As we wind down our part of the newsletter for this year, we’ll focus on Turtle Cove and the other shallow areas of the lake still exposed due to the second attempt at lowering the lake level in order to repair the dam. The major nurseries for the plants and animals of Pleasant Lake are in these shallow areas. Plants are the base for the lake’s food supply and most are in the shallows. Many, and the animals that depend on them, made it through the last lake lowering and recovered this summer. Subjectively, we feel there was some overall impact from last year’s lowering and hope for the best this year.
The latest news we have on the dam repair is that it will get done this time. Hopefully in the next week or two there will not be much rain and the work can be finished.
Meanwhile, here are some reminders, focused in Turtle Cove, of the wide variety of animals that use the coves and shallows for food and nesting areas – including the loons.
Our fingers are crossed that the lake will refill rapidly before it freezes and that next spring will find the loon platform floating peacefully. Next time we will review our summer with the loons and share our favorite pictures.