December 2022 Monthly Update

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Happy holidays and happy new year!

Thank you for your support of the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association!

Puckagee Springs

Our Puckagee Spring shoreline-wildlife protection project has achieved its next objective with the distribution of the project scope to interested contractors. This critical step identified the costs associated with the work and how we can best fit into the budgetary constraints.  BDLIA, with support from EOR, compared the proposals and identified the best package for Beaver Dam Lake. After a bit of negotiations, we were able to select Drax Shoreline Services to perform this work.

The planned scope of work has now been forwarded to the DNR to establish the practices which will be used for this project. The north portion of this shoreline has fared rather well over the years so that eroded segments will be repaired with similar stone rip-rap. The south segment has a soft lake bed, which would be a problem for stone, so that length of shoreline will have fiber logs implanted. This biological practice will allow the shoreline to recover with vegetation as the base material. The combination of these approaches will secure the north segment while allowing for natural recovery along the south segment. Once the earth work is complete, we will seed the disturbed area with a mix of natural pollinator seeds and some upland brush.

This essential work will restore this DNR property to meet its intended purpose as a wetland buffer and near shore habitat. Ninety percent of the wildlife within our watershed either live or transition within the upland leading to the waters edge. With the resulting improvement to the habitat, the wildlife will then benefit from this recovery.

 
 

2023 Fundraising Banquet

Save the evening of Monday, April 17, for the 27th annual fundraising banquet at the Bayside Supper Club in Beaver Dam.

We hope to see you there!

The Early December Garden

by Carolyn Aita

The early December garden is quiet even before the first significant snowfall hushes blowing leaves for good.  Perhaps this stillness is a state of mind, brought about by our weariness with the weather flip-flop of earlier autumn. Perhaps it comes from knowing there’s nothing more to do in the garden right now.  The garden is asleep for the season. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the luxurious quiet.

Just relax, really?  That’s difficult for the engaged gardener.  So to assuage the longing to fidget we begin plans for the next growing season.  At this time of year, right after the growing season’s end, we get the first chance to see the garden’s architecture as a whole, not piecemeal with vistas obscured by the greenness of thriving plantings.  We note what we love on this massive scale and what we wish to change.  On a smaller scale, we are able to clearly discern the bare branch structure of individual deciduous trees and shrubs and plan adjustments.  But tempting as it might be to prune those ornamentals and fruit-bearers right now on milder days, wait a bit until the weather stays cold.  A long stretch of frigid temperature as winter progresses will kill the vector insects that carry disease organisms before they find an open pruning wound and infect a healthy tree.

The small birds of winter are flocking together for companionship and protection.  Dark-eyed juncos (A) and other ground-feeders (B) hide from predators within the forest of dried native plant stems and feast on fallen seed.  Juncos are my personal snow indicator birds.  Year after year I’ve observed that their arrival from Canada in mid-autumn is a prelude to the first snow, albeit light, within ten days hence. These snow birds did not disappoint this year; although at the time of this writing we are still waiting for the big one.  Chickadees are especially brazen.  Look who has picked all of the black oil sunflower seeds from the bird seed mix in my extended hand (C).  An American goldfinch in winter plumage sits on a nearby bare branch watching and waiting for a turn at the seed feeder (D).  We are delighted to watch this avian activity which pokes at (but does not break through the quiet) of early December.

Right now as the days get shorter and shorter and night falls in late afternoon we might be tempted to be dispirited.  Look ahead!  Winter solstice is coming soon and the days will begin to lengthen. This month of December that starts in a hush will end in joyous celebration as we ring in the New Year.

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Photos by Mike Aita

 

BDLIA Mission Statement

We strive to engage the community in recreational activities; generate long-term

restoration projects working with like-minded, but diverse partners; and educate

the community on improving the quality of Beaver Dam Lake.

BDLIA Vision Statement

We envision a clean, restored, resilient Beaver Dam Lake with

gorgeous sunsets, recreational activities, and abundant wildlife for future generations.

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