Wildlife Matters

Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Reflections on a Successful, and Educational, Bear Harvest

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz freshens the bait.
Credit Submitted photo

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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Wildlife Matters
4:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Migrating Birds Take Flight in Fall

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are just some of the many birds that head south for the winter.
Credit Dick Daniels

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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Cool Weather in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seasonal Reflections: "Spummer" Is a Bummer

Credit US Forest Service

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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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Is It Raining Rattlesnakes? Debunking a Myth of Turkey Control

Credit Kristie Gianopulos / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_turkey#mediaviewer/File:Baby_turkey_in_FL.jpg

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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Wildlife Matters
4:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Getting Involved in Deer Management

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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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Wildlife Matters
12:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Summer is Counting Time for Game Bird Species

Credit Kristie Gianopulos / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_turkey#mediaviewer/File:Baby_turkey_in_FL.jpg

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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Wildlife Matters
11:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Woodpecker That Rarely Pecks Wood

Northern flickers are in the woodpecker family, but they act quite differently than many woodpeckers.
Credit Dick Daniels / http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Northern_Flicker_male_Yellow-shafted_RWD.jpg

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

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit 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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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
11:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gardening for Rain and Wildlife

Rain gardens slow down runoff and help water seep into the ground.
Credit Rogersoh via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rain_garden.jpg

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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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

It's Tick Time And That Means Be Ready

Tick season is upon us.
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Next, in his continuing outdoor series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about what makes ticks tick, and how you can keep yourself from having the same problem is favorite dog happened to contract.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. Listen again for "Wildlife Matters".

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