Waterfowl at the Mendenhall Lake Outlet
Mar 22, 2022 | Uncategorized
- Waterfowl at the Mendenhall Lake Outlet shows the variety and abundance of ducks and swans that rest and feed in that area.
- It is generally far enough away from human access that there is usually very little disturbance of them.
- If a trail is constructed along Mendenhall Lake to better access this area, people and dogs would cause most of the waterfowl to leave.
- The proposal to make this area more accessible to humans would change this. If a bridge is constructed across the outlet it might destroy the value of the area for waterfowl.
- There appears to be a unique algae that grows in the outlet that attracts the birds.
- It is one of the best places to see Mountain Bluebirds in the Juneau area. This is a rare bird for Southeast Alaska. They appear to be attracted to this spot to feed on the numerous aquatic insects that emerge here.
- In some years I have observed coho salmon spawning in this area very late in the year– December. The value of the area for salmon and their young should be evaluated.
- I recommend that a very thorough study of this environment and its value for birds and other wildlife be conducted before any plans are finalized.
- One consideration would be to make a wildlife viewing platform with interpretive signs overlooking this area — accessed by a trail from the campground. And do nothing to alter the value of the area for wildlife.