Our Northwoods community is blessed with an abundance of native wildlife, including an expanding population of elk from the successful Clam Lake herd restoration effort. We are in the initial stages of expanding our website to include news and information about the wild creatures who share our environs here in the Quiet Lakes area.


It just occurred to me that we could use this site to share the excitement of wildlife returning to the North Country in spring of 2019, so I am going to start recording my observations here, and I encourage others to e-mail me with their first-of-the-year sightings at dneuswanger@gmail.com. I’ll post them here. We’re starting a little late, I realize, because some species (like goldeneyes, hooded mergansers, mallards, sandhill cranes, and robins) have been back for a week or two already, and others (like river-bound trumpeter swans and Canada geese) never really left. But… better late than never! –Dave Neuswanger on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Dave Neuswanger heard the first loon call of the year (a wail) at 8:25 a.m. on 4/19/19 on the West Fork Chippewa River downstream of the Moose Lake Dam.

Dave Neuswanger heard, then saw, the first yellow warbler of the year at 8:30 a.m. on 4/19/19 as the bird started repairing last year’s nest in a high red maple tree branch overhanging the Teal River.

Bryan Neuswanger saw the first osprey sitting atop its nesting platform in the Thoroughfare between Lost Land and Teal lakes on the morning of 4/19/19.


Just for fun, members of QLIA are encouraged to send UNIQUE wildlife photos or videos for posting. By UNIQUE, we mean quality images of wildlife captured on film doing unusual things in unusual places. Other sites post a plethora of images of deer wading along shorelines and eagles perched in pine trees. These are nice… but not what we’re after here. We seek photos of animals in our area engaged in RARLEY seen behaviors or interactions that expand our view of these creatures. It is not our intent to anthropomorphize our wild neighbors by pretending they are human, but we challenge the amateur photographers in our midst to capture a side of these animals that is not apparent in the thousands of photos available for viewing elsewhere.

For example, a photo of a whitetail deer munching wild celery along the lakeshore on a misty morning does not qualify as UNIQUE. But if there happens to be a kingfisher perched on one of its antlers, THAT would be a photo to place on our website! Similarly, a photo of a bald eagle perched on a pine branch overlooking the lake may not be unique, but add a swooping osprey as the eagle ducks for cover, and you’ll have a photo we would love to post here. A video of a bear trying to reach your bird feeder may not be unique, but if there are three cubs all competing for the prize in a comical manner, that might qualify for posting. If you think you have a UNIQUELY qualifying photo (JPEG file) or video (YouTube link), please provide a suggested caption that succinctly describes the time, place, and circumstance, and e-mail it to our photo editor, Bryan Neuswanger, at bneuswanger@yahoo.com. Include the full name of the photographer/videographer so that proper credit can be given.