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Wildlife Alerts and Information

Wisconsin Bat Festival flies in to Ashland Aug. 25

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- - - Free event features live bats, science presentations and demos, family activities and more - - - - ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Bat Festival is moving north this Aug. 25, giving Northwoods residents and visitors a chance to see live bats up close, learn about them through science presentations and displays, and enjoy a host of family friendly activities aimed at demystifying this flying mammal and staple of Halloween celebrations. - - The festival is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G, Ashland. The event is sponsored by the visitor center, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Bayfield County Tourism.

- Still time to enter the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 2018 Photo Contest - winning photos will be used in the 2019 Wisconsin state parks calendar

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- - The 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar will be featured in December as part of the Winter 2018 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine - - - MADISON - There is still time for people who love to take photos at Wisconsin State Park System Properties to enter their favorite photographs in a contest to be included in the 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, Aug. 31, 2018. - - Again in 2019, in addition to being available for purchase, the calendar will also be distributed to more than 80,000 subscribers of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December 2018 issue.

Lake sturgeon exhibit opening set for Aug. 10 at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- WILD ROSE, Wis. - Celebrate lake sturgeon, Wisconsin's largest and longest-lived fish, and the people who have revered and protected this ancient species at an Aug. 10 unveiling of a new display at the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery Education Center. - - The event is free and open to the public and it runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the hatchery education center, N5871 State Road 22, in Wild Rose, Wis. Welcoming remarks are set to begin at 2:15 p.m., featuring Department of Natural Resources, Menominee Tribe, and Sturgeon for Tomorrow officials; light refreshments will be served.

Annual Volunteer-based Deer Survey to Begin August 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:45pm
- MADISON -- Operation Deer Watch is an annual, volunteer-based wildlife monitoring survey that gives Wisconsin residents a great opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts. - - Data from this survey provide insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2018 and help shape deer management for the state. To get involved, people should record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from August 1 to September 30. Volunteers can track their daily observations using an online tally sheet found at, keyword "deer watch."

Anglers reel in a stringer of fish records so far in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:16pm
Mother breaks daughter's fish record but keeps it in the family - - MADISON -- Brenda Carter is the state's newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: she broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter. - - "You never plan to catch something that big," she says. "It's a gift.

The fish record that got away

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:16pm
- - - Every angler has a story about the one that got awayMADISON - Damon Chandler's story - and potential state record - slipped away in the final minutes of a saga that stretched over several days last week. After quite a fight, the retired U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman landed what he thought was a monster yellow bullhead while fishing July 14 just above the Dells dam on the Wisconsin River. - - "(it was) A whale," Chandler says. "It was huge. Fortunately, I had on 100-pound test line on there and a nonbreakable pole. He bent that bad boy half-way down."

August 1 deadline approaches for furbearer trapping and hunting seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:16pm
- MADISON- Aug. 1 is an important deadline for trappers and hunters who wish to pursue bobcat, fisher and river otter this fall. - - Permit applications for fall trapping seasons can be purchased for $3 ($6 for bobcat applications) online at, at Department of Natural Resources service centers, and at all license agents.

Racine to use DNR brownfield assessment funds to aid uptown redevelopment

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:16pm
- - MADISON - Efforts to assess possible contamination at a decades-old industrial site in Racine's uptown area will get a boost with a recently issued brownfields grant from the Department of Natural Resources. - - Racine netted $20K in contractor services to help assess this old brownfield industrial site in the city's uptown area. Photo credit: DNR - - The award comes from the DNR Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM) program, and will provide for contractor services worth approximately $20,000. The work will help the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Racine (RDA) assess possible contamination, leading to a potential cleanup and eventual reuse of the site.

Fall webworms start making an appearance

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:55pm
- - MADISON--Web-like nests of fall webworm caterpillars, a common native pest active from July through September in Wisconsin, are beginning to appear in parts of the state. - - "Fall webworms are rarely large enough to cause lasting damage to trees, but the presence of nests and feeding damage from caterpillars can greatly affect how the tree looks," says Todd Lanigan, forest health specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Aug. 1 deadline looms for Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Drawing

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:55pm
- OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2019 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license or purchase a preference point to be used in future drawings. - - - - Benjamin Berger's 2018 opening day fish weighing 155.6 pounds and measuring 75.6 inches. This is the heaviest fish harvested from the Winnebago System since the 2014 spearing season. Applications for the 2018 upriver lakes season must be purchased by Aug. 1.

Spring turkey harvest sees 10 percent decline from 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - - MADISON - Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 38,885 birds during the 2018 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, a 10 percent decrease from the spring 2017 season.Weather this spring played a significant role in the decreased harvest numbers. With much of the state covered in snow at the beginning of the season, we saw a steep decline in the number of turkeys registered during the Youth Hunt and Period A. The remaining time periods had similar harvest to last year, with a slight decline in Period F when record high temperatures were recorded throughout the state. - - With much of the state covered in snow at the beginning of the season, there were steep declines in early season harvests.Photo credit: Jerry Davis"Unfortunately, turkey hunters experienced less-than-ideal conditions during the Youth Hunt and first period," said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We saw declines in hunter participation in all zones early in the season, so it appears many were deterred by late winter weather that impacted the state."

Biologists ask paddlers, anglers and others to photograph and report freshwater mussels

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - MADISON - With high water levels receding on many streams and rivers, state conservation biologists are now encouraging paddlers, anglers, and other water lovers to take a few minutes to help protect some of the most important yet least known members of Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems: native freshwater mussels. - - A new video shows how volunteers can help Wisconsin's native mussels by searching for and reporting the species they find. Photo credit: DNR - - A new video shows volunteers how to search shorelines or shallow water for freshwater mussels native to Wisconsin and known by such colorful names as white heelsplitter, fatmucket, Wabash pigtoe, abd flutedshell. Volunteers are asked to photograph the mussels they collect and return live mussels to the water, then report that information to DNR's Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program.

Bird conservation collaborative celebrates 15 years of progress, hatches a new strategic plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - MADISON - A coalition of 180 Wisconsin organizations dedicated to conserving birds is celebrating 15 years of accomplishments, unveiling a new strategic plan to guide the next five years, and digging deeper into declining populations of purple martins, chimney swifts, whip-poor-wills, and other insect-eating birds. - - Purple martin.Photo credit: Jack BartholmaiChimney swifts emerging from a chimney. - - The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (exit DNR) has accomplished great things for Wisconsin's birds," says Craig Thompson, a Department of Natural Resources section chief and bird expert leading DNR involvement in the collaboration.

Blue-green algae bloom season is here

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
Webinar about the health risks to be held July 16MADISON -- Heavy rains and high temperature are fueling the growth of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in water bodies around the state, so the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Health Services are teaming up to present an informational webinar about the health risks of blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale it, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae. - - The webinar will take place July 16 at noon. Participants can log on to learn more about blue-green algae and its health effects, how to differentiate blue-green algae from other algae, and ways to stay safe this summer when spending time on the water. People may participate through the DNR media website.

Recycling Excellence Award nominations now open

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting nominations for the 2018 Recycling Excellence Awards until Aug. 31. - - Communities and organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for recognition of recent recycling initiatives. The DNR offers the Recycling Excellence Awards not only in recognition of efforts made but also as a way of highlighting ideas with proven track records that communities might use to improve their recycling endeavors.

Spring waterfowl survey results show good breeding numbers and quality habitat conditions

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's 2018 spring waterfowl population surveys indicate stable to increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs as well as relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across most of the state. - - "Overall, we saw fewer numbers of birds than the 2017 estimates; however, we did see an increase in the Mallard population estimate and stable estimates for wood ducks and Canada geese," said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. "We continue to be at or above the long-term average for all but blue-winged teal."

First case of chronic wasting disease reported for Marinette County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
MADISON - Due to the detection of chronic wasting disease in a captive white-tailed deer, Marinette County is now listed as a CWD-affected county and a baiting and feeding prohibition is in effect. This represents Marinette County's first known occurrence of the disease. - - Florence County is within a 10-mile radius of the breeding farm on which this positive deer was found. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. As of July, baiting and feeding of deer will be prohibited in 43 Wisconsin counties including the additions of Marinette and Florence.

Wisconsin's Great Waters Photo Contest 2018 winners announced

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
- - - MADISON - Nine photographers earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' tenth annual "Wisconsin's Great Waters" photography contest. - - "Dawn at Cave Point"Photo credit: Michael Knapstein - - Their photos will be featured in the 16-month calendar that the DNR Office of Great Waters produces each year. A new video highlights all the winning photos. Details about the contest, along with all of this year's contest entries, can be found on the Office of Great Waters page of the DNR website.

Comments sought on proposal to add more electric campsites at Mirror Lake State Park

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
Public comment period open through July 17 - - BARABOO, Wis. -- Ensuring all campers can continue to be accommodated at Mirror Lake State Park is the goal of a master plan variance open for public review and input. The proposed variance will allow park managers greater flexibility in deciding where campsites with electricity can be added and keep all land management at Mirror Lake State Park under its current classification. - - The park has experienced an increase in visitors who desire sites with electricity but has not always been able to accommodate them. Master plans that specify the number of electrical sites allowed in each campground at the park have limited the ability of park managers to meet these visitor's needs.