News

22 Aug

Well-Attended Annual Meeting Saw Awards, Q & A

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Members and friends came together for the annual Glen Lake Association meeting, making for a fun and informative time on Saturday, August 12. Two educational sessions were held– one on Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner– and a Q & A with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Leelanau County Deputy.

 

 

Awards were presented to recent Legends, and stewardship awards to Steve Christensen (Leelanau County Drain Commissioner) and the Harbor Island Association.

 

 

New board members were voted for by the membership as well. Lunch was enjoyed after the meeting, provided by the GLA. Thanks to everyone who attended!

 

 

11 Aug

Glen Lake Association’s Annual Meeting Sat. Aug. 12

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The GLA Annual meeting is Saturday, August 12.
Held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, Glen Arbor.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees following the meeting, along with free tree seedlings!

The membership 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 appreciate your participation on this important matter.

The meeting will also include two break out sessions, one hour each, and will discuss the following topics:

Swimmer’s Itch Update

Come learn about the GLA’s 2017 program to control Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner. He will discuss current research, statewide initiatives, partners that are active in reducing Swimmer’s Itch, funding needs and what you can do to help. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Q&A with the Sheriff

This open Q&A session will offer the opportunity to ask questions about legal issues pertaining to the lake and watershed.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend – particularly someone who has never attended the annual meeting.


11 Aug

Glen Lake Association’s Annual Meeting Sat. Aug. 12

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The GLA Annual meeting is Saturday, August 12.
Held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, Glen Arbor.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees following the meeting, along with free tree seedlings!

The membership 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 appreciate your participation on this important matter.

The meeting will also include two break out sessions, one hour each, and will discuss the following topics:

Swimmer’s Itch Update

Come learn about the GLA’s 2017 program to control Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner. He will discuss current research, statewide initiatives, partners that are active in reducing Swimmer’s Itch, funding needs and what you can do to help. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Q&A with the Sheriff

This open Q&A session will offer the opportunity to ask questions about legal issues pertaining to the lake and watershed.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend – particularly someone who has never attended the annual meeting.


31 Jul

Intern Program Starts

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GLA begins a new intern program – meet the first two interns. Watch this video and meet Erica Becker and Amanda Dow and their mentor Joe Blondia and learn what projects they are working on to begin this new and exciting program.


12 Jul

Combating Swimmer’s Itch seminar

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The Leland Library will host a program on “Combating Swimmers Itch” on August 7, 2017. The program, featuring Nick Fleezanis, will run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Leland Library, Munnecke Room.  Visit http://www.leelanausumminars.org for more information.

                         


20 Jun

Testing for phosphorous in water samples

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Phosphorous, along with nitrogen, is an essential nutrient for plants and animals. As a major component in most fertilizers, runoff or erosion can lead to too much phosphorous in the water, and the depletion of oxygen from excessive aquatic growth. Called eutrophication, it can result in animal die-off , toxins and foul water. Therefore the monitoring of phosphate levels in water is extremely important.
The Glen Lake Association collects water samples every spring and fall and sends them to Lansing where they are tested for phosphorous levels which are then compared with other lakes in the State of Michigan. This provides the GLA with valuable and comparable data for our water quality monitoring program.


26 May

Battling Swimmer’s Itch

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GLA is currently undergoing new research to help find ways to control swimmer’s itch. In this picture, you can see Ron Reimink of Freshwater Solutions, LLC, working on a tree cavity found in an old broken oak tree on Big Glen. He is using a long telescopic pole with a GoPro video camera at the end to “look into” the possible nesting site of a female Common Merganser. GLA is in the process of monitoring several possible nest sites and the full result of this effort will be reported at a later time. Remember, the key to controlling swimmer’s itch is to try and limit the number of merganser broods that come to our lake in FUTURE years. Also, remember that it is against the law and federal fines could be imposed if anyone harms this bird or her eggs during the nesting season. If you feel you have a potential nesting cavity or better yet, see a merganser fly in or out of a tree cavity, please email Rob Karner at:  rkarner@leelanau.org and he will follow up on your sightings.


16 May

GLA Embraces Drones

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The Glen Lake Association is experimenting with drone technology to combat swimmer’s itch.  The objective is to locate common merganser nest cavities in the trees so we can learn more about their natural history that might give us a better handle on controlling their populations and thus reducing swimmer’s itch.  GLA has partnered with Zero Gravity LLC and are finding that with drones, we can get a “bird’s eye view” of the forest and better analyze where nest cavities might be located.  So far, we are making modest progress.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rob Karner at rkarner@leelanau.org.


27 Apr

Help needed with merganser nests

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We need your help.

The Glen Lake Association (GLA) is pleased to announce partnering in 2017 with Ron Reimink, owner of Freshwater Solutions, under a comprehensive contract to combat swimmer’s itch on Glen Lake. We have over 30 years of successful experience with Ron whose reputation is superb.

Our plan will be to live trap and relocate common merganser broods this spring/summer. In addition, we plan to control itch by covering common merganser nests (tree cavities) in the summer/fall of this year, after the broods have left the nest. Based on the behavioral ecology of mergansers, we believe this will reduce the number of broods on the lake in 2018 and beyond.

We have a professional crew working on finding nests and we hope to locate as many as 5 to 7 nests. Once we find the nests, GLA, with your permission, would like to place cameras on the nest while it is active to monitor the nesting environment and learn vital information about their natural history that will make it easier to find nests in the future. Even though we have activated this crew, with your help, we could increase our chances of finding more nests.

If you are able and willing to help us find active nest sites in trees near your home, then please consider this request. During the month of May, females fly around the forests as they visit their nest cavities as they lay their eggs (one egg per day). These flight patterns are best observed between daybreak and 9 a.m. The mergansers often will vocalize while flying (low-pitched grunts). Nest sites are often close to the shoreline but can be several hundred yards from shore as well. The nest height off the ground can be from 2 to 50 feet high.

If you suspect an active nest and you want to confirm your finding(s), please call Ron at 616-293-0252.  Either Ron or myself will come evaluate the situation. We also would seek your permission to access to your property during the nesting period.

Thanks.

Rob Karner

P.S. More detailed information about our comprehensive program for controlling swimmer’s itch will come via the website and spring newsletter.


20 Apr

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection

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Clean up your homestead SAFELY and take your hazardous waste and electronics to a responsible collection site. Download a list of what’s allowed here: Hazardous Waste List