Lake & Wildlife Meeting Canceled

January 31, 2014

The topic for today’s Lake & Wildlife Meeting was scheduled to be “Wild Boar in Big Canoe”.  Due to the possibility of some icy patches remaining on the roads, the meeting has been canceled (or possibly just postponed until later this month). The photo above was taken late yesterday afternoon.

Click here to link to an article on Big Canoe’s wild pig situation.


Lake & Wildlife

December 31, 2013 - Lake Tamarack at dusk

  • The scheduled topic for today’s Lake & Wildlife meeting is Medicare, ACA and other related topics.
  • The topic of the last Lake & Wildlife meeting was VA Health and Other Benefits.

“The mission of the Lake & Wildlife Committee is to protect and maintain our
natural resources to serve the needs of the Bent Tree community. The committee
will furnish leadership in preserving the natural beauty consistent with good
stewardship and wise assimilation of human occupancy into the natural setting.
The committee will focus on providing education to the community regarding
suitable use of the forest and related ecosystems and resources they contain.
Additional concentrations will be on providing recreational and service
opportunities for the Bent Tree community. Members of the committee are the
Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the chair
persons of the following subcommittees: Gardeners, Lake, Trails, Yard Sale,
Special Projects and Keep Bent Tree Beautiful. All residents and property owners
wishing to participate may be Lake & Wildlife partners and are encouraged to
become involved with and participate in the activities of the committee.” – April 2013

The Lone Duck

Using the phrase “sitting ducks” in a post a couple of days ago reminded me of some pictures I took during the summer. A lone female mallard was hanging out near the spillway. When I drove up, she was wading near the swing. It didn’t seem to ruffle her feathers one bit when I walked over and sat in the swing. I sat there taking pictures for quite a while.

Click thumbnails below to scroll through larger images. Click here for an earlier post with pictures of a lone male mallard.

Bluebird Benefactors – Part 2

Yesterday’s post was about a couple of Bent Tree homeowners who took it upon themselves to clean, repair, replace, and monitor the neglected bluebird boxes on the golf course. They have become the caretakers of the bluebird boxes. Today’s post gives a few more details.

Some of the older boxes were constructed using nails and the boxes could not be easily opened for cleaning. Where needed, the caretakers replaced the nails with screws so the cleaning and other maintenance can be properly done. Squirrels and wasps have caused some issues. A squirrel gnawed around the hole on the newly installed front of one of the boxes. Wasps began building nests in several boxes, and the caretakers promptly cleaned them out.

Many of the renovated boxes have already been used for nesting and raising babies. As of the beginning of this week, at least one group of babies had already fledged. The caretakers have already cleaned out the box, and it is ready for the next nest. Sadly, a nest of dead babies was discovered. The caretakers dug a little hole and buried them, nest and all. Then they cleaned out that box and it is ready for the next nesting cycle.

Following are pictures of some of the bluebird boxes on the golf course (click thumbnail for larger image). This first photo (taken in February) shows a box before repairs were completed. You can see where some pieces have been replaced/added to the old houses. The new fronts and roofs have a fresh coat of green paint. The all green box is a total replacement for one that was beyond repair. Note: the locations of the boxes were not changed.

It’s a clean sweep by Lake & Wildlife

The three candidates supported by the Lake & Wildlife Old Guard* won the seats for the Bent Tree Board of Directors. Meanwhile, the collected assessment rate at the end of August was 83.7%. Our current Board of Directors set this year’s budget assuming a 86% collection rate (even though the 2011 collection rate was only 84.3%).  Here’s hoping the final quarter of 2012 brings in a lot of past-due collections.

*Note – This is not my wording.  The term is straight from one of “The Old Guard” himself.



Lake & Wildlife meeting this morning – 9:30 at Club Tamarack

Today is the first meeting of the Lake & Wildlife Committee since the committee has been officially restructured. Following are a couple of photos of lake/wildlife in Bent Tree this week:

October 5, 2012 – heron at Lake Tamarack – Lake & Wildlife in one photo

September 29, 2012 – No arrows in this buck as of last Saturday (three weeks into bow season).