The last time there was thawing weather in northern Michigan, I spotted some individuals out on Boardman Lake. One must remember that ice can wear thin where there is a river running through. Did they think about that? Ice fishing can be fun but also a risky and a very dangerous endeavor. Ever since I was a child, I remember walking on the ice with my father holding the ice spud and checking every few feet.Read more
So .. you think this winter is hard? Three years ago .. now that was a real winter! The winter of 2013-14 was unrelenting, dumping massive amounts of snow on us, leaving us reeling. There was nowhere left to put the snow!
I’ve included a few movies to remind you what a real winter looks like.Read more
Winter is almost here and a number of home invading pests may be trying to make their way into wood piles and homes for shelter. But every land owner knows they have got to do something. Some may want to use strong chemicals which may make their way right into the soil. These chemicals directly harm the soil food web, which helps plants grow and maintain the lakes.Read more
Changing Nature’s Clocks .. the idea seemed very appropriate for this day, when our clocks chane. A well made video and informative article from our friends at NatureChange:
“Each spring, people in Northwest Lower Michigan witness the emergence of wildflowers on the forest floor. Then, the buds of hardwood trees burst open, unfurling broad chartreuse leaves.Read more
We our pleased to announce our affiliation with Michigan Shoreland Stewards, a program which provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property.
Become a Michigan Shoreland Steward!
Each year more and more lake front properties are being developed and natural lakefront habitats are becoming scarce.
Exploring the Hearing of Freshwater Fish
Water is a carrier for many forms of sound. Some sounds vary in frequency; others have a range of volume measured in decibels (intensity and power). When one travels one cannot help but ask the question, “What impact does the boating equipment I own make?”
Dr. Arthur Popper, who is the Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland, forwarded some articles to me to learn more about acoustics in water.Read more
Heather Hettinger, Fisheries Management Biologist for Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources out of Traverse City, gave an informative and lively presentation to the Leelanau Clean Water organization on July 20, which was attended by some of our members. You can access the presentation by clicking here. Here is a little info on Heather:
I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources in various capacities since 2000.Read more
The Cedar River flows into the southwest shore of South Lake Leelanau. The location on the map appears to be a large unsettled area. That is because it is an official nature preserve. I recently paddled back there with family in search of a lake which I thought may have bluegill. Before we set out, a friend mentioned to me that the lake holds many gar, like logs strewn throughout the lake.Read more
Now is the season to escape from the home and discover new waters or kayak down the river out of Cedar. However, to get there a safe mode of transportation is necessary.
It is better not to go down the road with a large kayak, nearly at the maximum weight limit of the rack, then encounter a rough dirt road.Read more