Welcome to the AIS Patrol Blog!
Updated: Mar 8
The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Patrol is a dedicated group of volunteers who patrol Conway Lake in kayaks, canoes and on paddle boards looking for the potential introduction of invasive plants and/or animals. The Blog is where we post patrol reports and where you can find detailed descriptions of native and invasive species, maps of the lake, and a number of valuable reference guides. Below is a brief description of what you can find in the Blog folders:
Patrols – This is where we post the results of your patrols and photos of any plant or animal you found of interest or have questions about.
Plants – Includes descriptions and photos of native NH aquatic plants, many of which have been identified in Conway Lake.
Animals – Includes descriptions and photos of native NH aquatic animals found in Conway Lake.
Invasives – Includes descriptions and photos to help identify invasive (exotic) aquatic plants and animals that COULD find their way to our lake.
ID Sheets - There are three sets of quick identification sheets here for you. One contains photos and short descriptions of native plants and animals that we've found in Conway Lake. A second contains photos and short descriptions of invasive plants and animals that we need to look out for. The third illustrates some of the aquatic plants you may encounter that have look-alikes that can make identification more challenging.
Maps – This folder includes a variety of useful maps. There are 17 weed patrol zones on the lake and each has its own map with a numerical location grid. These can be used to plot your patrol surveys and to mark the locations of any aquatic species that you need help identifying. In addition, please remember to include your GPS photo of those locations in case DES needs to be notified. The folder also contains detailed topographic and satellite maps with that can be used for general navigation, and a map of the Conway Lake Watershed that is useful in water quality studies of the Lake.
Library - Find links to useful aquatic plant guidebooks, webinar videos from both NH’s DES and the Lake Stewards of Maine on such topics as how to effectively patrol as a weed water, the influence of a warming climate on New England lakes, and a discussion on filamentous algae. Check this folder often to see what’s new.
How To - Quick guides and instructions for a variety of topics.
If you have a question, would like more information on the AIS Patrol program, or would like to report something you’ve seen, please drop a note to:
Maria Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Don Yurewicz (email@example.com)