Waterfowl and painted turtles are very much out and about during the Idlewild Lake drawdown.

Waterfowl and painted turtles are very much out and about during the Idlewild Lake drawdown.

Wildlife emerge during Idlewild drawdown

Water levels down a foot over the May long weekend

The drawdown at Idlewild Lake in Cranbrook continues in its gradual way. It was noted last weekend by the photographer that the water level is down nine inches to a foot. The photographer — Stewart Wilson — also saw more western painted turtles than usual along a wider area than they’ve been seen before — perhaps due to there being more perches for them to sun themselves, such as roots and low branches, given the drop in water level. Waterfowl were also evident, with Canada geese, Mallards and ducklings, even a spotted sandpiper and a kingfisher.

The water levels are being lowered at Idlewild Lake based on recent assessments of the dam at the lake’s western end and concern for public safety. Cranbrook City Council is looking for funding to replace the dam and restore the lake. The City is also looking for public input on Idlewild Park, and is offering a short online survey, at fluidsurveys.com/s/Idlewildpark/. The survey ends May 25.