Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

I want to give a shout-out to a site I’ve just discovered: Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.  As part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, NWMISN provides information and advice for “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.”

The mission statement goes on to say “The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) works directly with partners in four counties: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee.

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Pictures from Grogan’s

As we shiver and wait on these cold Spring days .. wait for something a bit more like summer to appear… as we think of warmer days of sun and fun, I am grateful for these wonderful pics from Jim Grogan, which remind us why we love it here.  One of Jim’s photos is of a good number of kids jumping off that wonderful Jim Grogan Family Raft.  

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Guidance for finding a Merganser Nest

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.

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Mystery Photo Winner

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.

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Get Ready for the Kayaking Season

Types of kayaks

Kayaks come in various shapes and sizes to travel on the water. Depending on the kayaker’s intent, some kayaks are better for paddling down a river and others only in lakes. I read out of a couple library books and researched kayaks for two months. After researching, I discovered a broad selection of kayaks out there for fishing, long trips, and some even suitable for snorkeling and fly-fishing.

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