LOFA Picnic 2017

We had a beautiful day for our annual picnic on Sunday, August 5. Thanks to Randy Roets for organizing it, James Wehrmann for cooking the burgers and brats (6 years in a row!), and everyone else who helped with the tent, brought food, and showed up with smiling faces. And thanks to Beaver’s Resort for letting us party on the lawn! Congratulations to Clayton Lester whose 95th birthday we celebrated, and to the winners of the 50/50 raffle. Jim Hanneman won the grand prize and generously donated it back to the Association, Fred and Joan Sass won free dues for next year, and Donna Roets won a fishing rod and Night Bobby donated by Bill and Nancy Dalpiaz.

Our annual picnic is right around the corner!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following. The agenda for the membership meeting is as follows:

Fish enhancement and water quality issues
Elections (Vice President and 3 board members)
Any other issues that the membership would like to discuss
Budget

Please feel free to bring family members and houseguests. Our menu will include brats, burgers, and beverages; if you would like to bring a dish to pass, please feel free to do so. If you haven’t already paid your membership dues, you can pay them at the picnic, and if you would like to participate in the 50/50 raffle, don’t forget to bring some cash!

Tent set-up will be Friday, Aug. 4 at about 10:00. Volunteers are always welcome. Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend!

Wow! A moose!

Bonnie Hill sent this a few days ago:

“My Husband Rich and my brother were fishing on the lake on Thursday, July 20th at 8 in the morning. Saw this Moose by the boat landing. Pictures are not too clear, but thought we would share.”

Thanks, Bonnie! Aren’t we lucky to be here.

 

Acoustic bat monitoring

Bat map 2017.6.2As part of a program offered by the North Lakeland Discovery Center, Michael and I have become volunteer bat monitors for the Wisconsin Bat Program. On the night of June 2 we took a slow ride around the perimeter of the lake while using a handheld bat detector. Each species of bat has a different high-frequency call which can be heard by the detector. By looking at the frequency, shape and other characteristics of calls, the software in the detector can identify the species of bat that was recorded.

Yesterday we received the mapped results of our survey, and here is what we found! Even though we didn’t see or hear any bats as we trolled along the shore, it turns out that there were quite a few around.

Bats are fascinating animals that are vital to the environment. They eat tons of insects nightly, saving farmers billions of dollars in pest control every year. They benefit our forests by pollinating a variety of flowering plants and spreading seeds that grow new trees. It’s good to know that Lake of the Falls supports a small population of bats, including Little Brown Bats, which are now on the Threatened list due to white-nose syndrome.

Board meeting minutes

The minutes from the latest Board of Directors meeting have been added to our About LOFA page for anyone who’s interested in reading them. It was a pretty good meeting! Also, there is now a link on the About our lake page to the Citizen Lake Monitoring reports (water testing for clarity and temperature) past and present for Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake, plus reports from other area lakes; scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see these.