On June 22, 2016, a significant event occurred here in our backyard. The Michigan Swimmers Itch Partnership (MSIP), in conjunction with SICON, LLC. presented a conference specifically pointed at the problem of swimmer’s itch. Experts from the United States, Canada gathered to discuss and explain their research and attempts at dealing with the swimmer’s itch problem.
On Thursday June 23, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Lake Association will host another meeting concerning our “Swimmer’s Itch” (SI) Initiative. The formation of a committee and fund raising will be discussed as well as a Q&A on the SICON program that begins in July. The meeting will be held at the Leland Library.
Fish Committee Chair, Pete Taylor reports that the DNR will be conducting a netting survey on North Lake Leelanau, starting Monday, May 9 and extending through Thursday, May 12th. If you see someone netting fish on the lake, please know that this operation is “kosher” and do not worry. Fish will be caught, measured, weighed, and released.
Guidance for finding a Merganser Nest,
by Wayne Swallow, Water Quality Consultant
We’ve had several questions on how to find a common merganser nest. Success will rely on one’s ability to differentiate the common merganser from related species, some knowledge of its biology, and a lot of persistence and patience.
Now, before you go off looking for a merganser nest, you’ll need to sign a liability release waiver – similar to one required for any member volunteering in our water-sampling program.
Mystery Contest Winner and A Swimmers Itch (SI) Primer
The winner of the Lake Leelanau Lake Association (LLLA) “Mystery Photo” is Sarah Swinger. Sarah was selected in a drawing from the six who got the answers correct. She will receive a certificate for two bottles of wine up to a value of $50 from the Boat House Vineyards, whom we thank for their generosity.