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BabySnapper

Turtle Rescue

I often wonder how turtles evolved the practice of laying eggs far inland from the lakes they inhabit, so that their newly hatched young have to struggle their way back to the water, most of them dying of the way from predators or desiccation. Last week I helped one baby snapper improve its survival odds,…

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The boys grow older

“One gray night it happened; Jackie Paper came no more…” The lesson of the Peter Paul and Mary song “Puff the Magic Dragon” is that little boys grow up, and in some ways it’s sad. I am watching it happen to grandsons Tucker and Perrin, and as I look forward to their visit early next…

No loon music?

In one of his essays the naturalist Aldo Leopold wrote, “And when the dawn wind stirs through the ancient cottonwoods, and the gray light steals down from the hills over the old river sliding softly past its wide brown sand bars – what if there be no more goose music?” Given recent findings in the…

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The great re-freezing

The ice on Birch Lake went out on March 14. Eight days later we woke to a new skin of ice over nearly the entire surface. As I write on March 28, the ice remains and is covered with almost a foot of snow. This is the first year in which we will have to note…

MuskyReel

A gift from Grampa

Grandson Tucker wants a musky fishing rod, and what better opportunity than his 12th birthday, coming up in May? A couple of times Tucker has had muskies on the line on Birch Lake – they’ve taken walleyes in mid-retrieve. I didn’t try to net the fish and bring them on board because I wasn’t equipped…

Impermanence

Celebrating Lake Superior

Celebrating Superior This lake country we live in includes two great lakes, each within a reasonable driving distance. I’m a Lake Michigan boy, but I find something even more captivating about Lake Superior. Seen from a place on their shorelines, Superior and Michigan look much the same: restful blue, impossible to see across, waves whitecapping their…

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The colors of bluegills

I’ve enjoyed good fishing for bluegills this winter, and as I’ve pulled them up through the Birch Lake ice I’ve been struck by their simple beauty. I’ve said before that tropical fish only  barely outshine some of our native species, notably crappies for their large and delicate-looking tail and fins, pumpkinseeds for their array of bright…

BirchDummy

Weird winter

The funny fellow in the picture is seated out on Birch Lake, easily visible from the Birch Lake Bar windows. He’s the focal point of the annual “through the ice” contest, and in most years it would be months too earlier for him to be out there. This year is quite different. I can’t claim…

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Crystalline glory

I’m remembering an earlt December a few years ago when quirks in the weather worked a miracle on Birch Lake. In the early ice season there’s often a push and pull, cold days firming and thickening the ice, warm days halting or setting back progress. During a warm spell in that December, a spring to the…

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