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.
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...
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..."
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.
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...
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...
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.