Natural Resources

Wildlife Matters - Rabbits Across the Northwoods
9:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Rabbitat: By A Hare

Snowshoe hare
Credit Karl Friedrich Herhold

Today we have the next installment from Wisconsin DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz as part of his regular contribution "Wildlife Matters". 

Today he tells us about a key member of the food chain.

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Exercising Treaty Rights
4:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

LCO Harvest Camp Says It Will Comply With County Rules, But Won't Pack Up

Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and others have maintained a presence near a proposed iron mine since last spring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Members of the Lac Court Oreilles Harvest Education and Learning Project plan to rotate in and out of the site to comply with Iron County rules. 

Earlier this month the Iron County Board of Supervisors gave Harvest Camp residents six business days to leave, saying they were in violation of a 14-day camping limit. 

Camp spokesperson Paul DeMain says the site will remain as it is, but longterm residents will follow the rules by leaving every two weeks for at least 24 hours. 

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Conversation with Entomologist
4:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Ticks Spread Disease, and Why There Won't Be Fewer of Them This Year

Ticks can transmit diseases that rodents carry to humans.
Credit NOAA

With summer and tick season coming up in the next few months, today we talk with entomologist Phil Pellitteri…who ran the Insect Lab at the University of Wisconsin Madison for 35 years.  He’ll be a guest at this month’s informal discussion series Science on Tap.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about Wisconsin’s tick situation.

Phil Pellitteri will be talking more about preventing tick-borne illnesses at Science on Tap in Minocqua next week, along with pediatrician Holly Frost from Marshfield Clinic.  

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Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
3:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

April Crane Count Tracks Numbers, Whereabouts

Sandhill crane populations have rebounded in Wisconsin. Last year almost 9,000 cranes were counted in six Midwestern states.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Volunteers are getting ready to count Wisconsin’s cranes.  The Midwest Crane Count happens April 12th, organized by the International Crane Foundation.

The count happens early in the morning, between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m.  Oneida County coordinator Bob Dall says volunteers look and listen for a crane’s call at about 40 known nesting sites in the county.   

“Some of our local wildlife areas like Thunder Marsh, areas near open flowages and wetland bogs.  Cranberry marshes are very popular for cranes, they love to feed or nest there.” 

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Flooding is possible
7:26 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Reservoirs On Wisconsin River Drawn Down For Melt

Alexander Hydroelectric Plant On The Wisconsin River
Credit Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

  An official from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company says there's a 50 percent chance of flooding this spring along the Wisconsin River. Peter Hansen is WVIC's Operations Manager. He says with the raised chance of flooding, the interested parties along the river are staying touch..  

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Wildlife Matters With Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

More Cougar Sightings Likely In Wis. and Michigan

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz predicts more local cougar sightings.
Credit Greg Hume / Cinncinnati Zoo

For the next installment of "Wildlife Matters" DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz tells us how a tale from "Little House On the Prairie" ties into today's search for the elusive large cat of the woods.

DNR biologist Jeremy Holtz. His program "Wildlife Matters" is heard each week.

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DNR May Restrict Anglers
2:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tribes Reserve More Walleye for Spearing

Chippewa tribal members spear walleye in springtime, when the fish swim into the shallows to spawn.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply.  The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year.  As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.  

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Examining the Deer-Forest Relationship
3:33 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

DNR Plans 900-Acre Deer Study in Vilas County

A DNR study will involve twelve forest parcels with different levels of deer and available forage.
Credit Rennett Stowe

DNR officials are planning a long term study to look at how deer density and forest composition affect each other.  

The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas, containing different numbers of deer and amounts of available forage. 

Some areas will contain no deer at all.  Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres.  Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer.  High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel.

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Tracts in six counties
3:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Northwoods Land Trust Protecting More Land

Credit Northwoods Land Trust

The Northwoods Land Trust reports another successful year preserving lands for future generations.

The Northwoods Land Trust  is a non-profit conservation organization  in Eagle River. They work with property owners, accepting conservation easements on property with natural or scenic resource values. After conservation easement is granted, the land trust provides long-term stewardship following the landowner's wishes.

Ken Krall spoke with Trust Executive Director Bryan Pierce. He says it was a good year.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Unknown How Turkey Population Affected By Harsh Winter

Next we hear from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his on-going series, "Wildlife Matters".  He says it's still unknown how our severe winter will affect turkey populations.

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