Turtle crossings

This girl was spotted near the Mercer Lake boat landing last Monday. She was about 2′ long!

With the breeding season in full swing for our local turtles, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program is asking for our help. If you observe a turtle crossing a road on her way to a nesting site, find any that have been hit by cars, or just spot a turtle in the wild, you can go to the WTCP’s website to report your sighting. These reports help conservation biologists find problem areas so they can work with road agencies to make crossings safer for motorists and turtles alike; and also help build a database to enable the WDNR to manage and conserve turtles. The website is full of interesting info about turtle species, protecting their nests, and helping them get across the roads safely when we find them.

Conservation on Tap 2017

Another sure sign of Spring! Here is the Conservation on Tap schedule for the coming year. Print one for yourself and one for a friend. It looks like an interesting line up. Hope to see you there!

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 www.ironcountylcd.org/plant-sale and click the link for the brochure or call us at 715/561-2234 and we’ll drop one in the mail to you.”

You can click here for a direct link to the brochure. The deadline for orders is February 24. Michael & I have ordered plants through this sale in the past and have always been really happy with them.

More! More!

MORE FISH!

Earlier this month we received this email from Zach Lawson, Fisheries Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR:

We stocked 4,454 walleyes (in Lake of the Falls) the last week of September average size about 7-8”. We won’t be in LOF in the spring targeting walleyes for a couple of years, but we are seeing a few fish in that 12-17” range in some of our other survey work out there so that is encouraging. I am also getting some reports from folks that are catching fish in that size range too, which should be some of these stocked fish from the last few years. It is nice to see some progress and these fish just stocked should keep trickling up into the adult population! Hopefully they will start doing it on their own in a short while here – we’ll keep an eye on it.

MORE ELECTRICITY!

Last week a team from Xcel Energy installed new replacement electric cable under the north end of the lake to feed power to the Voyager area and the residences on West Lake Road. Crews worked for 5 days straight on the shore and in the water in an effort to improve the reliability of  our electric service. Mike M. got these photos:

In case you missed it

We’re very grateful to Wendy Thiede for recording Zach Wilson’s excellent presentation about shoreline buffer zones at The Pines last Wednesday night. In case you weren’t able to attend,  you can watch it here.