Michele Sadauskas

Officials Warn Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Sep 28, 2015

  The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation is urging the public to pay special attention for invasive species as they pull out their piers, boats and boat lifts for the winter. Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says zebra mussels are especially likely to attach to items such as wood, rocks and boats. She says once zebra mussels are found, they’re impossible to remove.


Expect to see volunteers and staff at Northwoods boat landings this holiday weekend.

The DNR is hosting the Fourth of July Landing Blitz. The annual effort checks boats coming in and out of waters to monitor for invasive species.

Oneida County Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas talks about their efforts..

"....and that is why all our groups are out at the landings with AIS message golf towels and handing those out to boaters. Typically we have about 18-20 lake associations, DNR wardens, and staff from Oneida county...."

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Volunteers in the Northwoods will be visiting bridges this Saturday…and taking an inventory of aquatic invasives they find.

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskus says they’ll canvass several areas to get a count of what species are present at different bridges.

“We’re hoping not to find anything new.  A lot of these areas don’t have a lot of information or data collected on them.  So we’re going into a lot of these areas with a fresh look at them.” 

AIS Poster Contest Spreads Awareness, Not Species

Jun 11, 2014
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Kids at Rhinelander schools celebrated winning awards in an aquatic invasive species poster contest Wednesday.  The contest spans nine Northwoods counties…and asks kids to design a poster and slogan that spreads awareness of aquatic invasives.  

Central Intermediate School fourth grade students Reagan Hartman and Elise Tesch took first and second place in their division. 

“Well I drew a boat…and I wrote stop and pick off invasive species," Hartman explained.

Boat Monitors Prepare To Defend Lakes Against Invasives

May 1, 2014
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Our lakes may still be covered in ice, but volunteer lake monitors are gearing up for a season of keeping invasive species at bay. 

Dozens of volunteers gathered this week in Rhinelander for a refresher on rules and protocols.  Oneida County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says they’re a fraction of those working in Oneida County alone.

Intro to Invasives, at CAVOC

Sep 19, 2013
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Fourth graders from Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander had a chance to learn about invasive species Thursday, on an environmental education field trip. 

Michele Sadauskas is passing around Louis – a preserved sea lamprey to a group of kids sitting on the floor at CAVOC, the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom.   Sadauskas is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County.  She’s here today to give kids a primer – what exactly is an AIS?