Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Purple Looestrife Alert

This last weekend our boys at the boat landing discovered some pretty flowers and said they looked like the Purple loosestrife.
So Monday I cut one off and took it to the DNR to be checked out. A short while later I got a call from Sandy Wickman of the DNR and she said that it was the Purple loosestrifeShe then told me what to do for now.
  • To carefully cut the blooms off and then cut the stems as close to the ground.
  • Then to put all into a trash bag and then into the garbage which will then go to the landfill.
  • This Morning I went to the landing and fault off Bumble Bees trying to pollinate.
    Then followed Sandy’s instructions and cut all that I could find.
    Sandy also told me that she would be putting our lake on the Beetle list for next spring.
    She said they have a beetle that loves to eat the Purple loosestrifeplant.
    This next weekend Paul and I will be slowly checking the lake shoreline for any more.
    If any of you see this pretty flower let me or Paul know. If any of you
    see this pretty flower let me or Paul know. If any of you want to cut one, just be careful of the blooms.
    As the petals fall off that is where the seeds are.

    "If the only tool you have is a hammer,
    you tend to see every problem as a nail."


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Timber Wolf Sighting

I got an email from my neighbor Leon Sammuelson this morning telling me about his wolf sighting......

"This morning, when walking my daughter’s dog, 2 big timber wolves crossed the road near Cook’s driveway. The 1st one was standing in the road staring back at me before he took off across the cutover area. Hopefully wasn’t looking at the dog as possible breakfast J!

The 1st one had a broad head, short round ears, was very dark gray/black, 2nd one I didn’t get a good look at was more gray, I’m certain they were wolves, not coyotes. "

That must have been pretty exciting and I certainly wish I would have seen them with my camera in hand, but I'll be on the lookout just in case. 


Congratulations to Our Own Paul Shreiber!

From: "Michele Sadauskas" <msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: August 12, 2014 at 4:13:13 PM CDT
To: <"Undisclosed-Recipient:;"@mail.co.oneida.wi.us>
Subject: re-cap of 2014 oneida county lakes volunteer awards ceremony
Good afternoon everyone!

I want to say "Thank You" to everyone that attended the 6th Annual Oneida County Lake Volunteers Award Ceremony!  Your support for Oneida County lake volunteers is priceless!  I regret not getting the chance to talk personally with everyone that night, but please know I truly appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put forth to protect our beautiful Oneida County lakes, rivers, and wetlands.  For those not able to attend the event, here are the 2014 award winners:

Outstanding Lake Stewardship Awards
Paul Schreiber, Lake Thompson
Norris Ross, Three Lakes Waterfront Association 

Outstanding Stewardship Award
Ron Paque, Crescent Lake

Outstanding Stewardship for Lakes Group Award
Three Lakes Waterfront Association

Special Stewardship & Technical Achievement Award
Reed Newlin, Big Stone-Deer-Laurel-Medicine Lakes

15-year Citizen Monitoring Award
Jim Allen, Dorothy Lake
Carol Miller, Bird Lake 

20-year Citizen Monitoring Award
Eugene Ohm, Virgin Lake 

Outstanding Volunteer Award
Stephanie Boismenue, Squash Lake 

Lifetime Stewardship Award
Gary & Nancy Blumreich, Pelican Lake

We will be posting photos of the event on our Facebook page tomorrow.  Go here to see them: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oneida-County-AIS/591216774222010?ref=hl

Look for an Oneida County AIS update tomorrow, but until then have a great evening everyone!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blue-Green Algae Outbreaks

From: "Michele Sadauskas" <msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: August 6, 2014 at 9:23:15 AM CDT
To: <"Undisclosed-Recipient:;"@mail.co.oneida.wi.us>
Subject: blue green algae outbreaks
Good morning everyone-

It is that time of year again when Oneida County lakes are experiencing blue-green algae blooms.  At this time we have confirmed reports of blue-green algae outbreaks on the following lakes:

Pelican Lake
Lake Nokomis
Sand Lake

This is not an all-inclusive list, there may be other lakes experiencing algae-blooms that I am not aware of.  I have attached a  wonderful document that explains what blue-green algae is, what it looks like, helpful tips, and links to even more information!  If you suspect a blue-green algae bloom on your lake, please contact Jim Kreitlow, James.Kreitlow@wisconsin.gov, or Gina LaLiberte, Gina.LaLiberte@wisconsin.gov

Stay safe everyone! 

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Michele Sadauskas
AIS Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Phone:  715-369-7836    
Fax:  715-369-7839

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Unfortunately the "wonderfull document" is 31 pages long and I was unable to attach it here, but if anyone would like it I, or any of the Board Members can forward it to you by email.