Lake level is dropping, leaving canoers, kayakers and paddle boarders a walk to the water. Well worth the effort on these misty fall mornings!
Pearl and at least one of her parents are still on the lake. Getting out for photos is harder now but we hope to have some by the next Newsletter. This is the time of year the male may be ready to leave for the ocean. The female will leave later and the Pearl should be out by the time the lake starts to freeze. Given how much time Pearl has spent alone and diving on her own, we expect all to go as planned.
Lake Lowering To Repair Dam
We requested a status update on the dam from the town of New London and the contractor who will be performing the repairs. Since 9/19 the lake has dropped a little over 2 ½ feet so far. The water level needs to drop almost 2 more feet to start repairs. As the level of the lake gets lower, the rate of flow lessens to some degree, so if we continue to have little rain the dam should be able to be worked on in two weeks or so. This is all weather dependent of course. Once started, the work should take a little more than a week to complete. We hope this is all accomplished and the lake is back to winter level before the lake’s shallows freeze.
What Happens to the Cove Dwellers over the Winter?
Even when the lake level is not being dropped, aquatic organisms must still survive the winter under the ice. In the next few issues, we will focus on some of these species and how they deal with winter in Pleasant Lake and other parts of the watershed. Let’s start with turtles, aquatic frogs and salamanders. Later we will deal with toads and frogs that overwinter away from water.
We have moved away from the lake with the terrestrial salamanders, but all of the watershed is essential for understanding what is going on in Pleasant Lake and well worth exploring. Next time we’ll explore how some other amphibians around the lake (peepers, wood frogs, gray tree frogs and toads) who will greet us in the spring with their music are dealing with the coming winter.
To Be Continued … Jon and Jen
All Photos by Jen Esten and Jon Waage