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...."
Gogebic Taconite could begin bulk sampling in the Penokee Range at any time. The DNR has finished reviewing the sampling plan and has no further questions or requirements.
GTac’s original plan involved building a new road to provide access to some of the sites. DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says the company submitted a revised plan last week, since frozen roads make that access easier.