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.