MADISON -- The 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 is revised on an annual basis. This 2017 revision will serve to include new no and low impact activities, consolidate activities within similar habitat types and revise reporting requirements.
MADISON -- Dedicated catch and release anglers know there's little that equals the joy of releasing a healthy musky, northern pike or even a walleye with the hope that it will spawn again and perhaps provide excitement for another angler. - - But what if the fish is really big - possibly one for the record books?
- - - POYNETTE, Wis. - Free guided tours of the sugar bush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to boil the sap down in the "sugar shack" to make syrup are among the fun-filled activities planned at the annual Maple Syrup Festival at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. The educational event for families will be held Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. - - Boiling sap down to syrup in the sugar shack is one of the demonstrations at the MacKenzie Center's Maple Fest.Photo Credit: DNR - - The festival also features interpretative talks about how some Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup as well as current methods used in the MacKenzie sugar bush.
Five-year effort aims to address Lac Vieux Desert walleye decline - - LAND O' LAKES, Wis. -- Two public meetings, set for April 4 and 6, are being held in Vilas County to gather public input on a multi-agency plan to address declining walleye numbers in Lac Vieux Desert. - - The 4,300 acre flowage, which straddles the Wisconsin-Michigan border near Land O'Lakes in northeastern Vilas County, has experienced a dramatic decline in walleye abundance and recruitment over the past decade. Steve Gilbert, Woodruff area fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said little natural reproduction has occurred in the last 10 years, leaving adult walleye densities at the lowest level since recent record keeping began in 1990.
MADISON - Students in grades 9 through 12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish, will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps. - - The 2018 stamp year contests aim to get a new generation hooked on Wisconsin's world-class fishing traditions while highlighting fisheries management efforts that will benefit anglers for years to come.
MADISON - To protect oak trees and help prevent oak wilt, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises people to avoid pruning oaks on their property from April through July. - - Spring and early summer pruning makes oak trees vulnerable to oak wilt, a fatal fungal disease. Any tree damage during this time creates an opening that exposes live tree tissue and provides an opportunity for the oak wilt fungus to infect the tree.
Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale March 20 - - - - MADISON -- Hunters who plan to purchase a leftover permit or successfully drew a spring turkey permit and are interested in getting an additional permit as they anxiously awaiting heading into the woods have a number of helpful resources available to help them prepare for the hunt. - - Tagging, transport and possession- if you leave it, tag it! - - Hunters must validate the carcass tag immediately with a confirmation number and the date and time of kill. This validated carcass tag must be attached to the turkey before leaving the carcass unattended. - For tag species such as wild turkey, in 2017 hunters must again possess their carcass tags while hunting. Upon killing a turkey, hunters must immediately validate the carcass tag by writing the date and circling AM or PM in the space provided. No hunter may leave the turkey carcass unless the validated carcass tag has been attached to it.
Program offers expanded opportunities for landowners to get involved MADISON -- Landowners in Marinette, Oneida and St. Croix counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. - - If you interested in learning more about Wisconsin's wildlife, enroll your property in Snapshot Wisconsin and get a firsthand look at what is in your backyard.Photo Credit: DNR - - Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to and learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.
- - MADISON -- With cold weather and snowfall nearing an end, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their ears for the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey. - - Volunteers will get to know Gray tree frogs (and many other frog and toad species) well through the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey. Photo Credit: J. Rowe - - Volunteers will get to know Gray tree frogs (and many other frog and toad species) well through the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey. J. Rowe photo
ASHLAND, Wis. -- Throughout Wisconsin, bald eagles are sprucing up their nests, red-tailed hawks are pairing up, and great horned owls are already sitting on eggs. For Wisconsin's earliest breeding species, daily sightings are already being documented for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II (exit DNR). - - Bald eagles are returning to nest sites.Photo Credit: Pam Campbell - - "Mild winter weather and the early return of some migrants, like geese, cranes, and blackbirds, have many birders anxious for spring and the start of nesting season," says Ryan Brady, DNR wildlife biologist and science coordinator for the atlas survey. "The atlas is a great way to put that eagerness to work for birds and the places they call home."
MADISON - The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes has joined forces with Department of Natural Resources staff to manage Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program. - - Members of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes and Department of Natural Resources staff are working together to enhance Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County.Photo Credit: DNR - - Members of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes and Department of Natural Resources staff are working together to enhance Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County.
- - MADISON -- Individuals, community and school groups, conservation organizations and local governments that enlist volunteers to gather critical information regarding Wisconsin plants, animals, waters and other natural resources are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 to help fund these monitoring activities. - - Partnership Program volunteers conduct bird monitoring in Zeloski Marsh. Photo Credit: Rock River Coalition - - The Natural Heritage Conservation program has provided Partnership Program funds to volunteer monitoring projects since 2004 and has provided more than $1 million in support to 241 high priority natural resource monitoring projects in Wisconsin. This program provides important services through increased data collection capacity, citizen engagement, and significant cost savings; partner organizations typically contribute $3 in matching funds and donated time for every $1 the state provides toward the projects.
- MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources staff uses a number of tools to reach Wisconsin's citizens. While these outlets give DNR staff an opportunity to interact directly with the public, they also let visitors to these pages share stories and experiences with others from all over the world. - - Share photos, tag friends, and interact with DNR staff on our Facebook page
Go Wild system offers many ways to enjoy Wisconsin's wild side - - MADISON - If you like to hunt, fish, boat or just get outdoors and enjoy Wisconsin's wild side, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages you to visit GoWild.Wi.Gov. - - Licenses and permits for hunting, fishing, trapping and more go on sale Wednesday, March 8, through DNR's Go Wild system, an online portal dedicated to the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by sound management of Wisconsin's natural resources.
Fish from initial year of Wisconsin Walleye Initiative reaching harvest size this year - - - - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stocked a record number of extended growth walleye fingerlings in key Wisconsin waters in 2016, even as fish from the initial year of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative are expected to begin reaching harvest size this year. - - In all, 797,815 of the 6- to 8-inch extended growth walleye were stocked in 150 Wisconsin waterbodies in 2016, up from the 760,969 fish stocked in 133 waters in 2015, said Dave Giehtbrock, DNR fisheries culture section chief. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2017-2019 biennial budget continues funding the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative at current levels for both years.
MADISON -- Public hearings in March will provide the public with an opportunity to offer feedback on the proposed Wisconsin fall waterfowl hunting season structure. - - Proposed 2017 migratory bird season structure and daily bag limits will be the subject of March public meetings throughout Wisconsin.Photo Credit: DNR - - The public input process for establishing the 2017 waterfowl hunting seasons is slightly different from previous years due to a decision by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to set season structures using data from the prior year. Through this new process, hunters will know waterfowl hunting season dates by late April, rather than late August as in years past.
- - - MADISON -- A new deer metrics system provides a unique opportunity for people to take a detailed look at how County Deer Advisory Councils and the Department of Natural Resources work together with the public to manage Wisconsin's deer herd. - - "DNR staff created a system that provides the public and County Deer Advisory Councils with a fast and easy method of learning about their deer management unit and the factors that influence management decisions," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist.
MADISON -Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 10-12 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet water rivers, learn how to stay safe on the water and purchase Wisconsin State Park admission stickers by visiting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources displays in the exhibit hall and lobby. Visitors also will be able to pick up a free paddle guide to state natural areas they can explore by canoe and kayak, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes. - - Head to Canoecopia March 10-12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and get ready for another great year of paddling and camping.Photo Credit: Wis. Dept. of Tourism - - Canoecopia, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, is the largest paddle sports consumer event in the world, and includes more than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing and more than 140 seminars, speakers and clinics. Ticket prices are $15 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass - visitors ages 17 and receive free admission. Show hours are as follows:
MADISON -- Two Wisconsin communities will benefit from Department of Natural Resources brownfields awards to help investigate contamination at two former manufacturing properties, soon to be destined for new life. - - In Oshkosh, the Housing Authority seeks to convert the former Waite Grass Rug Factory into new housing, parking, daycare and office space. In Stoughton, the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority wants to clean up the former Millfab Holley Moulding property, getting that site ready for redevelopment.
- - MADISON - Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 20, 2017 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 27, 2017.