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JANUARY 1 - IN MEMORIAM - It is with a heavy heart that we reported of the passing of our dear friend and Lake Mildred neighbor, Russ Johnson. Russ will be sorely missed by all who knew him. You may find Russ' obituary HERE.
Jan. 30 - A Black-Capped Chicadee surveys the wintry landscape, wondering why the gray squirrels must eat so many of 'his' sunflower seeds.
"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." - Walden, Henry David Thoreau
"If you were grading on a curve...compared to other lakes in Wisconsin...Lake Mildred is at the top of the gifted and talented list"
-- Tim Hayman, lake scientist, Onterra Inc,
Drew, Hannah & Bailey Merkel cool off on the tube
MARCH 19 - ICE-OUT & ICE-UP DATES EVIDENCE CLIMATE CHANGE? We've been tracking the date of the 'lake ice-out' (& ice-up) since 1977. From 1977-2000 the ice NEVER went out until at least April (typically mid-to-late April). BUT Since 2000 the ice has gone out in March 5 times! And, could this year be the 6th? We may have our own 'evidence' of Climate change.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ICE-UP DATES? Well, the dates on which ice-UPs have occurred ALSO seem to imply climate change, occurring later in the recent decades. Ice-ups used to occur mainly in November, but now they are often in December.
As always, we keep the data here at "Ice-Up & Ice-Out Dates"
The Packer Pontoon debuts!
The Bears around here can get big
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Lake Mildred Water Level Rising Over 5 Years
The lake level has risen over the winter. But Ice-out seems elusive.
(Sandy Ebben photo, March 27)
These 3 pics show the same spot on Lake Mildred as it rises over the past 5 years. Far left=April 2011. Middle=April 2015 Far Right=April 2, 2016
These can also be seen at the "Time Lapse Photos
" page (Sandy Ebben photos)
KEEP LAKE MILDRED CRYSTAL CLEAR
To prevent invasive species, Please clean your boat, trailer, and bilge before moving it between lakes.
Lake Mildred 'center bowl', April 14, the day before total ice-out, the westerly bowls were mostly clear of ice.
BOATING SAFETY & WATER - Things don't always work out the way you think they will. For example, your boat wake can get bigger (not smaller) when you slow down, until you reach a very slow "No Wake" speed.
Remember the immortal words of Mark Twain: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
MAY 8 - A GREETING TO EVERYONE FROM JENNIFER & JACKSON LABS - Hello. We are Jasmine and Jackson Labs. We will be serving as Lake Mildred's Clean Boat Clean Water (CBCW) boat inspectors. Our job is to help keep Lake Mildred as clean as possible and to prevent invasive plants and critters from calling Lake Mildred their home. We do this by spending time at the boat landing from May to October. During this time, we perform boat and trailer checks, give out informational brochures, and educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Come on down and say hello - we would love
to meet you.
Lake Mildred mirror image. Sandy Ebben photo, May 2016
BIG BIRD! Richard & Susan Nelson tell us: "This Barred Owl has been a frequent visitor this spring, but tougher to see now that the leaves are more fully out." (photo by Richard & Susan Nelson)
Mark Naiot of Wild Instincts shows off an injured Red Tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl during his presentation at the May 28 Lake Association meeting.
THE NOTICE FROM THIS YEAR'S FLOTILLA
(and yes, we did set a new record-long of 28 boats!)
>>>>>> Come One, Come All <<<<<<
Annual Lake Mildred Flotilla ~ July 3 2016, 3 PM
Start at the Lake Mildred State Boat Landing
Or Join the 'Parade of Boats' at any point.
Decorate your Boats to Celebrate the 4th of July
EVERYONE WELCOME! LET'S BEAT LAST YEAR'S RECORD-LONG 25 BOATS!
MAMA LOON IS ON THE NEST - Sandy Ebben got this great shot of a Lake Mildred loon sitting on her nest on June 4, with a long optical zoom lens so that she wouldn't need to get too close. (photo by Sandy Ebben)
The Fox and The Turtle Eggs - Watch out for the turtles! Turtles have been doing their annual job of laying eggs. And the foxes have been doing their annual job of digging up turtle eggs and eating them. This particular site (the 'freshest' digging I've ever seen) was found last week on a bike trail a couple miles from Lake Mildred. (photo by Dave Ebben)
2016 Lake Mildred 4th of July Flotilla Sets New Record Length of 28 Boats. The Flotilla was a smashing success with great weather.
Photos by "Madam Secretary" Sandy Ebben
Photo by Richard & Susan Nelson
Mike & Mary Stokstad even joined the flotilla in their kayaks - now that's dedication!
Inner Tubing! The warm water temperature on Lake Mildred these days makes time on the water SO enjoyable. Here, Emily and Lauren Ebben try their hand at Inner Tubing for the first time. One look at those smiles tells you that they are having LOTS of FUN! (photo by Nick Ebben)
JULY 17 - STARTING TO SEE A LOT OF THESE SIGNS AROUND THE LAKE - Everyone who joins LMPOA receives one of these blue signs and the bolts to mount it on their fire number pole.
PEAK BLACKBERRY PICKING NEARS! For a week or two we've been able to get a few blackberries here-and-there, but suddenly the peak time is here! This branch photographed Monday 8-15-16 shows berries that mostly will be ready in a day or two, but a few other bushes were nearly all ripe berries today. Just be ready to wrestle the bears for the prime spots! (photo by Dave Ebben)
LABOR DAY SUNRISE 2016 This is how Labor Day SHOULD start - beautifully! (photo by John Merkel)
FALL COLOR ON CLEAR LAKE - OCT 8 2016 The beautiful fall colors with a panoramic shot of Clear Lake, and a small wedge of Canada Geese flew by just in time to get their picture taken. (photo by Dave Ebben)
ICE-UP IS NIGH! Jan Jacobs sent us this photo taken on December 9 at 8 am. The bitterly cold north wind had just died down after blowing across the lake for days, super-cooling the water while the waves kept the lake from freezing. When the 7 degree wind died and the waves stopped, the lake started to freeze over immediately.
(photo by Jan Jacobs)
Fabulous Warm November Day
(photo by Sandy Ebben)
ICED-UP & SNOW-COVERED - Lake Mildred and Clear Lake, like the other lakes in the Wisconsin Northwoods, are now ice and snow covered. But because heavy snow fell on the ice while it was still very thin, it is still recommended to use extreme caution regarding the ice conditions. It may look safe, but looks can be deceiving..... so be careful. (photo by Dave Ebben)
Copyright 2016 David Ebben