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Preserve & Protect Lake Mildred for Future Generations - Prevent Invasive Specioes
Keep Lake Mildred Crystal Clear -- Lake Clarity 5/13/13 = 28 feet

Hungry hungry Bears Are out of Hibernation
And just like most Springs, they are looking for food whereever they can find it.....such as our (and yours?) bird feeders, which they destroyed
August 4 - Drone's Eye View of Lake Mildred - Robert Mullins sent us this photo of Lake Mildred taken over the July 4 weekend while he was staying at his family's vacation home on Lake Mildred.  Robert also sent a link to a video taken from the drone.  It's very cool, and you can see the video by CLICKING HERE.
The Loons are Back!
Richard Nelson sent us this picture on 5/5/18, noting that they'd hard the loons for several days but just saw them in the narrows by Donut Island.
"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
  AUGUST 14 - A LOON MOM TEACHES HER CHICK TO FLY - Becky Schultz sends us this great photo of two of our 'Loon Family', with the mom (or dad?) seemingly teaching the chick how to fly.  And notice how the chick has grown, even starting to get adult loon colors.
August 30 - A family of pileated woodpeckers has been hanging around Lake Mildred all summer.  Mostly these huge woodpeckers simply search the trees for bugs and grubs.  Occasionally they do decide to bore those huge holes in a pine tree to get the sap running, but they seem to always pick a split top or otherwise doomed tree, and leave the healthy trees alone.  This chick in this family has grown to the point where it is difficult to differentiate the chick from the adults.  (Sandy Ebben photo)
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JULY 4 - RECORD HIGH WATER & DROWNING TREES - if you've been on the lake lately, you've seen some dying pine trees at the water's edge, such as the one on the left, above, which is at the South end of Bearpaw Island.  But look closely and you'll see that there are many other much older pines dying also.  Then look even more closely along the shoreline at the very large 100+ year-old white pines whose branches are starting to yellow (altho some are still green but are becoming very light green) and you realize that some of our most majestic trees at the water's edge are starting to die.  Above you will see 2 different photos taken on Lake Mildred on July 4; the largest is a large white pine on the northern end of Pine Island; there are many others that are even larger and over 100 years old.  This would suggest that the current lake level is the highest the lake level has been in over 100 years.  Or far far longer.
KEEP LAKE MILDRED CRYSTAL CLEAR
To prevent invasive species, Please clean your boat, trailer, and bilge before moving it between lakes.
"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,

JUNE 24 - CUTE BEARS!  Richard Nelson sent us this picture of 2 bear cubs in a tree along Pine Grove Rd near Hook Lake a couple days ago.  Mom was in the underbrush nearby, no doubt keeping a close eye on her youngsters.  REMEMBER - CLICK PICTURES TO SEE THEM FULL SIZE.
 AUGUST 20 - LAKE MILDRED MONITORING TESTS - Yesterday our Lake Mildred "Citizens Lake Monitoring Network" volunteers Sandy & Dave Ebben performed their monthly tests on Lake Mildred at the location of maximum lake depth.  Water clarity was excellent with a Secchi disc able to be seen with the naked eye at 24 feet (gotta love clear water!) - which is very good for August.   Gamblers would like the water surface temperature of 77.7 degrees; at 9 feet the temperature was still a comfy 76.8, and at 15 feet it was 72.5.  BUT then you hit the thermocline where the water temp starts to plummet.  At 25 feet the temperature dropped to a chilly 49.8.  And at the bottom of the lake in 45 feet of water is a cool 42.4.  In photo at left, Dave Ebben holds the Secchi disk.

Sept 15 - BUCKY & BUDDIES ENJLY STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING -  Ellie & Bing Taege's canine friends looke really relaxed on the water. (Ellie Taege photo)
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