Final Report Received from our Baseline Plant Survey
By Bob Jacobel
February 13, 2022 - The final report from our August 2021 plant baseline survey was delivered in mid February from Matthew Berg, research biologist with Endangered Research Services LLC of St. Croix Falls. As described in more detail in the DL Fall 2021 Newsletter, the Point Intercept Macrophyte Survey derives its name from utilizing a pre-established grid of hundreds of GPS points that are sampled
according to the lake bathymetry. Data are recorded at locations with a shallow bed (and more plants) at a higher density than deeper areas where there are few or no plants. The grid can thus be
resurveyed precisely in future years.
The final report confirms the very positive news from the preliminary results last fall that found no evidence of Eurasian water-milfoil, Curly-leaf pondweed, or any other fully aquatic exotic
plant in Diamond Lake. Corroborating the earlier results, the report states that, “Diamond Lake has a truly exceptional native plant community that is dominated by high-value species that are
both sensitive to human impacts and regionally uncommon.” Specific findings show that species diversity (defined in the report) is exceptional, and species richness is “high,” with over 60
The full report runs over 100 pages and contains many beautiful plant photos, tables and maps of plant distribution, so interested readers are encouraged to follow the link to a version that can be
downloaded or viewed online.
Diamond Lakers By-Laws
Recommended changes to the Diamond Lakers ByLaws have been adopted by the Board of Directors, effective February 16, 2022. See ByLaws.
Why Our Loons Keep Returning
See this Amazing Video About Loon Territoriality
Three Diamond Laker Couples got together at the Kraker home on Saturday, February 12. Those pictured are (bottom to top, left-right) Jeanie Kraker, Mary (Cindy) Palmer, Scott Johnson, Frosty Palmer, Beth Johnson, Tom Kraker.
Christmas Get together
Saturday, December 18th, nine north end Diamond Lakers got together for Christmas cheer at the home of Paul Brown. The party goers were from left: Mark and Trish Wilhelm, Ray and Rose Lahti, Pat Arndt, Ed and Monica Wallen, and Paul Brown and Susan Walker.
Simple Steps To Help Wisconsin Turtles
Submitted by, Raye Lahti 5-31-21
With turtle nesting season soon underway, state conservation biologists and highway officials are joining forces to encourage Wisconsinites to hatch a brighter future for slow-moving, slow-growing turtles by taking a few simple steps.
Most of Wisconsin's 11 turtle species breed in late May through June and often cross roads to lay their eggs in nests on higher ground. Turtles getting run over by cars is a leading cause of the decline in turtle numbers in Wisconsin. The predation of turtle nests by raccoons, skunks and coyotes is another major problem.
Because some species – such as wood turtles and Blanding’s turtles – take 12 to 20 years to reach reproductive maturity, the death of even one female turtle a year can take a big toll.
To protect turtle populations, the Wisconsin DNR and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are asking people to protect turtles on the move. Follow these protective actions from now through the end of June, when the nesting season ends:
Drive with caution near wetlands and rivers. Slow down, be alert and reduce distractions.
Report roadways where turtles are crossing or are dead on the road. Fill in the short online form on DNR’s Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program website. https://wiatri.net/inventory/witurtles/
Build a nest cage to protect turtle eggs and later, hatchlings, if turtles are nesting on your property. Find instructions and a step-by-step video for a nest cage that allows hatchlings to exit but keeps predators like raccoons and skunks out.