Won’t be long, now

Di Schuett sent these photos she took yesterday at the north end of Lake of the Falls showing a little bit of open water, a migratory pair of Common Goldeneyes, and half a dozen swans a-swimming. And, according to the 2021 Hummingbird Spring Migration Map, our tiny feathered overlords are moving into Tennessee today on their way back to our feeders.

Rice Lake gets the grant

The Rice Lake Association has received a three year, $127,000 Aquatic Invasive Species grant from the Wisconsin DNR to aid in removal of the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed from their lake. That’s good news for them and for us, but there is still a lot of work to be done to prevent this nasty weed from spreading downriver to Pike Lake and Lake of the Falls. Click here to read the article that appeared in this week’s Iron County Miner and stay tuned for ways you can help when the time comes.

Iron County’s 2021 Native Plant Sale

Click here for the order form for this year’s annual native plant sale. It’s a good chance to purchase trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that will improve your property and benefit county conservation programs at the same time. Last year we had great success with the wildflowers we ordered. Our hummingbirds were very pleased!

The order deadline is February 26. By the time the plants arrive, all this snow will be gone! Well, probably.

Support for Rice Lake from the Mercer Town Board

We received this email from the ICLRA on Friday evening:

Thank you all for your support.

Today we received notice from the DNR that the Rice Lake grant had  gained high scores in the DNR grant ranking.  At about 5:50 PM the Mercer Town Board voted unanimously to send a letter of intentation to build a boat landing on Rice Lake as required by the Wisconsin DNR in order to approve the Rice Lake grant.

We and the people on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, Lake of the Falls and the Turtle-Flambeau thank you for your actions in support of the program to eliminate the Curly Leaf Pondweed from Rice Lake.

Best Regards

Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc.

(Thanks to everyone who expressed support for this.)

Citizens Lake Monitoring Network webinars

 

The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) is the organization that coordinates over 1000 citizen volunteers (including volunteers on Lake of the Falls) and shares the results of our findings with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership and the general public. They also produce interesting and informative interactive online workshops and make them available for viewing on YouTube! You can take a look at them here, and maybe learn something new about our lake.