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.

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.)

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!

 

Our second annual fall get-together

. . .at Beaver’s Resort was a success last Saturday with 17 people in attendance (at least that’s what I counted) and lots of lively conversation and good feelings all around. It’s always sad to see another season end, but this is a great way to say farewell! I took a couple of pictures of the group but they were a little blurry and the light was bad, so, instead, enjoy this photo of some otters who visited the north end of the lake on a gorgeous morning last week. Before it started to snow!