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!

 

Migratory waterfowl, and that bear again

Any of us who were lucky enough to be on the lake for ice-off last May saw an incredible number of waterfowl migrating through our waters. Diana got these great photos of many of them. Our research told us that those little horned grebes aren’t usually common to our area, even as migrants. We were especially excited on the morning when we saw at least 40 loons through the fog, gathering near the edge of the ice.

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