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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.