Turtle crossings again

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She was laying her eggs on the side of the road under our mailbox!

This is a re-post from last year, but it’s worth putting up again. Michael spotted this turtle today on Lake of the Falls Road.

With the breeding season in full swing for our local turtles, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program is asking for our help. If you observe a turtle crossing a road on her way to a nesting site, find any that have been hit by cars, or just spot a turtle in the wild, you can go to the WTCP’s website to report your sighting. These reports help conservation biologists find problem areas so they can work with road agencies to make crossings safer for motorists and turtles alike; and also help build a database to enable the WDNR to manage and conserve turtles. The website is full of interesting info about turtle species, protecting their nests, and helping them get across the roads safely when we find them.

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Ice off may be a little late this year…

…but that didn’t keep this lucky otter from finding a delicious meal below the ice on April 4th! I was lucky enough to have my camera out as he brought this snapping turtle up onto the shore at the north end of the lake and gorged himself on fresh meat. When an eagle and some crows arrived he relocated to the middle of the lake, finished eating, and dropped the carcass back into the water. No free meal for the birds, who looked a little disappointed!

Seven Swans a Swimming

Well maybe a family of 6…they appeared this morning where the river enters the lake. It has been unseasonably warm and the ice has froze and melted several times by us. Last week there were five Goldeneye ducks swimming in front of the dock. The photo of the Goldeneye is one I pulled from the Internet.

Today in is raining and in the mid forties. Tomorrow a cold front comes and all week it is supposed to be in the teens.IMG_0171Goldeneye

 

Nikki saw that moose!

Nikki Millet saw this guy strolling along Lake of the Falls Road right past Beaver’s Resort last Friday morning. Great pictures! Thanks for sending them!

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.