Iron County residents have a chance to brush up on their understanding of local zoning ordinances that regulate mining. The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is hosting speaker George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Foundation and former secretary of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Terry Daulton with the Iron County Citizen’s Forum says it will help inform people about how communities deal with mining activities.
Wisconsin Public Service President Chuck Cloninger (left) assists Greg Septon, President of the Wisconsin Peregrine Trust, (right) in the banding and official registration of this year’s WPS Peregrine Falcon “Class of 2013.” Seven Peregrine chicks recently hatched in nesting boxes on two WPS Power Plants located in Wausau and in Green Bay.
Peregrine falcons who like to nest at Wisconsin Public Service power plants have produced seven new baby chicks. The chicks were born at the inside nesting boxes on the roofs of the Weston plant near Wausau and the Pulliam plant in Green Bay.
The birds were banded earlier this month. School kids named the birds Boston Honor, Zippin, Journey, Sky Dancer, P.J., Lacey and Snow.
June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.
The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon. DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind.
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in partnership with Nicolet Area Technical College, has produced seven promotional videos featuring the state's only national forest. The short videos were created by Digital Graphics students as a way to help people to learn more about the forest's recreational opportunities and history.
Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory says they wanted to have a new way to see the forest.
Invasive species have continued to be a problem here in the Northwoods. Nonnatives like the Eurasian water milfoil can threaten the ecology of lakes and disrupt summer recreation.
Next week the Minocqua Brewing Company will host a public discussion of aquatic invasives. It’s part of a monthly series at the brewpub called Science on Tap. We sat down with the two scientists, Ben Beardmore and Alex Latzka, who will be talking about their research next week.
The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.
DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....
"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."
Several area high schools were involved with the 17th annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service for schools within the WPS region.
Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the contest is underwritten by the WPS Community Foundation. It's a challenge for participating schools through the "SolarWise For Schools" program. Those schools have a curriculum and solar panels on the school roofs....