Monday, February 05, 2007

D River Park and Open Space



Lincoln City Urban Renewal has requested comments on the proposed plans for the property north of the D River (formerly the Hedrick property). Half of the land is designated urban renewal and half open space. The Urban Renewal agency (same as the City Council) approved an initial cleanup of the site using labor from the county jail.
Migratory birds using the area are documented. The site is on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. A kayak/canoe rental facility for the site has been suggested. (In Waldport, high schoolers earn money to operate a kayak touring facility on the Alsea River as part of an ecotourism program.) A trail will be constructed to connect with the West Devils Lake State Park boardwalk trail to the east and the ocean to the west under Hwy 101. Homeless people have used the Hwy 101 bridge for cover. Vegetation was removed in part to aid law enforcment and help prevent misuse of the site. Fishermen use the site. Picnic tables are in the plans. The City is seeking suggestions for a name for the site. Comments and ideas are welcome.

Boathouse and Dock Guidelines

A survey by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) will be sent out to PADL members and lakefront property owners in February (2007) about proposed guidelines for boathouses and docks. The survey was at the request of Lincoln County after property owners around the lake expressed concerns. It is very important that this survey be returned. For more information you can watch the public access Channel 4 for a PowerPoint presentation by DLWID about the proposed guidelines or call DLWID at 994-5330.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Quagga Mussels - Zebra Mussels Cousin

Not here yet, but be aware
1/07 - Quagga mussels are from the same genus as the more commonly known zebra mussel, but are slightly bigger. Douglas Karafa, an administrator with the Clean Water Coalition, called the quagga "zebra's nasty cousin." " They're just bigger," he said, "and they're worse."
Found in Lake Havasu and Lake Mead's Boulder Basin and a state fish hatchery.
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20070125/OUTDOORS/101250118

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Snow at the lake

Winter wonderland at Devils Lake - January 11, 2007
10am - Earlier this morning had about 4 inches of snow on the ground. The trees were covered with snow like little cotton balls. The sky was a cobalt blue with a mixture of gray and white clouds. The reflection on the lake and snow was so beautiful - colors not often seen. The snow flakes were fairly large. It is 10am and the sun is out - stopped snowing. Can see the ocean in the distance. Birds are near the holly bush eating berries. Hope the little deer found sleeping under the porch the other day is surviving the weather. Walked out to put the mail in the box with boots on and did not slip, but imagine if it freezes will be slippery. Oregon Coast Community College is closed today. Hope the electricity stays on.
1pm - Snow continues to melt with the sun out.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Birds in the Devils Lake watershed

Scaup and grebe on Devils Lake - Friday, December 29, 2006
PADL found this on Oregon Birders Online - Obol~
I briefly birded Devil's Lake from E. Devil's Lk Rd in Lincoln City for
wintering waterfowl. Normally there is not too much on the lake, but I
noticed several large 100+ rafts of LESSER SCAUP. Might be worth checking
for a Tufted Duck (I didn't have my scope).
Something odd that I noticed were all the grebes on the lake (WESTERN,
CLARK'S, HORNED, EARED & PIED-BILLED). I've only seen the occasional PB
Grebe and imagene that other species show up in migration, but there were 5
to 20 individuals of every species (except 1 Clark's Grebe) on the lake.
Good birding, Russ Namitz, Coos Bay, OR

Wood Ducks - Al Rice
PADL member Al Rice gave his wood duck and bald eagle report at the annual meeting in June, 2006.
Wood Ducks: There are around 30 wood duck nest boxes around the lake. The babies jump out of the boxes the day after they hatch out of the egg. This year had 66 ducklings so far with another 30 to 35 coming. Latest hatching date is usually August 20. Of 30 boxes, roughly half are occupied by wood ducks. Of the 15 occupied, a third are abandoned (40 eggs) or vandalized (25 eggs). Boxes were vandalized on private property and Spring Lake Open Space. About 50 to 60 wood ducks come back each year. Video cameras record inside the box. He has pictures of two hens and 15 ducklings in the same box.

Bald Eagles: The pair abandoned the nest they have been using for the last 5 to 6 years. They relocated about 150 yards west of the old nest. The nest failed, so no baby eagles this year. They first found the nest in 1985. They have counted 21 baby eaglets since 1985.

Starlings: To deter starlings from using the wood duck nest box, he put up a separate nest box right next to the wood duck nest box for the starlings. The starlings are territorial and keep other starlings away.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Safety

The Oregon Marine Board has a safety page with links to a library of brochures to download
http://www.boatoregon.com/Safety/index.html

Please post any ideas you may have on keeping people safe around the lake.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Rock Creek Dam

Rock Creek Dam will be modified to allow easier passage of migratory coho salmon
Volunteers needed - Tuesday, September 5
Calling all sand baggers…no not those that play golf and try and skim off a few shots using their handicap, but real sand moving machines. The Devils Lake Water Improvement District and the Salmon Drift Creek Watersheds Council are looking for help in filling sand bags at the Lincoln City owned Rock Creek Dam. The sand bags will be used to divert the water in preparation for the dam modification this fall. The sand bag work will be done Tuesday September 5th. If interested in helping in this worthwhile endeavor call Paul Robertson at 994-5330 or Paul Katen at 994-9682 to schedule.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Grass Carp Count 2006 for DLWID

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is conducting the first of its kind Carp Count in an attempt to estimate the number of carp left in the lake. CARP Count 2006 starts September 2nd at 10:00 a.m. sharp! Residents are asked to record the number of carp seen at their locale in a lake wide instantaneous sampling. The data collected can be returned to DLWID via email, phone, fax or even through this blog. CARP Count 2006 continues each Saturday in September again at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Postcards with more information and a table for recording the sightings will be mailed to area residents and members of PADL. For more information call Paul Robertson at 541-994-5330. For email reporting send your CARP Count 2006 data to paul@DLWID.org. Thanks and Happy Carp Counting, the scientific benefits will be astounding.

New Zealand Mudsnail invasive species

Devils Lake has New Zealand Mudsnails. PADL is a partner of the Protect Your Waters program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See www.protectyourwaters.net. The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is part of the program. The blog for fly fishing in Yellowstone Park has information about the New Zealand Mudsnail and Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! See http://flyfishyellowstone.blogspot.com/