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Wildlife Alerts and Information

CDACs consider prolonged winter when making final recommendations for 2018 deer season

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm
MADISON - As more snow hits northern Wisconsin and local concerns rise about its impact on the deer herd, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) are wrapping up their portion of the annual antlerless harvest quota-setting process for the 2018 deer season. - - While winter 2018 will not go down in history as one of the more severe winters on record, it has stubbornly persisted, reminiscent of 2014 when ice still covered northern lakes for the spring fishing opener in May. Councils take winter data into account, and this has led several to recommend reduced antlerless harvest quotas, compared to original recommendations in March.

Admire raccoon kits from afar - mom is near!

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm
MADISON - Despite the snow on the ground, spring is here and mammals and birds are busy raising inexperienced young. - - State wildlife officials remind everyone that the best way to enjoy Wisconsin's wildlife is from a distance. Raccoon young, called kits, are born sightless but are capable of walking, climbing and running when they are 6-8 weeks old. If you see raccoon kits, their mother is likely nearby even though you don't see her.

Volunteers triple the number of rare plant populations checked

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm
One rare bloom last reported near Boscobel in 1884 MADISON - A rare, beautiful blue bloom last reported in Boscobel in 1884, a tripling in the number of rare plant populations checked on, and a decline in statewide populations of the delicate lady's slipper orchid are among discoveries made by volunteers and shared in the recently released Rare Plant Monitoring Program annual report for 2017 [PDF] (exit DNR). - - The volunteers, trained by Department of Natural Resources Rare Plant Monitoring Program coordinator Kevin Doyle, are deployed to check up on many of the 5,000 reported populations of Wisconsin's rarest plants.

Wisconsin celebrates trees and forests this week

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker issued a proclamation recognizing Friday, April 27, 2018 as Arbor Day in Wisconsin and April 22-28, 2018 as Forest Appreciation Week. Arbor Day is an annual observance celebrating the role of trees and forests in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Wisconsin has celebrated Arbor Day on the last Friday of April since 1883. - - Tree planting is fun for forest stewards of all ages - especially on Arbor Day.Photo credit: DNR - - "Wisconsin's urban and rural forests all serve a vital role in the economy, environment and culture of our local communities and the state as a whole," said Jeff Roe, urban forestry team leader at the Department of Natural Resources. "The investments by individual homeowners and forest landowners are key to ensuring Wisconsin continues to have healthy and sustainable urban and rural forests for future generations to enjoy."

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association installs nest boxes for ducks at Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:52pm
WEST BEND, Wis. - Local conservationists are making a difference for wildlife at Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area. - - Tim Thielke, Jim Freck, Al Klug and Dennis Guttman adopted Jackson Marsh through Adopt-a-Wildlife-Area.Photo credit: DNR - - On April 7, Tim Thielke, Jim Freck, Al Klug and Dennis Guttmann of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association held a work day to install six wood duck boxes and six mallard hen houses on the property.

Spring walleye fishing tips from a longtime fish manager

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:02pm
MADISON - Walleye will be high on anglers' target list when the regular fishing season opens May 5. It's a good bet many anglers will be stalking ol' marble eyes whether from a boat, shore, or they may even need tip-ups in the still frozen northern lakes. - - Steve Gilbert, a longtime fisheries manager and now a fisheries supervisor in northern Wisconsin, shares his walleye fishing tips. He displays a 27.9 inch walleye he caught on the Peshtigo River in 2016. Photo credit: contributed - - Longtime fisheries manager and supervisor Steve Gilbert shares his walleye fishing tips honed over three decades of fishing for the species and managing walleye populations in northern Wisconsin.

Hundreds of walleye waters will offer great fishing in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:02pm
MADISON - Anglers in Wisconsin will likely find far more walleye waters to fish than they'll have time to visit in 2018. - - "Walleye are found naturally in our larger lakes and rivers and Wisconsin represents the heart of North American walleye distribution," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's Fisheries Director.

Still time to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:02pm
Help Wisconsin bats and over 700 rare species and State Natural Areas - - MADISON - International Bat Appreciation Day is today, April 17, and one easy way to show appreciation for Wisconsin's native bats is to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund. - - "Donors to the Endangered Resources Fund provide critical support for Wisconsin's native species and State Natural Areas that make Wisconsin a special place," says Drew Feldkirchner, director of DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "If you didn't get a chance to donate on your Wisconsin income tax form, you can donate online at any time."

Wisconsin-grown trees and shrub seedlings still available for spring 2018 planting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:02pm
MADISON -- The Spring 2018 Reforestation Program seedling sales are still in full swing. While the weather hampered some of our harvesting efforts, we have been busy at the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel, lifting, grading and preparing seedlings for distribution to the landowners and managers of the states forestlands. - - "The seedlings grown at the state nurseries are high-quality native species grown from seed harvested in Wisconsin," Joe Vande Hey, Reforestation team leader, said. "Planting these Wisconsin-grown trees and shrubs is a great way to improve wildlife habitat, increase the value of the land, reduce soil erosion, improve overall aesthetics and possibly generate income for the landowner."

2018 revision to the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for activities with no or low impact to endangered resources in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:02pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proposes to revise the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for No and Low Impact Activities. A number of activities that have no or low impact on endangered or threatened plants and animals are covered by this broad incidental take permit and authorization. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk. - - The Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for No and Low Impact Activities was originally approved in 2013 and has been revised on an annual basis. This 2018 revision will serve to include new no and low impact activities and to update the transportation section for consistency with other sections of the permit.

Stocking of 740,000 catchable size trout underway to provide more fishing opportunities

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Stocking trucks are rolling from state fish hatcheries now and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. - - Catchable-size trout provide a variety of angling opportunities.

Ecologists ask for public's help in reporting occupied bald eagle nests in southeastern Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - State ecologists conducting aerial surveys for occupied bald eagle nests this spring are asking for the public's help in locating nests in southeastern Wisconsin. - - Bald eagles are on their nests in southern Wisconsin, including this one along the Lower Wisconsin Riverway in the Spring Green Area, and DNR aerial surveys for occupied nests are underway. Photo credit: Michael Balfanz - - The discovery last year of a bald eagle nest in Kenosha County leaves Milwaukee and Walworth counties as the only remaining counties with no confirmed active bald eagle nests, though conservation biologists believe it is only a matter of time before the nation's symbol sets up housekeeping there too.

Volunteers help keep Wisconsin's State Natural Areas pristine

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
50,000 bundles of invasive Phragmites removed at one site MADISON - Volunteers helped control invasive plants and assisted with priority land acquisitions to enlarge Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area in Kenosha County, while Madison area volunteers wrapped up six years of cutting and treating more than 50,000 bundles of invasive Phragmites at Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area. - - These are just two examples of how volunteers help care for State Natural Areas, which represent some of Wisconsin's best remaining prairies, oak savannas, wetlands and lakes and are home to 75 percent of the animal species and 90 percent of the plants listed as threatened or endangered in the state.

Madison group, volunteers from Richland Center, La Farge, Blanchardville win awards for outstanding efforts to enhance Wisconsin's natural resources

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - A Richland Center birder who has counted cranes for 35 years, a longtime Lafayette County volunteer aiding bats, birds and plants, a Madison area organization dedicated to clean lakes and a La Farge High School student promoting bat conservation have received Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Awards for their outstanding efforts in volunteer monitoring of Wisconsin's natural resources. - - "This year's award winners represent the very best of citizen-based monitoring in the state," said Eva Lewandowski, a conservation biologist who coordinates citizen-based monitoring efforts for the Department of Natural Resources' Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "We're recognizing people who not only are volunteering their time to monitor the state's natural resources, but are going even further to coordinate projects, share results, and encourage others to volunteer."

Public meetings rescheduled for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
Public comment period open through May 3ASHLAND, Wis. - Two upcoming open houses will focus on regional master planning process for properties located in three Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. These three landscapes include portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. These open houses were previously noticed but had to be rescheduled due to snow storms earlier this month. - - The properties in this planning effort are important recreation destinations. The popular Copper Falls, Big Bay, Pattison, and Amnicon Falls state parks will all have their master plans updated.

Attention anglers and artists! Enter to win Wisconsin's trout stamp contests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Artists and anglers - and those sharing both passions - are invited to submit their original artwork for the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp contests now through July 2. - - The winning art will appear on the 2019 Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the 2019 Inland Trout Stamp. More information on contest rules and the application are found online at by searching "trout stamp contest."

Turkey Donation Program provides opportunity to help families in need this spring

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Now in its second year, the Turkey Donation Program returns this spring to provide hunters with an opportunity to donate a harvested turkey to families in need. - - "This is a great opportunity for turkey hunters to participate in a sport they enjoy and at the same time provide food assistance to Wisconsin families across the state," said Noah Balgooyen, Department of Natural Resources Turkey Donation Program coordinator.

Celebrate first-time turkey hunting success by getting a free "First Turkey Certificate"

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON - To help commemorate a turkey hunter's first harvest or hunting experience, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides a free, personalized certificate available online - sign-up is easy, and can be done in a matter of minutes online. - - First-time hunters can submit a certificate by visiting and searching keyword "first certificates."

DNR wildlife biologists team up with volunteers to complete spring and summer wildlife surveys

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON - As spring weather sweeps across state wildlife biologists and cooperating volunteers are hard at work in the field to monitor Wisconsin's wildlife. - - Each spring, Department of Natural Resources staff and volunteers complete surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, frogs, and a variety of other wildlife species. Spring and summer surveys take place during all hours on designated roadside routes, and these procedures may require biologists to make frequent stops for short, pre-determined periods of time. Motorists are reminded to be aware these ongoing efforts.

Anglers reminded to keep paper copy of license on boundary and outlying waters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON -- Anglers who fish Wisconsin's boundary and outlying waters are reminded to carry a paper copy of their fishing license under law enforcement agreements with the neighboring states and federal agencies that share enforcement duties on these waters, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Todd Schaller says. - - Schaller says the reason the paper copy is required of all anglers is because other states' and federal officers with jurisdiction on these waters do not have access to Wisconsin's Go Wild or the driver's license information to confirm fishing licenses. Use this handy step-by-step guide to help you reprint your license on your own.