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Douglas Lake Improvement Association
PO Box 472, Pellston, MI 49769             May 5, 2021

2021 Douglas Lake Volunteer Boat Assist Team
            The Douglas Lake Volunteer Boat Assist Team consists of residents of DL who have volunteered to assist boaters who are stranded on the lake due to a malfunctioning boat or motor. The volunteers are not professional boat mechanics, but are willing to lend a hand and get you to shore.
            Team members live in several areas around the lake. If you need assistance, please call a volunteer living near the area where you are stranded. Describe the type of problem you are experiencing, your location, type and color of your boat, and how many people are on board.
            The Team is available from 5/31/2021(Memorial Day) to 9/6/2021(Labor Day).
            We highly recommend that you snap a photo of this list to keep on your cell phone while you are on the Lake or keep a copy in a waterproof location on your boat.  And, of course, remember to take your phone with you – a secure waterproof bag is a good idea!
If you are having a medical emergency or other life-threatening emergency, call 911.

2021 Douglas Lake Boat Assist Team Members
Name Location Phone Number  
Ed Grant North 989-506-8651  
Dave Thompson North 810-334-9381  
Tim Davis West 231-342-5407  
Steve Sweany West 231-626-1043  
Mike Mattin West 419-779-6778  
Frank Spezia Northwest 231-537-2405  
Paul Nows Northwest 231-537-4419  
Rich Gedert Northwest 231-537-3269  
Ron Kelemen Southwest 231-373-2614  
Bill Hartwig Southwest 517-282-0307  
Ray Greubel South 231-539-8681  
Loon Nesting Season Has Arrived
          The loons have returned and their calls and communications have been heard by many around the Lake.  Four nesting platforms all fitted with cameras have been placed in Maple Bay, Marl Bay, Manitou Bay and North Fishtail Bay. Many thanks to Rich Gedert (and his colleague Mike Ehrick who helps with camera selection and modifies the cameras for use on the platforms) and the Loon Committee for preparing the nesting platforms and getting them in place at the end of April. Photos are regularly posted on the DLIA Loon-nesting program web site – use the link below to follow each nesting site.
          Keeping with tradition, the Maple Bay couple seem to have arrived first and got right to business. By May 3rd, there were two eggs at Maple Bay site. There is some loon activity on other platforms, but no eggs as yet.
          Loons are private and quiet-loving waterfowl. Please avoid approaching the nesting platforms and the loons as they move about the lake, especially when the proud new parents are introducing their new chicks to the Lake.  Enjoy their conversations and take pictures – from a distance.       
Turtles, Frogs, Salamanders and Toads!
          Did you miss frogs and turtles in the winter? Open your windows now and you’ll know the frogs have left their winter habitat and are announcing their mating interests. Michigan has 12 frog species, two kinds of toads, 12 salamander species, and 10 kinds of turtles.  All of these species can be found in northern Michigan None of them enjoy winter very much.
          American bullfrogs, leopard frogs, and a few others go dormant underwater. The rest burrow beneath the frost line or find shelter from the snow beneath logs or other debris. Most of the salamanders burrow underground in the winter, but a few, like the intrepid mudpuppy, stay active underwater. Our turtles can handle winter months at low oxygen levels buried under sediment in the bottom of lakes and streams, though box turtles hibernate on land. Now is the time to put on your boots and see what you can find in the woods and near the shoreline, possibility even crossing the road. Watch out for those turtles on the road!
          Snap a picture of what you find and send it to
          DNR invites the public to report turtle observations through the link below.  Your observations provide valuable data on distribution, relative abundance, and trends for Michigan’s amphibian species. Use the link below for turtle reports.
[Ed. Note: thanks to Water Council Spring Newsletter2021 for species information and for sharing photos from their files.]
Foraging on State Lands
          The annual stealth search for morels is beginning. Serious mushroom lovers sneak off to their favorite proven locations. Later this summer, hiking the North Country Trail in the summer offers an opportunity to harvest sun-warmed and perfectly ripe blackberries found along the trail. 
          On state-managed lands, the “fruits” of plants may be harvested, including nuts, berries, tree fruits and mushrooms. However, to protect plant species that often take years to grow and reproduce, you may not harvest whole plants. Food gathered on state lands are for personal use only. Properly identify anything you take from the wild and eat at your own risk!
          Get in touch with seasonal foraging and bring the flavors of “up north” home with the help of a new foraging section on DNR’s website. Check out the foraging page link below for more information and resources.
How to Manage Nuisance Wildlife
          A great attraction to spending time “up north” is sharing the land and water with all manners of wildlife, from voles to bears and hummingbirds to Canada geese, in all sizes and shapes. Some of these can become less-than charming and turn into nuisances, pests, and nasties, then it’s time to find reliable resources for managing these irritating and potentially dangerous creatures.
          The Department of Natural Resources has assembled a number of helpful resources on subjects from bears or beavers to Canada geese or turkeys.
          Not surprisingly, any wildlife will be more threatening during mating season and when a mother is with her youngsters. DNR notes that legal hunting seasons offers another way to manage nuisance wildlife.  Placing food trash in a secured trash can is a best practice to prevent attracting bears, raccoons, opossums, etc. (and it avoids a truly unpleasant clean-up after the critters finish their garbage bag buffet.)  Gentle hazing can keep turkeys from becoming overly territorial. DNR can remove beaver dams where they are causing flooding or preventing recreational access.
          Check out the DNR links below for more information:
Turkey tips: Turkey SMART Brochure (
Nuisance Wildlife
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