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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Glen Lake Association is pleased to recognize Jeff and Diane Hamilton as Stewardship Award Winners for their commitment to preserve and protect the waters of Glen Lake. This video sheds light on what they did along the shoreline, why they did it, and how it is working to protect beautiful Glen Lake. Their shoreline improvements serve as a model for others to follow. Congratulations Jeff and Diane!
Another successful season of enjoying boat tours on Glen Lake has wrapped! Discovery Boat tours were fully booked for summer 2017, and held on five Fridays through July and into August. Tours were held twice a day, for a total of 10 sessions. One private session was held, with another private tour scheduled in September.
The consistently warm and clear summer weather led to no cancellations and reached almost 100 people, including many family and multi-generational groups. They gained insight into what makes Glen Lake special, from its formation by glaciers, to the many aquatic species within, and how government policy protects water quality. The groups were led by watershed biologist Rob Karner, of the GLA.
Karner wants to not only broaden people’s perspectives, he also wants people to know the lake well, like they know a friend.
"People always knew they liked Glen Lake, now they know why", says Karner.
The tours made for a beautiful – and educational – way to spend a gorgeous summer day. Coming up for the Discovery Boat – a new capability for tour seekers to pre-register, beginning in May of 2018.
The research vessel "RV Sarah", which is the GLA’s workboat, is featured in this video. Recently, the GLA board approved the changing of an old, two-stroke outboard engine to a new eco-friendly four-stroke engine. The new engine operates 90% cleaner than the old one. Thanks to Glen Craft Marina for helping us with the transition and ensuring the GLA boat is well equipped for the next 10 - 15 years into the future.
The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will open its 2017-2018 Forum Series with a presentation entitled #@It Happens, Then What?! Leelanau County Septic System: Water Quality and Public Health Implications at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the lower level of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay.
The panelists will be Tom Fountain, Director of Environmental Health at the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department; Nick Fleezanis, President of Lake Leelanau Lake Association; and Joe Williams of Williams and Bay Pumping Service. The event will be moderated by LWVLC Energy and Natural Resource Committee member Tricia Denton. Leelanau Clean Water will provide the Septic Newsletter to attendees.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Leelanau County Government Center is located at 8527 E. Government Center Dr. in Suttons Bay, MI.
For more information on the League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) call 231-271-5600, or visit LWVLeelanau.org. Follow LWVLC on Facebook at League of Women Voters Leelanau County.