Natural Encounters

Swans Caught Napping

Two swans were caught napping near the boat launch at the head-of-the-lake around noon today (Thursday 1/7/16).  Carl Noechel did the “catching” with his camera as he stood near the launch looking east.

Not all swans come away unscathed from a nap on the ice.  Ann Swain tells the story of one that did not… Read more »

Eagle vs Duck Video

If you’ve been following this website, you know that over the last couple years more than one eagle has visited Clark Lake.  About a week ago, an eagle, just short of adulthood, tried to feast on ducks at both Eagle Point and the west end of the lake near the Township Park. Becky Consonni was… Read more »

Sitting Ducks

An eagle, just short of adulthood, has been going after some of Clark Lake’s sitting ducks.  Today the eagle was doing its best to grab a meal not far from the Pointe Bar and Grill.  According to an eyewitness the ducks did their best to thwart that objective by hiding under the marina docks.  In… Read more »

Found at Clark Lake

What is it?

You’re looking at something found on fence post today at Clark Lake.  Jill Bentley took the photo of what is known as an “owl pellet”.  In their nightly hunts, owls eat rodents and other small creatures.  As they eat they don’t discriminate between what they can digest and what they can’t.  According… Read more »

Clark Lake Eagles Dine In

Brian and Elise Fish report two eagles, an adult and an immature one, enjoyed their repast at the east end of the lake today (Wednesday 11/11).

Brian describes it this way.  He had just let the dogs outside at their home on Florida.  The dogs took off and a few seconds later he heard a… Read more »

The First One

by John Deming

About this time each year, we experience what may happen again tonight, a preview of the gales of early November.

Forty years ago, on the night of November 10, 1975 the Edmund Fitzgerald sank carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore in Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay. The captain and all 26 members… Read more »

Fall Color

Clark Lake continues to offer bursts of color this fall.  Here’s one of those captured today by Diane Deming at the east end, as our lake magnifies the effect.

Old Spring

Natural Encounters offers a revealing look at Clark Lake’s animal kingdom.  It also brings you remarkable takes on our lake’s inherent beauty.  Here is an excellent example of the latter from Clark Lake resident Bill Leutz.  Be sure to read “Old Spring” below the photo.

The old artesian spring still freely flows. Up… Read more »

The Last One

by John Deming

Each spring I wait for the end of what seems like a never ending winter. Some things keep me optimistic during the dark days of winter. For me it is thinking about the arrival of many of the migratory birds that are with us for the summer months. Arriving first are the… Read more »

Making New Friends

Making friends took a new turn at Sally Lyon’s Sweeter SUPYO.  Sally teaches yoga on paddleboards, and it seems that fans extend beyond humans.  At a recent class at Ocean Beach, this duckling decided to hop aboard one of the paddleboards and hang out for awhile.

You can get more information about Sally’s classes on… Read more »