Autumn

This week on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake.

Pictures from a beautiful year

With the season winding down Di Sino has sent some lovely photos to share, starting with a great shot of that spectacular rainbow we had back in June. She takes good pictures! Click ONCE on any photo to start a slide show. Enjoy!

Wildlife on the lake

We haven’t seen a lot of people this summer, but the wildlife has been better than usual with a noisy pair of loons, breeding mergansers, the occasional otter, and our family of eagles in the First Black channel. The eagle parents have been observed teaching their offspring how to fish this week. And here are the results of the July bat survey – an impressive five species were detected on the night of July 23, including threatened little brown bats in several different locations.

We’re also participating in the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program and have identified seven species of native clams in Lake of the Falls and up the river since June. Clam species have great names like Wabash Pigtoe, Fatmucket, and Spike, and their presence in our waters is a good indication of a healthy lake.

Have any good wildlife photos? Send them to lofassociation@gmail.com and share them with everyone!

 

Crappies in First Black Lake

In the last few years some LOFA members have expressed concern about perceived changes in the crappie population in First Black Lake. Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson listened to us and conducted a project late last year to assess the situation. Once again, we are most appreciative of  Zach’s efforts on behalf of our lakes. Thanks also go to LOFA board member Bill Dalpiaz for his time and effort as the head of the Fishing and Water Quality committee.

The report can be read  here and makes for very interesting reading.

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.