4, 2011 at 11:28am

Hi Tom,

Is the water over chest high around the nesting boxes?  If not, I can get out there to check warbler boxes in the next couple weeks.  I'll need a spotter and preferably an open inflatable boat like a ducky, but other than that it shouldn't be a problem.  What data is being collected? 

Comment by Tom Niemeier on February 4, 2011 at 6:53am

The warbler project has a lot invested with no positive results to date. This is the apparent conclusion since the boxes haven't been completely checked. The need is to reach some in very shallow and soft bottom areas. A flat bottom boat ( we can't use Meck's) or maybe a couple canoes rafted together for a stable work platform. Otherwise, full waders waders that I can't use because of my legs. I've a 16' canoe and a kayak. Meck Co. is very interested in our results and efforts.

The other idea would be to document the eagles nest up near Stephens Preserve. At least they were there last year. Eagles are much higher profile than the warblers thereby providing various media possibilities. I was amazed at the response to my blog about them. This year I've a new camera that can go out to 140x even. That should improve the documentation over last year's 6x pics.

Another idea is to clean up the Killian Road access including trying to improve the "route" by cutting up two trees in the way. Maybe even some sort of trash receptacle and signage including our logo pleading for help in our efforts.

Comment by Christopher North on February 3, 2011 at 6:03pm
Time to put our thinking caps on and determine what we want to do to better Mtn. Island Lake this year and its wildlife.  I have a few ideas I will be sharing shortly but do any of you have ideas?
Comment by Tom Niemeier on February 1, 2010 at 10:48am
We were invited to a Meck Co meeting at Latta regarding planning use of the new Holly Bend 211 acres contiguous to Cowans Ford WR . Attendees included Audubon (2), Riverkeeper Dave, Marine Pam Beck, one other, and Kevin Metcalf plus 4 other meck folks - overall planning, water quality, and parks.
The general tone was to treat the historic house as one item of maybe 20 acres and the remaining land as fairly undisturbed refuge. One idea was an observation tower of treetop height on a hill overlooking the steam plant bend.
This land was purchased by water quality bonds. Further meetings with additional groups will be forthcoming before final decisions.
Comment by Diane Willis on December 1, 2009 at 1:26pm
Come on out Thursday night, the 3rd - get involved, help us storm, form and norm! Check it out under Events.

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