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Local bat research project receives 'Wings Across the Americas' award
Bats may seem of little consequence to some, but they are in fact an important part of the food web. They are also economically important to farmers and agriculture across the country. Sadly, many species of bats are now in danger of being decimated by a fungal disease known as white nose syndrome (WNS). This fungus grows on hibernating bats and can kill large masses of the small, winged animals fairly rapidly. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

Fishing for Dollars draws anglers to Three Lakes
Fishing in Three Lakes is getting an exciting twist. That twist is called Fishing for Dollars and is sponsored by the Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Association and the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The contest is open from May 30 through Sept. 5, 2016.

One hundred fish have been tagged and released into the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. They are fish of all sizes and species.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Citizen resolutions from the spring hearings draw attention
As many people know, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings were April 11. In those hearings, citizens from each county were allowed to put forth their own resolutions and to voice their opinions about changes in natural resource management they would like to see throughout the state. This is the beginning of a process in an attempt to make those citizen resolutions into binding Department of Natural Resources regulations. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 29, 2016

From a deer farmer's perspective
There is no science behind double fencing deer farms helping slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). And there is no science behind the claim that deer farms are a source of CWD.

In fact, the science shows it is most likely the few farm-raised deer that are contracting CWD are getting it from wild deer in their area.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lake where you live: Loon nests
What makes the ultimate Northwoods lake? Wooded shorelines and sandy beaches. Crystal clear water. Natural populations of walleyes and muskies, for sure.

But even with all that, something essential can be missing: A nesting pair of loons can be a lake's crown jewels. Nothing completes the lake experience like a loon nest somewhere along shore, and later a downy loon chick paddling beside or riding on the back of its mother. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fish like a GIRL: Cold water requires extra precautions
As anglers, we all understand that just about anything can happen on the water. Every year, people take an unexpected trip out of a boat and get wet. We never expect it to happen, but it can truly happen to anyone. If you are a good swimmer and it's the middle of summer, maybe it's just an inconvenience. But at this time of year, it can turn dangerous and even deadly in a big hurry. Cold water requires a few extra precautions. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring hearings results are in
Statewide, over 4,300 people attended the Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings held April 11 in every county in the state. A reported 108 people in Oneida County attended and filled out their ballots. In Vilas County, that number was 89, with 21 people attending in Iron County and 19 attending in Forest County, according to the DNR website. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Where's walleye? Major tagging project aims to find out
Where do walleye go to grow and do they prefer their natal streams when it's time to spawn?

A major research effort by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Michigan DNR intends to learn more about the walleye and their movements to aid in management of the sought-after species.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Learn how to plant an interesting and hardy garden
Remember last spring at the garden center where you found those beautiful plants that had just the right colors you wanted in your garden? You just knew they would look so wonderful in that particular spot in the garden, but a few weeks later that plant looked very unhappy and it was not thriving at all. Where did you go wrong? (subscriber access)
Friday, April 22, 2016

Lake where you live: Walleye Spawn
These days on our lakes, under cover of darkness, there plays out a ritual of great biological and cultural importance.

On your lake it might happen tonight, or next week, or it might have happened already: walleyes are moving into the shallows to spawn. When it happens is mainly a question of water temperature - the "sweet spot" is 45 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Latest DNR 'Ask the Experts' chat focuses on citizen science
Human beings are naturally curious about their surroundings. We wonder at the world around us and many want to become more involved. Citizen science projects are a way to do just that.

In last week's "Ask the Experts" chat, the DNR focused on different citizen science projects that are ongoing throughout the state. These projects are a great way to get involved in monitoring and reporting on the natural resources we all enjoy across the state of Wisconsin. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 22, 2016

They're back
Ospreys have been seen returning to the area in the past few weeks, such as this one on Stag Lake in Woodboro.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Migratory birds are coming back to the area
According to the All About Birds website, there are more than 650 species of birds in North America, and over half of them are migratory. Many area residents may have been starting to feel bad for the migratory birds coming back to northern Wisconsin. There were days upon days of snowy weather, covering the ground and, seemingly, deleting most food sources for those small songbirds who came back north looking for food and nesting habitat. It may have seemed especially cruel after the early warm weather we had this spring, but truly, the return of the more seasonable, colder weather, may have been a good thing for many returning species. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 15, 2016

Smoke from prescribed burn a healthy sign of spring
Starting mid-April and continuing until early June, fire crews with specialized equipment from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will assemble to safely ignite prescribed fires that will restore and improve wildlife habitat while reducing the risks of wild fires in three counties across northwestern Wisconsin.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Friends of the NRA banquet set for April 23
The Rhinelander Friends of the NRA will hold its 2016 banquet on Saturday, April 23 at the Northwoods Banquet Center in Rhinelander. There is limited space available and registration is only $45. The Friends of the NRA is a national non-profit organization with local volunteers. They are dedicated to raising funds to support the future of shooting sports.

The banquet will start at 5 p.m. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring boat maintenance starts the season off right
Once the weather starts to warm and the ice starts to break up on the lakes, boats start to come out of storage. While most anglers and boaters take winterizing their crafts seriously, some forget all about spring maintenance. According to Boat US, every boater should take some time to take a look at their boat before hitting the water for the first time. The recommend checking over the motor, electrical system, hull and trailer before heading out the first time. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 15, 2016

Fish like a girl: 2016 spring hearings in Oneida County drew a good crowd, but youth presence still lacking
The Conservation Congress spring hearings were held Monday night in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. The Oneida County hearing was held at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Approximately 70 people stayed for the entire meeting, with many others simply filling out their ballots and leaving before or during the meeting. While it would have been nice to see more people there, I think the turnout was decent. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 15, 2016

The lake where you live: The ways of bluegills
What angler doesn't enjoy catching bluegills? And what angler doesn't treasure the flavor of bluegills, pan-fried or deep-fried, bones-in (my preference) or fileted?

The trouble is that bluegills, while probably as abundant as ever, are getting smaller over time in Wisconsin. That's according to Wisconsin DNR research scientist Andrew Rypel, who gave a talk on increasing sustainability of panfish at the 2016 Wisconsin Lakes Convention last month. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 15, 2016

What are CWD transmission studies telling us?
It is known that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) can spread from animal to animal and also from environment to animal. Several studies have been undertaken to discover how this disease can travel and if it is fully understood, exactly how this disease is transmitted and how it can move from one location to another.

These studies have focused on predators and scavengers as possible transmission vehicles. While CWD affects only cervids, it has been found that other animals may be carriers of the disease.

Friday, April 8, 2016

In an ongoing effort to understand walleye population densities in lakes in the ceded territory, The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) will be conducting surveys on several area lakes shortly after the ice comes off.

Biologists will collect data on walleye length, age, sex and abundance within the 1837 and 1842 treated ceded territories in a three state are on behalf of its member tribes. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 8, 2016


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