Wildlife Matters

Resolve to get Outdoors

Dec 29, 2016

  We kick off 2017 the same way we kick off most new years—with resolutions. I think it is human nature to overreach on trying to improve ourselves, especially when we take our families into consideration. In 2011 I attempted to improve my family’s financial situation. I made some spending changes, liquidated some belongings on an online auction. But then my take-home pay was cut by my employer and any footing I gained was quickly lost. The next year, I set my goal low—to reduce coffee consumption to two mugs a day. Success!

Venomous Critters in the Northwoods?

Dec 15, 2016

Turning the Tide on Declining Wildlife Numbers

Dec 8, 2016

The online wildlife community has recently been buzzing about the most recent results of the Living Planet Index, a study done cooperatively by World Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London. The LPI examines populations of over 3,000 species of fish, wildlife, and birds around the globe and compares them to actual or estimated population levels from 1970. According to this study, the global population of wildlife has dropped by more than half in that time span, and by 2020 those population levels will be one-third of what they were in 1970.

The Science Behind Fall Foliage

Oct 20, 2016

A couple of weekends ago, my oldest son was riding in my truck with me after a drive in the county forest. I saw a beautiful panorama spreading across the hillside we faced while at a stop sign. I remarked about the scene, and my son readily agreed how nice it was. When I looked over at him, though, he was not looking up—he was playing with his smartphone! I chided him gently, and told him that he should enjoy the colorful display now, because he will have to wait for a year to see it again. He gave me the side-eye but didn’t say anything.

Get in touch with your wild side

Oct 5, 2016

I learned to love and appreciate hunting, fishing, and nature from my father. He was an avid outdoorsman, and took great pride in the fact that he never missed a deer season, not even the year he had open heart surgery. He loved to fish, and would keep every single possible fish he caught. I still remember watching him on the riverbank, nailing a catfish to a tree so he could skin and fillet it while it was fresh. He never really got crazy about lots of lures, or fancy poles or tackle. A worm, a minnow, or maybe a black and silver Rapala was all he needed to be content.

Wildlife Matters: Wisconsin's Natural World

Sep 22, 2016
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Bear hunting season closes Tuesday.  And for the past week, bear hunting has been open only to those using hounds.  It’s an approach that tends to bring out strong emotions in people…who are either devoted or opposed to hound hunting. 

In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his first experiences…hunting bear both ways. 

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Temperatures are dropping, and as we move closer to winter many species are migrating south.  

  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the different ways birds make the trip.

My mom always used to tell me that hummingbirds traveled south for the winter riding on the backs of Canada geese.  While this is a charming and compelling tale, the fact is that these little birds migrate the same way all other birds do – they fly. 

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With the fall season officially upon us…many people may be experiencing some bittersweet feelings about the transition towards winter.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his reflections on the end of a relatively cool season…that he argues shouldn’t be considered a summer at all.    

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In the years I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources, one of the most common tales I hear repeated involves dropping rattlesnakes from helicopters to control turkey populations. Some of you are convinced this happens; others frankly find the idea absurd. However, I have to field this question, or accusation, a few times every year, so I thought I would explore the topic in further detail.

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Deer season is drawing nearer, and that means hunters will have to face a variety of changes in the way the state is managing deer.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about one of the key changes – the creation of county deer advisory councils.

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We are wrapping up brood observation time at the DNR. Each year since 1970, DNR employees have been writing down all the game bird broods they see in the course of their day-to-day tasks for ten weeks each summer. 

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Next, DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the woodpecker that doesn't act like a woodpecker...

Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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As many people work to put in their gardens this time of year, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz is gardening with particular goals in mind.  As part of his ongoing series Wildlife Matters, Holtz reflects on gardening for wildlife.  

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