Swim to Save Bennett Island Forever!
Help us Conserve Bennett Island
August 26, 2017 9 am
You can help Bear-Paw save Bennett Island Forever and protect the eagles and loons that nest there by supporting our Swim to Save Bennett Island fundraiser! Swimmers will complete a half-mile lap to the island and back or a one-mile loop around the island. Participants collect pledges to raise money to help protect this special place. The pledges you collect will directly contribute to the health of Bow Lake, the protection of nesting eagles and loons, and the permanent conservation of Bennett Island.
If you haven't registered yet for this event, please let us know that you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-463-9400 as soon as you can (and anyone else to expect). We are going to run out of room at the Bennett Bridge Beach if we are not careful! If you can carpool or boatpool, thanks! We have raised over $2,200 already and there are many more pledges expected to come in.
The forecast for Saturday morning is 60-70 with a 6mph breeze from the northwest. Plan to arrive by 8:30 am if you are a swimmer or motor boat. If you are unloading a kayak or canoe please show up at 8:15 am to allow unloading time.
Click here to get your pledge form or click here to make a secure, online contribution (if you want to designate your gift to a swimmer then type their name on the "Bennett Island Forever" line with the pencil symbol as shown in this image). You can also mail your check to Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Post Office Box 19, Deerfield, NH 03037 and indicate “The Bennett Island Project” and your swimmer in the memo section. If you have any questions about the campaign or if you would like to get involved with the effort, please contact the office at 603-463-9400 or email@example.com! If you know someone who would like to support the Bennett Island Forever Campaign, send them a link to this page or the project description here!
Some opportunities only come along once in a lifetime and then they are lost forever. This is one of those times. Bear-Paw has been trying to create an opportunity to conserve Bennett Island almost since its founding in 1995. One of our earliest events was a field trip to the island with its owner, Bruce Montville. Now, almost 20 years later, Bruce and his family have decided that it is time to protect Bennett Island forever!
Undeveloped islands are a rare natural resource, in the Bear-Paw region and on Bow Lake in particular. Located in Strafford and Northwood, the lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife; including a pair of breeding Bald Eagles that live on Bennett Island and Common Loons that nest on and around it. Few people visit Bow Lake without taking a lap around Bennett Island. The lake is also a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and boating.