Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Ken on the lake
Ken on the lake

Ken Bailey

Ken was an extraordinary person who had a special connection with the fish and wildlife of Lake Megunticook. We worked with him whenever there was a Loon in trouble nearby, whether on the Lake or along the Camden waterfront. He could recognize subtle signs that "something wasn't right" long before a bird was debilitated enough to beach itself, allowing that individual to get into treatment early in a disease or injury process.

Ken about to release a young Bald Eagle
Ken about to release a young Bald Eagle

Our friend and volunteer, Amy Campbell, wrote: "I will always remember the night we all worked together to rescue the loon that was in Camden Harbor. He was so adept and easy with the way he captured the bird, no muss, no fuss, as if that was what his life was all about. And that truly was his way - no matter what the issue. His entire being was focused, efficient and professional, but he added that oh, so human element of humor and love of life that surpassed everything."

Ken lost his life to cancer on July 10, 2012. July 10 was also the day we broke ground for the Pool Hall. We knew as soon as we heard the news that we would want to dedicate the facility to his memory. On the morning of July 11, MWA member Wendy Wickenden paddled out onto Lake Megunticook to pay her respects to Ken. In describing that experience, she wrote: "… I was surprised by ten loons popping up all around me and not the least bit intimidated by my presence. I am certain that this was a tribute to Ken as you can see his house in the background." The photo she took says it all (the Baileys' cottage is the second one from the right).

Loons honor Ken - July 11, 2012
Loons honor Ken - July 11, 2012
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