As many of us in the Northwoods are being driven crazy by mosquitoes, loons are being harassed by blackflies.
High numbers of loons are having trouble staying on their nests this year due to a surge in a certain kind of black fly that only targets loons.
Walter Piper, a researcher from Chapman University who has been studying loons in the Northwoods for twenty two years, says it’s the most abandoned nests he’s ever seen. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Piper about what that means for the loon population.
A survey of Wisconsin trout anglers finds more than half are satisfied with DNR regulations.
The DNR says the survey was the most comprehensive of Wisconsin trout anglers ever done, with more than 500 anglers returning the nearly 20 page survey. DNR sociobiologist Jordan Petchenik says its goal was to get a better measure of what trout anglers are doing and thinking.
“Not just their behavior, in terms of their time on the water, but also in terms of their preferences and their assessment of the program itself.”
A burglar robbed a family-owned greenhouse of thousands of dollars this week.
Brent Hanson of Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander says a thief apparently broke in between closing Sunday night and opening Monday morning.
“They were looking around in the office, and there should not have been an extra safe key in the office, but they took enough time to open up a lot of desk drawers in the office and actually open it up with the key and get away.”
Advocates and industry leaders are beginning to digest the EPA’s proposed rule package on carbon emissions for power plants. The plan would require Wisconsin power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent between 2005 and 2030.
Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says the proposed changes are modest ones, and will be economic drivers for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels.
The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic. Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine.