FISHING QUALITY & WILDLIFE
CHAIR | TERRY MOTLEY
To monitor the lake fishery and do those things that are in the best interest of keeping Long, Mickey and Ruth lakes quality fishing lakes. The Board of Directors must approve all plans or projects.
LOON MANAGEMENT UPDATE 2019
The loon population on Long Lake was very strong this year. There were several reports of 5-10 birds feeding together and as many as 20+ loons on the lake daily during the summer. There are six active loon nesting sites on the Long, Ruth and Mickey lake system, which is the most of any lake in the Lower Peninsula and 2nd most in the entire state. In 2019, all 6 loon nesting sites were active, resulting in 12 eggs being laid and 7 chicks hatching. The cool spring temperatures and weather were ideal for loon nesting this year. Please remember to stay outside of the buoy markers or at least 200 ft from the nesting sites.
Thank you to all of the nesting site managers and loon watchers, you should all be very proud of your efforts and what you have done to help support the loon population on our lakes. It is your time, effort and passion for the loons that is making a difference on the Long, Mickey and Ruth lake system.
Let me know if you have any suggestions, or if there are other individuals that should be included in the network or that are involved in managing/watching the nesting sites.
As a team, we can support each other, share information/resources, increase awareness and help sustain and grow the loon population on our lakes.
Thank you for your help,
LOON NESTING AREAS
Gingerwood Dr. Nesting Site
Birchwood Cove ANI
Brush Island Nesting Site
Rondi Fry – Watcher
Ruth Lake ANI
Theresa Boudjali – Loon Ranger – Ruth Lake
Mickey Lake ANI
Terry Motley – Loon Ranger – Long Lake