Have a pond? Want to learn more about it? Then do we have an opportunity for you!
North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Lee Soil and Water Conservation District are joining forces to bring you a hands-on pond clinic. This event will be held Saturday, May 19 at the new San-Lee Park Nature Center. We will kick things off with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast, then cover several topics before wrapping up at noon with lunch. So, what can you expect?
We’ll kick the day off with an electrofishing demonstration. The sustainable fisheries team at NC State will bring down their shock boat, which is used to raise fish to the surface so we can get an idea of what fish are in the lake. While they are here, they will also discuss proper fish stock rates to help you have a healthy, well-stocked fishing spot.
Following the demo, we’ll break up into smaller groups and rotate through three stations. At one of these stations, the experts from NC State will be here with a variety of aquatic weeds. They will teach you how to identify and control these troublesome weeds to keep your pond looking good this summer. Up next, the team from Dragonfly Pond Works will be here to discuss water quality, and how you can maintain your pond quality to help improve fish populations and prevent weed problems from reoccurring. The NC Department of Agriculture will also be represented to help you decipher those water and pond soil samples that you send in to their lab. At our last station, it is time to take some samples, and learn how you can take samples and study the tiny aquatic life in your pond as a way to determine the overall health of your pond ecosystem.
So, how can you participate? Give us a call at 919-775-5624. Thanks to sponsorship from Dragonfly Pond Works and Crop Production Services, registration is only $5 and includes lunch and refreshments! Registration can be paid in person or by mail to 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27332. But hurry, pre-registration is required, and to keep things hands on, registration is limited to 45 participants. We must receive payment at least 7 days prior to the event, and recommend calling ahead to reserve your spot. If you are a certified NC Pesticide applicator, this clinic is approved for 1 hour of A, D, N, and X pesticide credits.
Zack Taylor is the Agriculture Agent – Field Crops and Livestock, and Pesticide Coordinator for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.