Though winter is holding on with a vice-like grip, the DNR is reminding those with ice shacks that it's not long until they need to be removed from lakes and rivers.
DNR Conservation Warden Tom Van Haren says the middle of March is a key time to remember....
"....for most waters, there's a north-south line in the state...Highway 64 is the dividing line. If you're north of the Highway 64 line then you have to have your permanent shelters removed beginning the first Sunday afte March 12 each year.....
A third of Wisconsin residents age 16 and over are birders. That’s according to a new survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which ranks Wisconsin’s percentage of birders second highest in the nation, tied with West Virginia.
The report defined birders as those who traveled at least one mile to watch birds, or reported paying close attention to the birds around their house.
Ryan Brady, research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR in Ashland, says he’s not surprised by the high number.
Deer aren’t the only wildlife having a hard time finding food this winter.
Wildlife rehabilitator Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says she’s worried about many of the region’s birds. She says the rehab center near Antigo is seeing birds like red-tailed hawks, chickadees and even robins.
“What is unusual is the way that they’re coming in. People are finding them really not moving very much – they’re kind of in a hypothermic state. Their breathing is slowed, their heartrate is slowed, and they go into almost a torpor state.”
Many wild turkeys may be struggling to survive the harsh winter in northern Wisconsin.
Bird expert Laura Erickson says in an average winter, turkeys are protected by their fat reserves. But a severe winter like this one is another matter.
“The problem is that they need a lot of food. And with the deep snows we’ve been having, it’s virtually impossible for them to find the acorns or other food items that they would normally get on the ground.”
A new report finds that female coyotes can give birth to mixed wolf-coyote pups. The study could have implications in the debate regarding placing wolves on the endangered species according to one researcher.
Three groups, including the U.S. Geological Society did the research.
U.S. G. S.'s Dr. David Mech says the study adds a bit of information to an on-going debate among geneticists about whether eastern gray wolves are a unique species from it's western U.S. counterpart....
They didn't all fly south, as a local bird watcher says good numbers of birds were seen in the Northwoods during a recent count.
The Great Backyard Bird Count has grown to an international event says Bob Dall of Rhinelander. He says with the global reach of the Internet, birders can go online and watch as data comes in, collected two weekends ago across the planet....
"....in our own county, Oneida county, I think 43 checklists were turned in. More than 200 birds were observed with 22 species, from just those folks who participated...."