Things to do while we’re waiting for Spring

Two virtual conferences are coming up in March which may be of interest:

Wisconsin Water Week, March 8-12. Replacing the in-person Lakes and Rivers Convention that was held yearly in Stevens Point, this online event will feature presentations, panel discussions, and interactive conversations with experts  on the full range of water topics, opportunities to network with fellow participants through messaging and chat functions, and exposure to a wide range of service providers and non-profit organizations working on water and water conservation. The presentations on March 8 and 9 look especially interesting, and at just $20 a day it’s really affordable.

Canoecopia, March 12-14. This annual paddlesports extravaganza usually takes place in Madison, but this year is completely virtual and includes three days of presentations and exhibits that make outdoors-people like me really happy. This one’s cheap, too! Only $15 for all three days.

Won’t be long before the ice melts and we’ll all be back on the lake.

Groundwater and Lakes

This month’s webinar sponsored by the Citizen’s Lake Monitoring Network is titled Groundwater and Lakes. Something I would like to know more about! The December topic was A Trip to the Bog and it was fascinating. I’m going to be sure to find a local bog and go in June when the flowers are in bloom!

Anyone interested in learning about our groundwater can sign up here to attend the webinar (link expired) live this Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm CST, or you can access all of the CLMN webinars on their YouTube page.

And coming March 8-12 is Wisconsin Water Week, a week of presentations, panel discussions, interactive conversations with experts, and more on the full range of water topics, and all taking place online. This is the reincarnation of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention which was held annually in Stevens Point, and which had to go virtual at the last minute in 2020 because of the pandemic. Because of that I was able to attend, and it was time well-spent. It should be even better this year!

Covid-19 updates from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Here is a link to the website of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It includes Covid-19 data by county, and a map that is updated daily. Follow these links to the Iron County Public Health Department, and the Vilas County Public Health Department for more local information. And here is an article that appeared last night on NPR’s website projecting when each state is expected to “peak;” it is just a prediction, and it will probably change over time, but I thought it was interesting.

Social distancing seems to be working – stay safe, everyone!

Conservation on Tap and the spring LOFA board meeting

Here is the schedule for this year’s Conservation on Tap programs, sponsored by the Iron County Land and Waters Conservation Department, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, and hosted by The Pines restaurant. These are always interesting programs!

And, the spring meeting of the Lake of the Falls board of trustees will be this Sunday, May 26, at 10:00 am at Beaver’s Resort. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

LOFA-sponsored “Ted Talk” coming soon!

LOFA Board president Jan Tesch has done a great job arranging and promoting this upcoming presentation by local author Ted Rulseh, scheduled for May 18 at the Mercer Community Center. Thanks, Jan! This will be a great way to learn more about the lakes we love.

Here’s  a printable version of the poster for you to hang on your refrigerator or give to your friends.