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!

Beaver’s Resort Musky Tournament 2019

What do you do on a cold rainy day? Why fish in a Musky tournament on beautiful Lake of the Falls of course!

Twelve boats braved the cold, wet., windy elements but only one boat had the winning fish.

The winner was Jason Burmesch with his 40 1/2 inch musky.

Here is a picture of the fish and Jason holding his first place trophy which was made by Joe Chivers.

Congratulations to Jason.

Acoustic bat monitoring on May 29th

Bat survey May, 2019Our first bat survey of 2019 revealed at least 3 species of bats thriving around our lake as of May 29, including Little Brown Bats, which are threatened statewide by white-nose syndrome. The surveys are done each year as part of the Wisconsin Bat Program and coordinated locally by the North Lakeland Discovery Center. This is fewer species than last year, but our first survey was conducted a little earlier in the year and along a slightly different route than in previous years; we have two more surveys scheduled for this season, weather permitting. The next survey should be in mid-July and the map will be posted a few weeks later, so stay tuned! Maps from our previous attempts and more information can be seen here and here

Turtle crossings and meeting minutes

Please remember to report your turtle sightings to the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program! Let’s help them make life better for our little hard-shelled buddies.  Here is the link to do so.  This page also links to information about natural history, species identification, how to protect turtle nests, and much more.

And, completely unrelated, here are the minutes from the LOFA Board’s May 26 meeting at Beaver’s.