Two speakers coming to the Northwoods this week will discuss water relationships in northern Wisconsin.
Emily Stanley from UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says the water resources here are intricately linked, and are really one resource.
“Surface water today is ground water next year; and really trying to isolate one lake and how we think of it, and how it fits within the Northwoods – you really can’t view it in isolation, these systems really are a part of one big interactive system.”
With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.
Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors.
“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds. We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food. So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.”
Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.
Cold weather and significant snowfall in November may seem unusual, but the National Weather Service says it’s not that atypical.
Dan Miller with the National Weather Service in Duluth says significant snowfall in November happens about 25 to 30 percent of the time.
“I think we need to put a little bit of a perspective on it. Yeah it’s a little early bit early and yeah it’s a lot colder than it was in October. But really in the scheme of things this isn’t really that far off of the rails in terms of being wildly abnormal.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again taking comments on whether to add the northern long-eared bat to the endangered species list. Some groups are questioning estimates of the bat’s fragility.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says populations of the northern long-eared bat are dropping precipitously due to the deadly fungal disease white nose syndrome. It’s wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and was found to have spread to Wisconsin earlier this year.
Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property. In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.