Natural Resources http://wxpr.org en Hundreds of Native Bee Species Can Also Pollinate Crops http://wxpr.org/post/hundreds-native-bee-species-can-also-pollinate-crops <p>Scientists think wild bees can be as helpful in pollinating certain crops as honeybees. &nbsp;</p><p>University of Wisconsin Madison grad student Rachel Mallinger&nbsp;is in the Northwoods Monday talking about the value of the state’s native bees.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Mallinger about wild bees and the online identification guide she developed to help people appreciate wild bee diversity.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mallinger says while honeybees are nonnative, there are hundreds of species of native bees that also help pollinate crops.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21590 at http://wxpr.org Hundreds of Native Bee Species Can Also Pollinate Crops Elk Herd Size Could Eventually Lead To A Hunt http://wxpr.org/post/elk-herd-size-could-eventually-lead-hunt <p></p><p>In the next installment of&nbsp; "Wildlife Matters",&nbsp; DNR&nbsp; Biologist Jeremy Holtz discusses a wildlife success story: the reintroduction of&nbsp; native elk to the state. But Holtz says this effort was not without struggles...<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br /><br />Jeremy Holtz's commentary "Wildlife Matters". The commentary is also on WXPR.org</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:05 +0000 Ken Krall 21588 at http://wxpr.org Elk Herd Size Could Eventually Lead To A Hunt Late Blight A Threat To Potato, Tomato Crops http://wxpr.org/post/late-blight-threat-potato-tomato-crops <p></p><p>Farmers and gardeners are keeping an eye on their potato and tomato crops as a fungal-like disease known as late blight has been discovered in Portage county.</p><p><br />Langlade County Extension Agriculture agent Stephanie Plaster says to date NO late blight has been found there...</p><p><br /><em>".....this disease can kill plants and whole fields in a matter of weeks. It's spread by wind and rain. It really costs the potato farmers and home gardeners a lot of money as it can destroy whole crops...."</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:44:43 +0000 Ken Krall 21518 at http://wxpr.org Late Blight A Threat To Potato, Tomato Crops DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-approves-more-exploratory-drilling-penokees <p>Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>The DNR has authorized the mining company to drill six additional holes, and approved its request to renew two exploration licenses within a 4-mile area of the Penokee Range.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The DNR has also granted a stormwater permit so the company can make improvements to an existing road used to access some of the drill sites.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:45:42 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21190 at http://wxpr.org Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake http://wxpr.org/post/mixing-experiment-helps-remove-ninety-percent-invasive-smelt-crystal-lake <p>A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. &nbsp;The&nbsp;Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mixing project began two years ago at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Trout Lake Station.&nbsp; Its main goal was to stir up the layers of Crystal Lake, warming the bottom and making it inhospitable for cold-water-loving smelt, which were harming native populations of walleye and yellow perch.</span></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20981 at http://wxpr.org Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake DNR Names Lakes Selected For Walleye Stocking http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-names-lakes-selected-walleye-stocking <p></p><p>The DNR is out with a list of lakes&nbsp; to be stocked with walleyes from the upgraded walleye stocking program.</p><p><br />Last year, the state funded the Walleye Initiative, designed to breed larger walleye fingerlings. The larger fish are believed to have a higher survivability rate than smaller fish.</p><p><br />DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant says the public provided input on what bodies of water needed more stocking. The state reviewed the input and now has a listing...</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:46:33 +0000 Ken Krall 20922 at http://wxpr.org DNR Names Lakes Selected For Walleye Stocking Fish Sticks and Half-Submerged Logs: Restoring Woody Shorelines http://wxpr.org/post/fish-sticks-and-half-submerged-logs-restoring-woody-shorelines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oneida County is holding two workshops on the value of maintaining woody habitat along lake shorelines. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Rosie Page from the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department says fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife…but that habitat is being greatly reduced.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20863 at http://wxpr.org Fish Sticks and Half-Submerged Logs: Restoring Woody Shorelines Citizen Bat Monitors: Turning Up the Volume On Silence http://wxpr.org/post/citizen-bat-monitors-turning-volume-silence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadly bat disease called white nose syndrome was found in Wisconsin earlier this year.&nbsp; That’s bad news for bats, but it hasn’t stopped the Department of Natural Resources from investing in bat monitoring efforts.&nbsp; In fact, biologists say collecting data on bats is more important than ever. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>At nightfall on the end of a pier in Eagle River, DNR Biologist Paul White is standing with his arm outstretched, rubbing his fingers together.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20762 at http://wxpr.org Citizen Bat Monitors: Turning Up the Volume On Silence Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set http://wxpr.org/post/public-meeting-adding-public-landing-mercer-lake-set <p>A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.<br />Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54&nbsp; acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20618 at http://wxpr.org Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality http://wxpr.org/post/young-deer-have-highest-winter-mortality <p> Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20653 at http://wxpr.org Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality