Natural Resources

Traveling South
5:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out

Songbirds like the baltimore oriole can benefit from bird feeders and backyard habitat.
Credit Dick Daniels

Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.  

The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat.  Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.             

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Lake regulations on cellphone
4:10 am
Sat September 7, 2013

DNR Mobile Phone Link For Anglers

Cellphones and fishing
Credit gizmodo.com

Anglers with mobile phones can grab information on inland fishing lake regulations.


The DNR is out with a new mobile-friendly website.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the DNR completed an inland lake regulation database. With a little tweeking, the database was setup for portable phone use...


 

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Looks like lily pads
4:08 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Another Aquatic Invasive Pulled From Forest County Lake

Yellow Floating Heart
Credit Oregon.gov

Add Yellow Floating Heart to the growing list of aquatic invasive species in the Northwoods.


Recently a group pulled the lily-pad-like invasive from Gordon Lake in Forest county.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Michele Sadauskas


says like many invasives, the plant is a fast-grower....

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Limits could come in 2016
3:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Meeting Set To Discuss Panfish Management

Possible limits on panfish
Credit 3brothersflies.com

Studies of fish populations showing panfish size going down statewide have spurred the DNR to develop a management plan. While the agency has management plans for other popular species, panfish were left unmanaged.


Earlier this year, DNR officials went out to get input on a possible plan. Another meeting is planned in a few days.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the upcoming meeting will convene several groups involved in the decision...


 

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DNR hopes hunters come forward
10:14 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Vilas, Oneida County Get Too Many Antlerless Deer Tags

Antlerless deer
Credit environmentalgeography.wordpress.com

The DNR is asking hunters in two deer units in Vilas and Oneida counties to return some doe tags after they accidentally sold too many. Wildlife management director Tom Hauge says it was human error in data transfer.


 



"...when we started our issuance process it was brought to our attention that the permit numbers we had listed for 'available' were higher than the numbers approved by the Natural Resources Board back in May..."


 

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An Old Growth Goal
4:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Science and Social Values in the Van Vliets

Even small diameter hemlocks can be hundreds of years old.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

In the far reaches of Northern Wisconsin, a remote stand of old growth hemlocks has been cast into the public eye.  The 400-acre Van Vliet Hemlocks are known to many as one of the few old growth stands left in Wisconsin.  Over the past century forest managers have mostly taken a hands-off approach.  But a proposal from the state Department of Natural Resources to log part of the area has community members up in arms.

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Selected For Waterfowl and Pheasant Stamps
3:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Lake Tomahawk Artist Selected Twice For Stamps

2014 Wisconsin Duck Stamp by Caleb Metrich
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A 30 year old Lake Tomahawk artist has been selected to place not one, but two of three prints placed on Wisconsin conservation wildlife stamps. This is the fifth time in the history of the three stamp design contests that the same artist has painted the winning design for both the pheasant and waterfowl stamps.


Caleb Metrich is a mostly self-taught artist with a love of the outdoors. Previously, he also won the state turkey stamp, and was named "Artist of the Year" by Ducks Unlimited. He says he's honed his craft by trial and error...


 

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Science on Tap is Back
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Science on Tap Brings Overseas Adventure Stories

Land-use research often relies on satellite images, like this one of Yaroslavl, Russia.
Credit NASA

After a summer hiatus Science on Tap is resuming Wednesday, with a discussion of land use…but with a bit of a world traveler twist.

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Quarantine on Non-Local Wood
4:24 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

To Slow Ash Borer's Spread, Buy Local Firewood

The emerald ash borer was most recently found in Superior.
Credit USDA

Federal and state officials are reminding campers this holiday weekend to buy firewood close to your campsite.

With the most recent discovery in Superior of the ash-tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, the insect has moved into the north. To slow the spread of the borer, officials have put a quarantine on firewood from areas away from the campsites.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Megan Healy explains...

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Nearing Harvest Time
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Wild Rice Season Set to Open

Wild rice grows at the mouth of the Kakagon River near Lake Superior.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wild rice season is set to begin in Northern Wisconsin.  Manoomin, the traditional food of the Ojibwe nations, typically ripens around Labor Day.  But harvesters may need extra patience this year.

Only three out of about 50 lakes regulated by state and tribal officials will open for ricing by this weekend. Manoomin biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission Lisa David says Wisconsin’s late spring delayed ripening in some areas.

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