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.

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.

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.

Mark your calendars

Lakeside CompanionThe Lake of the Falls Association has arranged a presentation by northwoods author Ted Rulseh of his newly published book,  A Lakeside Companion, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Community Center in Mercer.  Take a look at this short write up on the author and his book and then plan to join us! It promises to be fun and informative.

Native Plant Sale

native-plant-saleThis is from the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department’s Facebook page:

“The Native Plant Sale Brochure is ready! Hot off the press! Be sure to get what you need to create a beautiful native garden that will attract butterflies, birds and bees. NEW this year is our Pollinators Pack! You’ll save $2 on this offer and will receive 8 6-packs of grasses and wildflowers that will attract pollinators. Get your orders in while supplies last. To get your order form visit our website http://www.ironcountylcd.org/plant-sale (link expired) and click the link for the brochure or call us at 715/561-2234 and we’ll drop one in the mail to you.”