Photo by Lori Fisher.

Calendar of Events

Want to learn more about Lake Champlain or get involved with efforts around the lake? LCC offers presentations about various aspects of the lake and its management. We also sponsor or participate in various efforts to increase environmental awareness or make a difference for the lake.  Below is a sample of venues and events. To schedule an event in your area please contact LCC at 802-658-1414 or lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org.  

Photo by Marc Faucher.

Friday Bird Walks ~ 8:00-9:00 AM 
at Burlington's Oakledge Park every Friday in May

Celebrate spring on weekly, free bird walks with the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC). Pick up tips to recognize the avian creatures that pass through and inhabit our region and learn how they rely on the lake. Whether you're an experienced or new birder or just looking to take a lakeside stroll, please join us at Oakledge! All walks begin at 8 AM, rain or shine, and last about an hour. Park at Oakledge Park, not along Flynn Avenue (parking fees apply after Memorial Day).

Friday, May 1, 2015
Early Lake Champlain birds are bobbing, diving and swimming! Find out about the waterfowl that inhabit our watershed and look for more early migrants.

Friday, May 8, 2015
What do catbirds, yellow warblers and red-eyed vireos have in common? They’ve all been seen in Oakledge Park! Spotting these spring migrants and year-round residents is easier before leaf-out.

Friday, May 15, 2015
The warblers are here! Mid-May is the best time to find these colorful, active little birds. See them forage and fly from the treetops, study their colors and distinguish their songs.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Potato Chip, Cheer Up–Cheerily-Cheerio , Tea-Kettle Tea-Kettle - Learn which birds songs are linked to these words and other ways to recognize birds by sound.

Friday, May 29, 2015
The region’s staple residents will be on their nests and preparing for summer. See who hangs around the water in the warmer months.

Our final bird walk program of the month will be followed by a light breakfast back at the LCC office at 208 Flynn Avenue. Click here to RSVP!

Photo by Sheila Chairvolotti.

Help assess Lake Champlain water conditions around the lake. Complete our blue-green algae monitor form if you're interested in monitoring during the 2015 season or want to attend a training session to learn more about the lake. Feel free to share this invite with other lake lovers.

 Monitoring will begin the week of June 14 and run through at least Labor Day with as many monitors as possible continuing to collect data until the end of September. Both new and returning monitors need to receive annual training. Participants must have weekly access to the same shoreline location (either public or private) and be able to file online reports. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by citizens as well as health, environmental and recreation agencies. It also adds to understanding on the trigger for blooms so we can reduce their frequency. Data from the monitoring program is regularly uploaded to the Lake Champlain blue-green algae data tracker map hosted by the Vermont Department of health and accessible to anyone with internet access.

The following monitor training sessions are free and open to the public but please pre-register to ensure we have enough space and materials. Presentations will last about an hour and provide background about blue-green algae, guidance on how to differentiate it from other lake phenomena, instructions for assessing water conditions, and actions to take to reduce blooms. Stay tuned for additional dates and locations of other upcoming training sessions. Contact us at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org or (802) 658-1414 if you have any questions or would like to help organize a training session for your community.

Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 PM
Lake Champlain Committee Office
208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT
Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs required.

Friday, June 5 at 9:00 AM
Kingsland Bay State Park Hawley House
787 Kingsland Bay State Park Rd. Ferrisburgh, VT

Thursday, June 11 at 10:00 AM
Lake Champlain Committee Office
208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT
Bagels and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs required. 

Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 PM
Plattsburgh Public Library 
19 Oak Street, Plattsburgh, NY

Friday, June 12 at Noon
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VT

Friday, June 12 at 2:30 PM
Lake Champlain Basin Program Office
54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT

Tuesday, June 16 at 3:30 PM
Crete Memorial Civic Center
Crete Center Road, Plattsburgh, NY

LCC's blue-green algae monitoring program is conducted in collaboration with New York and Vermont public health and environmental agencies and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. We are grateful for funding support from LCC members, the Vermont Department of Health and the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the 2015 season. 

Stay tuned for additional training session dates and locations as the 2015 season approaches. Contact us at lcc@ lakechamplaincommittee.org or (802) 658-1414 if you have any questions.

Events hosted by the Lake Champlain Committee and community partners

Several communities are hosting "Scoop the Poop" events to help clean up dog doo from parks, trails and sidewalks. These efforts help reduce the flow of bacteria and nutrients to waterways. Stay tuned for more details and contact LCC if you'd like to help organize a program in your community.

The Scoop on Dog Poop
While most pet owners conscientiously pick up after their dogs, pets with irresponsible owners leave reminders all around for the rest of us to deal with. All those poop piles add up. In addition to making our recreation areas unsightly they can cause health and water quality problems. Pet waste carries nutrients that feed the growth of weeds and algae in the water. EPA estimates that two or three days' worth of droppings from just 100 dogs contributes enough bacteria to temporarily close a waterbody to swimming and fishing. Woof-waste doesn't make good fertilizer; it burns grass and leaves unsightly discoloring. Infected pet poop can carry the eggs of roundworms and other parasites (like cryptosporidium, giardia, and salmonella) which can linger in soil for years. Anyone gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot, or digging in the infected dirt, risks coming into contact with those eggs. Children are most susceptible since they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths.

July 25, 2015 - Regatta for Lake Champlain

Hosted by Regatta for Lake Champlain and Rock Point Advisors
Benefiting LCC and other organizations
(802) 658-3023

The Regatta for Lake Champlain, presented by Rock Point Advisors is the most unique race in the region. It is the only race hosted on Burlington’s Waterfront, giving spectators a beautiful view of almost 50 sailboats, usually arriving under spinnakers (the colorful kite-like sail) into the harbor silhouetted against the Adirondack Mountains. As one of only a few certified Clean Regattas on Lake Champlain, all of the event’s organizers and participants commit to a list of environmental best practices to keep our waterways healthy and vital including use of non-toxic cleaning products, recycling, composting, and reducing single-use, disposable containers.

Since 2004 the Regatta has raised over $100,000 for lake causes. Nearly $20,000 has been donated to the Lake Champlain Committee to support our water quality protection and lake access work. 

Stay tuned for more details as the race approaches!

September 13,2015 - Lake Champlain Open Water Swim

Photo by Lori Fisher.

Donations to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee

This event is a 3.76 mile open swim across Lake Champlain starting in Essex, NY and ending at the Charlotte public beach in the town of Charlotte, VT. Rain or shine.

Participants must be 18 or older, have experience swimming in open water, and completed at least a 2 kilometer swim or race. Registration fee is $45 ($55 after August 15, 2015).
Registration covers a T shirt, timing of each participant, safe swimming course, drinks and energy food at the arrival. A winning cup for the 3 first places in the men and women category.

Donations separate from registration fee will help LCC work to combat invasive species, reduce nutrients and toxins and other projects.  

Participating swimmers are encouraged to gather pledges to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee’s work for clean, accessible water.

To register or donate to LCC, click here.