Lake & Wildlife Partners Meeting Today @ 9:30 a.m. (get there around 9:00 if you want coffee and doughnuts)

February 22, 2018 - some wildlife in the lake at Bent Tree

February 22, 2018 – Lake and wildlife in Bent Tree

The meeting will be held downstairs at Club Tamarack, in the Rec Room, and is open to the Bent Tree community. The L&W Executive Committee members will present the 2018 plans that they are recommending to the partners.  Quoting from the email that went out to the partners, “We hope this will be an interactive meeting and help in getting us focused on what Lake & Wildlife is all about.” 

A sensible step was taken last year, when a wildlife subcommittee was added to the L&W organizational structure.   Click here to link to a related previous post.




Evening at the Dam

Last weekend was beautiful. The forecast for this weekend looks great, too.

February 24, 2018 - setting sun from the dam

February 24, 2018 – setting sun from the dam

February 24, 2018 - Evening view of Lake Tamarack from the dam

February 24, 2018 – Evening view of Lake Tamarack from the dam (click image to enlarge)

The Fish Count Process

According to the discussion at Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Lake & Wildlife Committee will pay the expenses related to this project, and fish counts have been performed in Bent Tree’s lake before.  A Lake & Wildlife member was kind enough to send me information on the procedure that will be used to estimate the fish population in Lake Tamarack.

UGA will conduct a one-day count, and they will check fish for size, health, sex, etc., then release the fish back into the lake. The purpose is to see if the lake is in balance, and if any steps are recommended for the future.  They will “shock” an area of the lake (note – this does not harm the fish) to temporarily stun the fish, which makes them float to the surface where they are easily scooped up, analyzed, then released unharmed.  The sample data will be extrapolated to provide data on fish estimates for the lake.

Click here to link to an online article that explains electrofishing.  It was one of many that I found.  I chose this particular article because I liked the title.

Counting Fish

UPDATE – I received some information about how the Fish Count in Lake Tamarack will be done.  It is nothing like the Petersen Method I described below.  I’ll pass along the information in Thurday’s post.

Today’s Board meeting agenda includes “Performance of UGA Fish Count” under New Business.  Curiosity got the best of me and I looked up how one goes about counting fish.  I have no idea what method UGA uses, but it appears that a popular “mark and recapture” method for fish population estimation, in a lake environment, is the Petersen Method (developed in 1896).  It is simple and straightforward, but requires certain assumptions including:  the fish population is closed. all fish are equally likely to be captured in each sample, the capture and marking process do not make it either easier or harder to catch during the second sample, the marks do not wear off before the second sample, and each sample is random.

Petersen Method

Petersen Method


Board Meeting Tomorrow Morning (9:00 February 27, Club Tamarack Rec Room)

Property owners may attend and observe Board meetings, but are generally not allowed to participate in the discussions (note – Work Sessions are different and do allow audience participation).  However, property owners can always arrive in time to sign up to speak at the Open Forum session which immediately precedes the actual meeting.  Click here for information on How Open Forums Work.

The meeting will include the following:

  • Committee Reports
  • President’s Report
  • General Manager’s Report
  • Secretary’s Report-Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • New Business:
    • Stable Committee Internal Operating Procedures
    • Stable Boarding Contract
    • Stable Rider Release
    • Speed Bumps
    • AGUF Decal
    • Performance of UGA Fish Count
    • Stables and Quarry Project
    • Directive to Stables Committee


Luke List in 1st Place Going Into Today’s Final Round at the Honda Classic


Here’s hoping Luke List holds on to the lead and gets the win after today’s round at The Honda Classic.  His tee time is 1:45 and he is paired with Justin Thomas. Tiger Woods is seven shots back and has a 12:45 tee time.  The following article is from a 1996 Bent Tree newsletter.  It’s been posted here before, but it’s worth repeating. Click the article for larger image.

1996 echo article

1996 echo article


It Feels Like Spring

February 22, 2018 - Sallie Doss Trail

February 22, 2018 – Sallie Doss Trail

Bent Tree has enjoyed beautiful weather the last few days… sunshine, warm temps, a gentle breeze from time to time…it makes it hard to remember it’s February.

February 23, 2018 - Looking back on Hole 12

February 23, 2018 – Looking back on Hole 12