What is the Midge Hatch?

It is one of the earliest lake fishing hatches of the season. Many people may recognize these insects as the long slender black midge with two little white wings folded back symmetrically . The males have two fuzzy antennae. In total the fly measures about 7mm long. Some species of midge are non-biting but there are also the biting midge flies, disgusting!

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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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Extreme Ice Fishing

In which our roving reporter, Mark Smith, discovers a new sport …

Normally we call it the season of mud: March. It’s good for nothing, really. Neither spring nor winter, outdoor sportsmen have long found the buildup to the first day of spring to be one long yawn. This winter, however, has been topsy-turvy, with substantial snow and cold weather coming late, after much of the already flimsy ice of Lake Leelanau had broken up early.

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Demonstrating Sustainable Forestry – Palmer Woods Forest Reserve

I encourage everyone to visit a truly wonderful site (which I just discovered) called Nature Change, Conversations about Conservation and Climate, which is “a new multimedia magazine developed by the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) as a cooperative venture for regional nonprofit organizations involved in protecting and managing the lands and waters of Northwest Lower Michigan.”  It’s a beautifully produced and well-informed place for fueling “public discussions about natural resource management and adaptation in response to climate change, invasive species, changing Great Lakes water levels and other environmental challenges.”

Of particular interest to LLLA members might be an interview with longtime LLLA friend and member, Brian Price, former director of the Leelanau Conservancy and now the Palmer Woods Forest Reserve Manager.

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Ernie Harwell

For all you Ernie Harwell fans out there, I’m sharing this wonderful audio tribute, (click below to “read more”) starting at approx. 3:25. Well worth a listen. For me, the voice of Ernie Harwell was the voice of summer itself.  It’s just that simple.

Ernie always started the season with this reading from The Song of Solomon:

For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

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2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Winners

Some amazing photographs here of underwater scenes, including this one of the trout and duck, which reminded me of our wonderful LLLA logo.

British Waters Compact
WINNER: ‘Hello Ducky!’ by Paul Colley (UK)

Whilst trying to photograph trout during a year-long river project with a home-made pole-cam, a raft of Mallard ducks muscled in to steal food intended to entice trout to the camera.

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Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop

News Release

Contact Person: Kama Ross, District Forester

Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts

231-256-9783, kama.ross@macd.org

Release Date: Immediate until March 10, 2016

Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Boardman Nature Center, Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City

Fee: $10/person, pre-registration required by the March 10th (no walk-ins please)

Registration: Leelanau Conservation District, 231-256-9783, with a credit card or mail in a check made out to Leelanau CD, 8527 E.

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Stickers!

Who doesn’t love stickers?  We here at LLLA have not been hibernating all winter.  On the contrary, we have been busy planning for spring and summer, thinking of ways to get our message out to all riparians and lovers of Lake Leelanau.  And so it is with great pleasure that we announce the newly redesigned LLLA logo, thanks to Bethany Kucera of BatGirl Designs.

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