WHAT’S NEW ON THE FLOWAGE?
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Enjoying a sun-downer on the Big Rock

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Loons are Back and on their nests as of May 14th, on Baker, Spring, and the Flowage!!! Please be especially careful and slow down in the channel to Spring Lake. That’s where the loon’s nest is located, and it’s very low to the water line. Hard to see, easy to destroy. Please, no wake. (UPDATE: 2 chicks hatched in Spring Lake, one on Baker, still on the nest on the Flowage near the landing. NO WAKE PLEASE!)

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The 2024 Lake District Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
July 6, at 9 am at the Conover Recreation Building.

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The Lake Level Gauge is Calibrated – Here are the Numbers for 2024


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What You Need to Know Before Spraying for Mosquitoes
Excerpts from the National Wildlife Federation Blog


There’s one guest nobody wants visiting while enjoying time outside: mosquitoes…so it’s understandable that you may be considering hiring a mosquito-control company to treat your yard by spraying it with insecticide. Unfortunately, the most widely used residential mosquito sprays are also highly toxic to native insects, fish and other aquatic organisms, and pose a risk to pets and people. Here’s what you need to know before spraying.

What’s in Mosquito Sprays?
Most residential mosquito control companies use insecticides known as pyrethrins, derived from chrysanthemum flowers (that’s why some companies advertise “natural”); or pyrethroids, which are synthetic chemicals that mimic pyrethrins. Both are broad-spectrum insecticides that are highly toxic to a wide variety of insects, not just mosquitoes.


Companies such as Mosquito Joe, Mosquito Squad, Mosquito Authority etc. use pyrethrins and pyrethroids. While these pesticides are regulated and approved for use by the EPA, spraying these broad-spectrum insecticides in your yard also kills other insects, including bees, butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs, dragonflies and other beneficial insects, along with the mosquitoes.

Other Impacts of Mosquito Sprays
Mosquito sprays aren’t just toxic to insects, either. Runoff can wash these chemicals from our yards into our lakes, where they can poison aquatic organisms such as fish and crustaceans, which are highly sensitive to pyrethroids. Pets exposed to pyrethroids can experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and other symptoms. Children can get sick from inhaling or ingesting these sprays.

 Alternatives to Spraying
Luckily, it’s possible to keep mosquitoes at bay and reduce your chances of being bitten even without pesticide sprays. Overall, the most effective and safest way to control mosquitoes in your yard is to remove stagnant or standing water, which larvae need to develop, in gutters, corrugated PVC drainage pipes, kids’ playsets or any debris left outside.

You can protect yourself from bites by wearing long sleeves when mosquitoes are present or using repellents containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, a botanical spray that has been shown to be as effective as synthetic repellents. Even a simple electric fan can help significantly by blowing away your scent and making it harder for mosquitoes to find you.

Mosquitoes are annoying, but we don’t need to sacrifice native wildlife and put our own health at risk to keep them away.
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Our Shoreline Connection – Keeping Your Shoreline Natural

Here’s a link to a great YouTube video explaining the importance of keeping our shorelines natural for the health of our lakes.         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlRb1uTAOMw

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