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

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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.

Just in time for opening day! Our new Fish Count Form

From Bill Dalpiaz of our Fishing and Water Quality Committee:

Our local DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson feels that any data on fish that are caught on Lake of the Falls or the Black Lakes will help give a better picture of the numbers and health of our fish populations. While working with him, we have created a form to document catches by our members, their families, and their guests. It gathers most of the same information as a Landing Creel Count at a boat landing which would require many hours of time.

The form is pretty straightforward and needs only the information you have, we expect that not all anglers may know the water temp or if the lake level is high or low. Any information on the form will help, this is not exact science, just a small piece of information that Zach can use to analyze our fish populations and catch rates. Please list all fish, even undersized. If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at: billandnanchome@hotmail.com. (If you need help identifying all the fish you catch, use this handy guide from the Wisconsin DNR.)

Thank you in advance for your help. Forms can be picked up and completed forms can be dropped off at Beaver’s Resort or mailed to the LOFA address on the form. Forms downloaded from the Association web site and those e-mailed to members will be 2-up on a page and should be cut apart for ease of use.

Once again, here’s a link to the Fish Count Form.

LOFA-sponsored “Ted Talk” coming soon!

LOFA Board president Jan Tesch has done a great job arranging and promoting this upcoming presentation by local author Ted Rulseh, scheduled for May 18 at the Mercer Community Center. Thanks, Jan! This will be a great way to learn more about the lakes we love.

Here’s  a printable version of the poster for you to hang on your refrigerator or give to your friends.

The Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department Native Plant Sale 2019

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Joe Pye Weed

Planting native species is one of the best things you can do to beautify your property, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the health of our lake. The Iron County LWCD makes it easy and affordable with their annual Native Plant Sale! They’re offering some NEW plant species this year, and and a new option of smaller bundle sizes of trees and shrubs. Here is this year’s order form, or you can go to the ICLWCD website or call Heather at 715-561-2234. The order deadline is February 22.