Natural Resources

Long-Lived Birds
1:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Loons Show Signs of Aging

Data from the Loon Project indicate loons do suffer with age.
Credit Mike Baird via

A researcher working in the Northwoods has found evidence that loons age.  Scientists haven’t been able to demonstrate this until now because of how long loons live. 

Chapman University’s Walter Piper has been studying loon behavior for the past twenty two years, through research in Oneida County called the Loon Project.

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Following 2012 Deer Trustee Report
3:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Sec. Stepp Says Upcoming Deer Hunt Shows Public Input

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp
Credit Wisconsin DNR

She says the coming gun deer hunt in Wisconsin reflects a change in DNR policy.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gave a preview of the 2014 hunt, scheduled to begin November 22 through November 30....

".....for the very first time now the people who care about the resources are at the table advising us what they are seeing in their own backyards and communities and what would they like to see when it comes to deer management. A lot of the changes are the result of all the changes in the last year and a half since the Deer Trustee Report came out...."

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Unusual Amount of Snow and Ice
1:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Early Winter Impacts Wildlife

Birds and other wildlife may have been a bit unprepared for this November storm.
Credit Liz West via,_Canada_Geese_in_flight,_Great_Meadows_National_Wildlife_Refuge.jpg

While humans are stressed this week with the unusually early and intense winter storm in the Northwoods, wildlife is not having an easy time of it either.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander talked with Ken Krall about the stress wildlife endures during heavy snow.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talking with Ken Krall.

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Hazardous November Weather
6:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

It's Snowing in November In the Northwoods

Snow is blanketing the Northwoods, in a storm that could bring as many as 22 inches to some areas.
Credit Pixabay

With several inches falling throughout the day Monday, significantly more snow is in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.

Forecasters are predicting another 3-6 inches for the Rhinelander area Monday night, with higher amounts near the Upper Michigan border.

An additional 3-5 inches are forecast for Tuesday, with snow likely to continue into Tuesday night in the Upper Peninsula.  

Many area schools let out early Monday afternoon, and most organizations canceled public meetings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  

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Simple lakeshore projects
3:24 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Healthy Lakes Project Wants More "Fish Sticks"

Trout Lake

A webinar Thursday will give lakeshore property owners information on  a new DNR initiative boosting private sector involvement to care for Northwoods lakes.

The Healthy Lakes effort will help fund a limited number of local projects focusing on simple ways to improve fish habitat, improve native plantings, divert and clean runoff water and promote beauty.

The DNR's Carroll Schaal says  this grant program was carved out the lake protection grant program.....

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

A Closer Look at Rare Wildlife Sightings

Moose sightings are rare, but they do happen.
Credit Karen Laubenstein / US Fish and Wildlife Service

You never know what kind of wildlife you might run into when you’re out and about in the Northwoods.

In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says some sightings are easier to prove than others. 

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Reframing Questions About AIS
4:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

How Many Are Where? Rethinking the Spread of Invasive Species

A UW Madison researcher says close to forty percent of the state’s lakes could contain invasive species. 

According to the Wisconsin DNR, that figure is currently documented at less than ten percent. 

But Jake Vander Zanden of the UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says his team surveyed a random sample of Wisconsin lakes to estimate how many might be affected by invasive species statewide, and came up with a much higher number. 

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Change in DNR process
4:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

County Deer Advisory Reports Coming Monday

Trophy buck
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Deer Advisory Councils have been meeting across Wisconsin as part of a reform effort within the DNR to manage the state's deer herd. The councils will release preliminary recommendations beginning next Monday.

DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says each county councils will make recommendations on local deer populations. Wallenfang says beginning Monday, more input on the recommendations will be sought....

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Prohibited Species in Wisconsin
4:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Lake Gordon Clear of Yellow Floating Heart

When first found in Lake Gordon, yellow floating heart was growing in a robust patch.
Submitted photo

It’s been over a year since monitors found Wisconsin’s first inland lake invasion of a plant called yellow floating heart in Forest County. The latest inspection did not reveal any new plants. 

It’s chilly grey day in late October, and it’s the last time this year that Forest County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator John Preuss will check for yellow floating heart. 

“What I look for is the shape of the leaf.  And when it’s flowering…and the seed pods are kind of tear dropped shape.” 

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Natural Resources
5:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NRB To Consider ATVs in Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

ATVs may be allowed through a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area, if the Natural Resources Board approves a proposal Wednesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The state Natural Resources Board is set to weigh in on a proposal for an ATV route through the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander.

The Nokomis ATV club has requested ATV access on 3/4 mile of state-owned trail that’s currently only open to foot traffic and snowmobiles in winter. 

The ATV trail would also extend south on county forest property for another 3/4 mile.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz explains that a feasibility study found the proposal to be workable, providing a few conditions are met.

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