Aiming to help prevent the parasite carried by Merganser ducks that causes Swimmer’s Itch, GLA will soon be live trapping and relocating Common Merganser hens and their chicks.
You may see trapping teams setting up nets and working your shoreline to capture the ducks. If so, please assist the efforts by staying inside until the hen and her chicks have been captured. Usually, it takes about an hour or two to set up the nets, capture, and relocate the brood.
If you see broods, please do not harass them in any way, as it can increase the difficulty of catching them. (Note: It is illegal to shoot them except during hunting season).
Finally, if you observe a Common Merganserbroodon Glen Lake, please call in your sighting to 231-883-2776, noting the number of chicks and where you observed them. (There is no need to callif you see single mergansers without chicks or broods of other species such as mallards.)
Our goal will be to repeat last year’s effort of live trapping 100% of the Common Merganser broods. The trapping season begins now and will continue until early July.
According to our Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner, here are 10 quick things you can do in preparation for the summer season on Glen Lake:
1. Check your septic pumping schedule to see if you need to pump your tank (usually every 3-5 years or more frequently with heavy use).
2. Refrain from blowing leaves and debris into the lake as you clean up your yard. Compost leaves in the woods to return nutrients to the soil.
3. Prepare to gather all hazardous wastes for the spring collection date of June 30 at Glen Lake School (call 231.256.9812 ahead of collection day).
4. Prep your lake water irrigation system after the last frost for summer use, or set up a time to contact a contractor to install one.
5. Mix your compost piles that are away from the shoreline and add new compost.
6. Take shelled corn or other grains off your shopping list so you are not tempted to feed the ducks on your shoreline. By not feeding the waterfowl you’ll keep ducks, geese, and swans from gathering in concentrated groups where they will defecate, introducing harmful E. coli bacteria and excessive nutrients to the water.
7. Sign up for a Discovery Boat Cruise and find out more about GLA’s 2018 projects and initiatives, along with learning what makes Glen Lake and the Crystal River Watershed so special.
8. Take the online survey for the Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program at www.mishorelandstewards.org and become a Guardian. (Please be sure to register!)
9. Pick up all pet waste that accumulated over the winter and dispose in the trash.
10. If you fertilize in the spring, be sure to keep it at least 50 feet away from the shoreline and shop for phosphorous-free fertilizer. HJ Premium Turf Food provides essential nutrients lawns need to be vigorous, lush and green.
Thank you for your efforts in caring for Glen Lake
and the Crystal River Watershed!
The Glen Lake Association (GLA) Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Rd., Glen Arbor.
The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. with educational sessions, followed by the State of the Lake report and member recognition awards. Lunch will be provided for all attendees immediately following the meeting. Free tree seedlings will be available for all attendees too!
Educational topics will include:
Swimmer’s Itch update by GLA lake biologist, Rob Karner.
Overview of the Glen Lake Watershed Guardian Program and introduction of our new, on-staff Guardian Ambassador, Tricia Denton.
Opportunities for members to make an impact through GLA involvement.
Members will have the opportunity to vote for new board members who are filling vacancies for terms that have expired or those seeking a second term. A nominating committee has identified qualified members and made their recommendations for the available positions. The GLA appreciates your participation on this important matter.
Bring a friend or neighbor, particularly someone who has never attended the annual meeting.
Registration for GLA’s 2018 Discovery Boat cruises is now open to the public! Plan a memorable outing to enjoy a scenic, summertime cruise while also learning about the wonder of our freshwater lakes.
Schedule the date and time that works for you at this link to our GLA Event Calendar. It’s not too soon to plan on enjoying a Discovery Boat cruise with your friends and family – and they’ll thank you for it!
Join Glen Lake Association’s Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner, on a pontoon boat for a two hour scientific study of Glen Lake. Using various scientific equipment, students learn all about plankton, water chemistry, Swimmer’s Itch life cycle, hydrology, bottom sediments, aquatic succession, and aquatic plants.
Also learn about and see a plankton net, a compound microscope, Ekman Dredge, sonar devices, aqua view underwater camera, and the hydrolab.
Note:Children under 5 years not allowed. Children 5-10 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If possible, please bring life jackets for children.
Download theliability release form here, which is required for all participants. Registration price is per person. Please add additional people in your group as “Guests” under the primary registration.
GLA reserves the right to cancel due to weather conditions. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to starting time.
We look forward to having you and sharing our love of Glen Lake! It’s going to be a great summer.
The Glen Lake Association has an environmental protection job opportunity available.
Work outdoors while helping to keep Glen Lake waters free from invasive species. This opportunity involves educating boaters, power washing of boats and generally being an ambassador for the GLA efforts to protect Glen Lake. And your place of work is at the Little Glen boat launch – a beautiful, natural outdoor location.
Work 25 – 30 hours per week, Memorial Day through the end of October. Starting compensation is $11 per hour. Please call (231) 835-0118. We look forward to working with you!
A recent article in the Traverse City Record Eagle April 1 mentions our watershed biologist, Rob Karner, and his insight on a new DNR permit targeting the common merganser duck. The goal of the permit, which allows for the killing or relocation of the ducks, is to reduce the occurrence of Swimmer’s Itch. The duck is the main host for the tapeworm that starts the cycle of swimmer’s itch
Karner, as well as most lake association presidents, doesn’t plan on killing the ducks, choosing instead to relocate them.
The following except is from the April 1 Record Eagle article.
“Rob Karner, a watershed biologist with the Glen Lake Association, said it’s much more effective to trap and relocate the ducks. Under the DNR permit there is a limit to how many can be killed in the off season.
“If you have a permit to shoot 25 ducks and there are 100 or more, the cycle continues,” Karner said.
Live trapping has no limit.
“That really has a larger impact on breaking the life cycle,” he said.
While some people think that all mergansers are to blame, only about half of them are infected, Karner said. Most of them are young birds, as the older ones have developed an immunity, he said.”
“The state requires that only licensed contractors do the trapping and relocating. The birds can also only be relocated to DNR-approved public areas where there are no snails in the waters. They also have to be sites where mergansers have been spotted and can survive.
Two such places are in Suttons Bay and on Lake Huron, Wynne said.
Karner said he’s glad the science has finally caught up to the application.
“We’ve bridged the gap between pure research and applied science,” he said.
Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mi. will host the 57th annual conference for the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.
“Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship,” is the topic for the weekend conference held on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.
Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc. is a non-profit, primarily volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and effectively managing Michigan’s vast treasure of inland lakes and streams as well as advocating for the protection of riparian property rights.
Key Note Speakers at the conference will be:
MI State Senator Rebekah Warren
MDNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Policy Director Grenetta Thomassey
Higgins Lake Foundation Chair Vicki Springstead
There will be many interesting topics discussed at the conference, among them: Inland Lake Ecology 101; The Role of Lake Associations in Promoting Lake Stewardship; The Importance of Natural Shorelines; The Economic Value of Michigan’s Inland Lakes; Establishing the Value of a Lake Association; Managing Invasive Starry stonewort; Non-chemical control of invasive phragmites Swimmer’s Itch Seminar; Aquatic Plant Identification; Riparian Rights and Water Law Update with ML&SA Attorney Clifford H. Bloom; MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Volunteer Training, and many more.
To register for the ML&SA 57th Annual Conference, click here.
Learn more about the 57th annual conference for the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc. here.
The Glen Lake Association has begun a watershed protection project that will involve the GLA and our three townships – Glen Arbor, Empire, and Kasson. We have hired Tony Groves as our lake management consultant with Progressive AE in Grand Rapids. Tony is the Water Resources Practice Leader in the civil engineering group. He has over 30 years of experience working with lake communities throughout Michigan to ensure successful implementation of lake and watershed management projects. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Rob Karner, watershed biologist for further information. email@example.com.
This video was produced by the Leelanau Conservancy, showing the pristine upper reaches of Hatlem Creek as well as the marl spring at its source. Hatlem Creek is the largest stream feeding into Glen Lake.
In the photo, the dark area are thousands of Emerald Shiners (minnows) that are happily spawning! Great job by the Leelanau County Road Commission on fixing the culvert beneath MacFarlane Rd. The work was completed by Elmer’s Crane and Dozer. The project was completed in about 4 weeks and MacFarlane Rd. is now open.