Acoustic bat monitoring – two new maps!

We’ve done two acoustic bat monitoring surveys this summer and have discovered that our beautiful lake supports five different species of bats! Check out our maps from July 17 and August 11.

These surveys are done as part of the Wisconsin Bat Program and coordinated locally by the North Lakeland Discovery Center. We conduct the surveys by taking a slow ride around the perimeter of the lake after dark 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.

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 such a healthy population of bats! Just one more reason to love our lake.

More information about bats in Wisconsin, including info about our various bat species,  can be found here.

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Suggested revisions to the bylaws, and a rainbow!

LOFA members, please click here to review the revisions to the bylaws that were submitted at last week’s Annual Meeting by Board member Jim Hannemann. If you have any comments, email them to lofassociation@gmail.com or talk to any Board member before the September 2nd Board meeting. (The current version of our bylaws can be read here.) Thanks.

And while you’re doing that, enjoy this beautiful rainbow over the lake, captured on film (or whatever) by Di Sino. Thanks for the picture, Di! (To really appreciate this, click on the picture to enlarge.)

LOFA Picnic 2018

We had record-setting attendance at this year’s picnic as 52 people enjoyed brats, burgers and lots of delicious side dishes and desserts on a really beautiful day, last Sunday July 29. A big thanks to Jeremy “Muskie Hunter” Wehrmann for manning the grill, to Tom at Beaver’s for his very generous donation of food and supplies, and to everyone who helped set up and take down. Randy did a great job putting it all together, and everyone had a good time. Terry Thayer won the 50/50 raffle and kindly donated his winnings back to the Association, and Amy Thayer won free dues for next year.

Our membership meeting and election of new officers took place before the picnic. Read the minutes and election results here.

Our annual picnic is right around the corner!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, July 29  at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

We’ll vote for new officers (President, Secretary and two at-large directors) and we will discuss 2 proposed amendments to the LOFA bylaws. Details are available in this year’s Summer Newsletter, which you can access by clicking here. And if there is anything else lake-related that you’d like to talk about, this is a great time to do it!

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, and bring your lawn chairs if you have them. 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 Saturday, July 28 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always welcome.

Come on out! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors around the lake. Hope to see you there.

New Lake Association Sign

We would like to thank LOFA Board member Jim Hannemann and craftsman David McNutt for our new sign under the lake kiosk, it really looks great.Kiosk Sign