Right now there are quite a few people hunting DL and seem to be spread out over most of it. Could you guys take some time in your wonderings and hunting to check the outer edges where ever you can and see if there are significant leaks that is keeping the water level down that can be repared. This may be a opportunity to raise the level of the lakes, and thereby flood a larger area and increase nesting opportunities for next year. If we can find a place where the enclosure of the lake is washed away, perhaps we can get in there and patch it up with some sort of work party. I see that the east shore tapers gradually into the lake with a lot of exposed mud flats that at some time was flooded but is not flooded at this time at all. That is all prime nesting area if flooded and could help increase our yearly production of birds.
If this sounds familuar, I'm the one who promoted building nesting box's last winter. I was slow after Christmas and tied up and didn't get going until April, which was too late and nothing was done. In talking to the Refuge manager, he is suggesting we check on the old nest box project that was done a number of years ago, and considered unsuccessful. I think trying to enlarge the lake would add more nesting and more birds. What do you guys think?? Bud