Northern Wisconsin’s declining loon population

This article about loons in Northern Wisconsin appeared this morning on WXPR’s web page. It seems that the loon population has declined by 20% in the last 30 years. Not good news!  It’s hard to imagine Lake of the Falls without our loons calling on summer nights. The study cited lists several possible reasons for the decline, but the bottom line for lake residents is that the most helpful thing we can do to protect our loons (and our eagles, herons, etc.) is to stop using lead tackle when we go out fishing. Thanks for reading!

Wisconsin Lakes virtual Annual Membership Meeting is on December 15

Learn about what your statewide lake conservation organization and association of local lake organizations accomplished in the past year as well as hear about the exciting plans for 2021 including information about “Wisconsin Water Week 2021” (the “amped up” virtual Lakes Convention), expanded advocacy and educational training offerings, and a preview of their legislative priorities for the new legislature in 2021. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and register your thoughts and comments.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Attendance is FREE but you must register to attend via Zoom. There is room for 100 participants on Zoom, and to accommodate any overflow, the event will also be streamed live on YouTube (no registration required to view on YouTube). Tuesday, December 15, from 4:00-5:30.

And here is the Fall/Winter edition of Lake Tides. The focus of this issue is rising water levels, and it includes an interesting article by the Discovery Center’s Emily Heald about measuring lake levels in northern Wisconsin lakes.

Sad news

Long-time lake residents might want to know that Maureen Leibach passed away last Sunday. As per  Maureen’s wishes there will be no services held.  The Leibachs were the owners of Musky Point Resort years ago and were good friends with many around the lake. The LOFA board sends condolences and sympathy to her family and friends.

Board meeting and Lake Tides

This is just a reminder that the fall board meeting, originally scheduled for this Sunday, September 6, has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Our next board  meeting will (hopefully) be at the usual time next spring on May 30.

At the last meeting on June 14, the board voted to enroll the Lake of the Falls Association in Wisconsin Lakes, an advocacy organization made up of lake associations and lake districts from all over the state. As a benefit of membership we receive the quarterly Lake Tides journal, which you can read here. This issue includes an interesting discussion of the Public Trust Doctrine from a 21st century perspective, information about aquatic invasive species, and more.

And another reminder – if you haven’t yet  paid your annual dues, there is still plenty of time. Visit our Pay your dues page and get it done! Thanks.

Help for frogs and their friends

Animal lovers across Wisconsin are being asked to help keep native frogs, salamanders, lizards and snakes from perishing under the wheels of cars and trucks.

As more herps seek warmth on roadways as air temperatures cool, Wisconsin residents and visitors are asked to report where they’re seeing these reptiles and amphibians — dead or alive. Your information will help conservationists  better understand where their populations occur and can help save more of them in the future.

The new roadkill reporting form is now available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Amphibians & Reptiles webpage.

Reports of deadly road crossings for turtles should still go to the longstanding Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. 

Together, we can make a difference for Wisconsin’s herps!