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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 25 weeks 2 days ago

Focus on safety for a successful spring turkey season

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
MADISON -- Approximately 80,000 hunters will be heading to the field for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season, with the first season starting April 19. - - The first step in a successful turkey hunt is making sure you have a safe turkey hunt. Photo Credit: DNR - - Jon King, conservation warden and hunter education administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says there are two key factors needed for safe turkey hunting.
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Landowners encouraged to look for and control garlic mustard

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:58
MADISON - Early spring is the best time to check gardens, yards and woodlands for garlic mustard and take measures to control this rapidly spreading invasive plant, state invasive plant experts say. - - "It's important to control garlic mustard in early spring before the plants flower," says Kelly Kearns, an invasive plant specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. "Preventing the introduction of seeds and regular scouting are the keys to keeping uninfested yards and woodlands free of garlic mustard or other invasive plants."
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Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2017

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:18
MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail, recreation area or wildlife property during the ninth annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state. - - This year there are 31 properties holding events, up from 28 in 2016. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 21, 22, 29 and May 6.
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DNR wildlife biologists team up with volunteers to complete spring and summer wildlife surveys

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:18
MADISON -- Spring weather has finally arrived, and Department of Natural Resources biologists and cooperating volunteers are hard at work in the field to monitor Wisconsin's wildlife. - - - - DNR staff and voluteers complete spring and summer surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, and frogs, and many other species.Photo Credit: DNR - - DNR staff and voluteers complete spring and summer surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, and frogs, and many other species.
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New native plant list helps landowners boost wildlife habitat

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:18
MADISON - Wisconsin landowners who want to boost wildlife habitat on their property -- whether a city lot or hundreds of acres -- have a new resource to help them choose native plants that can thrive where they live, benefit a wide variety of wildlife and promote water quality. - - Adding even just a few native plants to your property, like this cardinal flower, can help boost habitat for wildlife. Photo Credit: USFWS - - - - "Wisconsin's Native Plants: Recommendations for landscaping and natural community restoration," [PDF] was developed by Amy Staffen and Lucas Olson, conservation biologists with the Department of Natural Resources, to help people boost habitat on their property by adding native plants that have historically thrived and evolved in the area where they live.
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Recycling old electronics during spring cleaning gives gadgets new life

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:18
State residents have recycled nearly 250 million pounds of electronics since 2010 - - MADISON - Now that spring is finally arriving across Wisconsin, many people are emptying basements, cleaning out closets and finding new homes for clutter that accumulated over the winter. For many state residents, that includes unused electronics like computers, cell phones or TVs. - - - - While it may be tempting to toss old cell phones in the trash or haul an outdated TV to the curb, state law bans most electronics from Wisconsin's landfills and incinerators. Instead, residents can use E-Cycle Wisconsin to recycle electronics at nearly 400 locations around the state.
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Adopt a Wildlife Area helps Wisconsin Waterfowl Association volunteers receive valuable training -

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:18
MADISON -- Wisconsin Waterfowl Association volunteers received valuable training to assist Department of Natural Resources staff with management efforts at Rome Pond Wildlife Area through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program. - - WWA volunteers, including TJ Schnulle, Todd Berger, Brent Berger, Greg Tubbs, Tom Seibert, Don Guenther, Ron Churchill, Anne Churchill, and Kevin Banaszak received chainsaw training from a certified instructor to help with management efforts at Rome Pond Wildlife Area.Photo Credit: DNR - - As part of the training, volunteers from Jefferson, Waukesha and West Bend received instruction in proper chainsaw use and techniques. Following training, brush and willow removal took place near the north launch of Rome Pond.
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2017 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife rules hearing set for April 10

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
Hearings and Conservation Congress meetings held in each county of the state - - MADISON - Hearings that offer citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to help guide natural resource management in Wisconsin get underway in all 72 Wisconsin counties [PDF] at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. - - The spring fish and wildlife hearings are held in conjunction with annual county Conservation Congress meetings and feature nonbinding votes and testimony on proposed rule changes as well as advisory topics relating to fish and wildlife management. The spring hearing questionnaire [PDF] and details on all county meeting locations can be found by searching the Department of Natural Resources website for keywords "spring hearings."
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County Deer Advisory Councils to finalize 2017 deer season recommendations at April meetings

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
Preliminary CDAC recommendations open for public review and comment through April 13 - - - - MADISON -- Preliminary recommendations developed by each County Deer Advisory Council at their March meetings are now available for public review and comment. - - To provide feedback, use the online survey tool found on the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, searching keyword "CDAC." The survey is open through April 13, and all results will be provided to council members prior to April meetings.
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Make final preparations now to ensure a great spring turkey hunt -

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
MADISON -- The 2017 spring turkey hunt is almost here, and hunters are reminded to check out the regulations and other helpful information on the Department of Natural Resources website to make sure they are ready for another year in the woods. - - Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2016 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2016 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2017 Spring Turkey Regulations [PDF]. For more general information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "turkey."
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Skamania steelhead will add to diverse fishery in Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
MADISON -- As they begin to swim up and gulp down their first few meals after hatching, the young Skamania steelhead at Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery are making important progress toward Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources goals of ensuring a diverse Lake Michigan fishery. - - The fish, hatched from eggs provided by the state of Indiana as part of cooperative interstate management efforts, represent the first batch of Skamania steelhead to be reared in the state hatchery system since 2008. Over the next three to five years, DNR fisheries managers intend to continue collecting eggs from Indiana to stock the Kewaunee and Root rivers with some 35,000 fish each.
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Keep Wildlife Wild, enjoy view of wildlife from afar

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
MADISON -- Get out the binoculars! There's excitement in Wisconsin's woods, fields and backyards as young wild animals emerge, making spring a fun time to observe wildlife from a distance. - - Dianne Robinson, a Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist who chairs a multi-agency Keep Wildlife Wild committee, reminds observers to watch the fun of the young animals from afar.
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First bald eagle nest documented in Kenosha County -

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
Discovery means 70 of 72 counties have active nests - - MADISON -- Kenosha County has its first documented active bald eagle nest in 45 years of surveying, bringing to 70 the number of Wisconsin counties where the nation's symbol has made a comeback. - - The discovery leaves Milwaukee and Walworth counties as the only remaining counties with no confirmed active bald eagle nests, but conservation biologists believe it is only a matter of time before the nation's symbol sets up housekeeping there too.
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Natural Resources Board to meet April 12 in Madison

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
MADISON - A proposed emergency board order to set the 2017 Wisconsin waterfowl season structure and bag limits is among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets April 12 in Madison. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison. Some board members will be participating in the meeting via conference call.
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Three new members inducted into Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame -

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
Long-time Natural Resources Board member Christine Thomas among inductees - - STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dean of the College of Natural Resources who served for 11 years on the state Natural Resources Board is among three new members who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this year. - - Christine ThomasContributed photo - - Christine Thomas, along with Hugh Iltis, a distinguished UW-Madison professor of botany, and Milly Zantow, a pioneering recycling advocate for Wisconsin, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
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Foundation Field Trips are front and center in April issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:25
- - MADISON - Just in time for spring, the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is packed with information about the state's beautiful outdoors areas - and great ways to enjoy them. - - - - Anchoring the April issue is a story highlighting some of the many field trips organized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "Unleash your wild side" includes trip dates and details, plus information on how to register for the excursions designed to accommodate a variety of interests and age groups.
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April public comment period will provide opportunity to give feedback regarding preliminary antlerless harvest quota recommendations

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:37
MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils have released their preliminary deer antlerless quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2017 deer hunting season., A public comment period will be open from April 3 - 13 to collect feedback on the preliminary recommendations. - - To provide your feedback and to learn more about County Deer Advisory Councils, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."
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State National Archery in the Schools Program tournament to be held in Wisconsin Dells

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:37
MADISON - About 1,600 of Wisconsin's youth archers are set to gather this weekend to aim for top honors at the 2017 Wisconsin National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Wisconsin Dells. - - The annual event is scheduled for March 31 - April 1 at the Woodside Convention and Expo center in Wisconsin Dells.
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DNR, UW faculty, Walleyes for Tomorrow join forces to study value of Green Bay fishery

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:37
GREEN BAY -- Starting Saturday, anglers who fish in Green Bay will be asked to participate in a new study designed to calculate the social, recreational and economic impact of the region's fishery. - - Given the area's world-class walleye fishing, Great Lakes spotted musky population, whitefish, bass, yellow perch, trout and salmon opportunities, the impact is significant. Green Bay represents a key destination for the 178,000 in-state and out-of-state anglers who participate in Wisconsin's Great Lakes sportfishing each year.
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Building bat houses now can aid bats that survive white-nose syndrome

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:37
MADISON - People can help bats that survive white-nose syndrome this winter by building a bat house where they can raise their young during summer months. - - Stacy Schumacher of Madison builds a bat house. Wisconsin residents, Girl and Boy Scouts, conservation club members and volunteers have stepped up to build hundreds of bat houses in recent years.Photo Credit: Heather Kaarakka - - "Bats surviving white-nose syndrome need all the help they can get to raise their young and help rebuild populations," said Heather Kaarakka, a Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist who works with Wisconsin's bat populations for the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau.
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