Natural Resources

Gathering Data By Night
4:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Citizen Bat Monitors: Turning Up the Volume On Silence

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The deadly bat disease called white nose syndrome was found in Wisconsin earlier this year.  That’s bad news for bats, but it hasn’t stopped the Department of Natural Resources from investing in bat monitoring efforts.  In fact, biologists say collecting data on bats is more important than ever.  

At nightfall on the end of a pier in Eagle River, DNR Biologist Paul White is standing with his arm outstretched, rubbing his fingers together. 

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Would be first public landing
3:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set

A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.
Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54  acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...

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Adults fared better in harsh winter
2:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality

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Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.

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Black Flies Hinder Reproductive Success
5:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Loon Chicks Likely To Number Forty Percent Fewer

Northwoods loons continue to feel the effects of black fly swarms earlier this year.
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Loons are still feeling the impact from swarms of black flies that drove most pairs from their nests earlier this year.  There’s likely to be a 40 percent drop in the number of chicks compared to last year.

Thanks to the black flies, more than two thirds of loons in a study abandoned their first attempt at a nest.  Researcher Walter Piper of the Loon Project says even though most have by this time made a second attempt, reproduction is way behind. 

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Four decades of development
5:24 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Trail Nearing Completion

Bearskin Trail
Credit wi.dnr.gov

A popular state hiking, biking and snowmobile trail in Lincoln and Oneida counties will soon be finished and when that happens, users can go from Tomahawk to Minocqua on the trail.

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce announced the first phase of the Hiawatha-Bearskin Trail in nearing completion. The 18 mile Bearskin trail was completed in the 1970's and the Hiawatha Trail portion in 1989. The trails use a former railroad bed. There is a six-mile section being completed that will link the two trails  says spokesperson Jim Wise...

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Careful Mapping of Town Roads
11:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Three Lakes Gathers Detailed Info About Terrestrial Invasives

A recent roadside survey found only five locations of purple loosestrife in Three Lakes, WI.
Credit Stefan Czapski / http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2559210

Three Lakes has completed a detailed survey of terrestrial invasive species in the town. 

The data was collected by one individual: Baerbel Ehrig walked and biked 260 miles in Three Lakes last year…on both sides of each and every town road. 

Ehrig explains the purpose is to better understand which invasives are present on a local level, and how many of them there are.  And roads are a good place to start. 

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White Nose Is Major Threat
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

USFWS Delays Listing Decision for Threatened Bat Species

Northern long-eared bats are listed as threatened in Wisconsin, and may receive a federal listing as well.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delay its decision on whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered.  The decision was set to come in October, but the agency will wait six more months before making the final call. 

Natural resource departments in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states requested the delay

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Citizens Testified in Rhinelander
12:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the quota of 156 wolves for this hunting season.
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Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter.  

The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s recommendation.  The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions. 

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Submitted photograph
7:56 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Good fishin'

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WXPR Blues Friday host Dean Baker shows off a beautiful trout.

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Wildlife Matters
4:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Even A Veteran Outdoorsman Sometimes Gets Baffled

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WXPR brings you a commentary  from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters".

He says even a veteran outdoorsman can be stumped when asked to look at an odd pile of scat....
 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz and "Wildlife Matters".

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