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Katie Simonsen

on 6 May 2013

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Foundation Methods Continuation: 2013+
Results Goals North Lakeland Discovery Center Located in Manitowish Waters
Established in 1996
501 (c)(3) Non-profit
Environmental Education
Community Programs
Lifelong Learning for all ages
Citizen Science
Exploration, Recreation North Lakeland
Discovery Center Connections Timeline and Involvement Acoustic Bat Monitoring
Shoreline Bird Surveys
Lake Level Monitoring
Water Quality
AIS Monitoring
Lichen Monitoring (Pilot) Citizen-Based
Monitoring Projects Used to be a YCC camp (Youth Conservation Corps)
Cabins and main lodge remodeled and still in use
12 miles of public hiking, biking, skiing trails
Beach front with canoes and kayaks
Serve over 600 school-aged students each year, including groups from Chicago, Milwaukee, as well as local schools
Served over 1200 through drop-in and community programs Three Affiliate Organizations
TWA (Timber Wolf Alliance)
FoVV (Friends of Van Vliet Hemlocks)
DCBC (Discovery Center Bird Club) Sarah Johnson
- Executive Director
Anne Kretschmann
- Water Specialist Long-Term in Nature
Climate Change
Data Sharing Volunteers contribute data and commitment to project. NLDC compiles/shares data with public and managers. Data informs science and management decisions, as well as new questions. With new questions, come adapted projects or new ways to get involved. And the cycle of involvement continues... Most consistent (least variability) reponse is from drainage lakes
Local lakes in PI exhibit least variability (VV, PI, Papoose)
Oxbow and Crab Lakes, as drainage systems, exhibited "flashier" responses to heavy rain falls. Research & Monitoring:
The Lake Level Project Sarah@DiscoveryCenter.net
Anne@DiscoveryCenter.net Project-Based Volunteers engaged with that project BATS Learns about bats of WI
Learns monitoring techniques
Helps collect data
Sees final data (maps/species)
Contributes valuable data for
Statewide population monitoring Lakes Learns about project and
how to take data
Enters/records data weekly
Gains insight into his lake
Data compiled & shared
Contributes to science on weather
patterns, climate change, & lake
lake type reactions/vulmerability AIS BIRDS LICHEN Project Based Connections
Jane Bats
Jeff Lakes Stewardship Ethic alongside
Meaningful Contributions Volunteer Volunteer CBM Organization Essentially the same three parts, each with their own goals/objectives:
Volunteer: sense of satisfaction/ contributing on meaningful level
CBM: data/ furthers under- standing of the natural world
Organization: connections to members/communities; fulfilling mission Volunteer CBM Organization 2008 - 2012 Lakes Monitored 4 to 33 Vilas HOW TO? Ice Out: Set Gauges, Permanent Benchmarks
Train Volunteers
Weekly Readings Logged/Shared
Monthly Results Compiled
Ice In: Remove Gauages, Collect Books & Eqpt.
Annual Results Compiled
SWIMS Database While Nature Centers can be very effective at spearheading great studies, our strength lies in our connections and our very existence depends on our STORY-telling ability. Data

Science 2010-2012 Results for all 3 lake types follow similar trends that appear to match precipitation Organization The Bigger Picture Benefits Purpose: In 2008, concerns about record low lake levels spurred local citizens and lake associations to form the Vilas County citizen scientist lake level monitoring network, spearheaded by NLDC. (Some lakes in northern WI were at lowest point in 70 years)

This network was the first of its kind in Wisconsin to address a lack of long-term lake level monitoring data. In the ensuing years, data has been gathered that begins to show how different lake types respond to precipitation events.

Needed answers to questions such as: Homeowners
Lake Associations
Conserve School
Vilas River and Lakes Assocation
LDF Tribe NLDC Water Specialist
UW-Trout Lake Researcher
Lead Volunteer
Supporting Organizations
Student Scientists
Volunteer Monitors CBM How would different lake types (seepage, drainage, drained) respond to low lake levels? How should management adapt for connected issues such as receding shorelines, erosion, potentially changing ecologies due to increased/new weed growth? Over 650,000 Acres / 94,000 Lakes (16%)
@ 1320! PI: 9
Winch: 6
BJ: 2
MW: 1
LDF: 6
LOL: 6 One of world's highest concentration of lakes. Townships Seepage Drained Drainage
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