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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
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Public meeting set for Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape regional master plan

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
Public comment period open through July 11FLORENCE, Wis. - The public has an opportunity through an upcoming open house, office hours, and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' regional master planning process for properties located in the Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape. This landscape encompasses portions of Florence, Marinette, Oconto, Menominee, and Shawano counties. - - A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wis. Admin. Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties. Under the regional master planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin, distinct areas of the state that present different ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate a decrease in breeding grouse -

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
MADISON - Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed this spring showed statewide drumming activity decreased 34 percent between 2017 and 2018; while this decline does not follow the generally predictable grouse population cycle, the 2018 drumming observations do fall within the normal range of variability of the grouse cycle. - - Ruffed grousePhoto credit: Kevin FeindThe survey results showed a 34 percent decrease statewide over 2017 levels. The down turn was seen in both the central (-29 percent) and northern (-38 percent) forest regions of the state. These two areas comprise the primary grouse range in Wisconsin. While the decreases in the southwest (-14 percent) part of the state were smaller by percentage, and an increase in the southeast was observed, these areas are not within the primary range for grouse. The drumming activity in southwestern and southeastern Wisconsin are at or near historic lows, and likely would not significantly add to grouse abundance in the state.

Invasive Species Month gets a new name and focus

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
Moves from Awareness to Action; Invader Crusader Award Winners Announced - - - - MADISON - After 15 years, Invasive Species Awareness Month is getting a new name and focus: Wisconsin Invasive Species Action Month. - - "Now that many Wisconsin residents and visitors are aware of the problems with invasive species, the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council has changed the name and focus of the month to move people from awareness to action," says Tom Buechel, the council's chair.

Entries sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
MADISON -- Wisconsinites with an artistic talent are reminded that they have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - - 2018 Wild Turkey Stamp by Robert Leum of Holmen

DNR webinar set to clarify implementation of Act 183

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a webinar on June 26 at 2 p.m. as part of the implementation of a new law that effects projects impacting some Wisconsin wetlands. The law, Act 183, will go into effect on July 1 and establishes permit exemptions on placing fill material in certain types of wetlands. The webinar will explain the exemptions and help to clarify the process for claiming an exemption. - - "Exemptions apply to certain types of nonfederal and artificial wetlands, but it can be challenging to determine the type of wetland you're dealing with," said Robert Rosenberger, Watershed Management Deputy Program director.

DNR makes it easier to address water quality in agriculture

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - MADISON - A new Water Quality Conservation General Permit will streamline the regulatory process for government agencies that address water quality concerns in agricultural settings. - - The Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and county land conservation departments in Wisconsin finalized the permit that includes, but is not limited to, grassed waterways, filter strips, lined waterways, grade stabilization structures, stream crossings, and water and sediment control basins.

Try your hand at hunting through the Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - BABCOCK, Wis. - Anyone with an interest in trying out a new hobby in the outdoors is encouraged to apply by June 30 for a Learn to Hunt Deer course at Sandhill Wildlife Area. - - Sandhill's Learn to Hunt Deer course emphasizes important lessons taught in hunter's safety with hands-on instruction, teaches valuable lessons through a workshop, and ends with a mentored deer hunt for participants.

Data collected during the 2017-18 winter tracking reveal overwinter minimum wolf count of 905-944 in Wisconsin

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - MADISON - Following continued monitoring efforts, data suggest that Wisconsin's wolf population may have begun to stabilize and remains above established recovery goals. - - Data collected by over 100 volunteer trackers and Department of Natural Resources staff during the 2017-18 winter reveal an overwinter minimum wolf count of 905-944 wolves [PDF], a 2.2 percent decrease from the 925-956 wolves detected during the 2016-17 count [PDF]. The number of packs detected increased slightly, from 232 packs last year to 238 this past winter. Wisconsin's wolf population had been increasing consistently over the past 25 years.

Natural Resources Board approves 2018 deer harvest quotas and season structure

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved the 2018 antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels and deer hunting season framework at its May 23 meeting in Madison. - - 2018 Deer Season Structure (click image for larger size PDF)Photo credit: DNR - - The 2018 deer season framework represents the efforts of the County Deer Advisory Councils to move the deer herd in each county toward a three-year population objective of increasing, maintaining or decreasing the herd. This is the councils' fourth year developing deer management recommendations that consider both scientific herd metrics and public feedback. This year, the public submitted over 7,000 comment forms online during the April 2-12 public comment period in addition to input provided directly at council meetings.

Take 2-hour training to learn to identify Karner blue butterflies and their habitat

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
Rare butterflies in flight now; help protect and monitor their populations - - - - MADISON - Wisconsin has more Karner blue butterflies than any other place in the world and volunteers can attend training this June to help collect information about this federally endangered butterfly and its habitat to help advance recovery efforts, state endangered species officials say. - - Karner blue butterflies look similar to some other blue butterflies. See how to tell them apart; pictured here is a female. Photo credit: Mickey Kienitz - - "Our goal is to train volunteers to be able to identify Karner Blue butterflies so they can help us collect information from the state as a whole," says Chelsea Gunther, DNR Karner blue butterfly recovery coordinator. "We've only been able to survey the largest known occupied sites over the years, so expanding our capacity to collect information on areas where we're not sure if Karners are still present will improve our data and give us a better statewide picture."

Share the land - enroll in Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program before Aug. 1

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - - - MADISON - Landowners are encouraged to share the land through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive program. Landowners can earn extra income in exchange for opening their land on a short-term basis to low-impact recreation such as hunting, fishing and trapping and wildlife observation. - - Over 175 landowners are currently providing access to 33,000 acres of habitat on 229 properties for outdoor recreators to enjoy.

Application period for Wisconsin elk hunt ends May 31

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the opportunity to apply for a tag to participate in Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history taking place this fall, ends Thursday, May 31. - - Check out this Facebook Live segment with DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang to learn more about this once in a lifetime hunting opportunity. - - "Interest in the hunt has been high and very positive," said DNR deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Everyone has the same odds of drawing a tag, and we encourage anyone with an interest to get their application in to be one of five lucky state hunters to have an opportunity to hunt elk in Wisonsin."

Slinger High School student wins 2019 state park sticker design contest

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - A pair of hiking boots hitting the trail by Slinger High School sophomore Rory Macha, is the winning design for the 2019 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. - - 2019 Wisconsin State Park design contest winner by Rory Macha.Photo credit: Rory Macha - - "This design is a great fit for the Wisconsin State Park System's new OutWiGo initiative that encourages people to hit Wisconsin's thousands of miles of trails and encourages everyone to improve their overall health and wellness by getting out and active in the outdoors," said Ben Bergey, Wisconsin State Park System director.

Pope and Young Club to hold archery rendezvous at MacKenzie Center June 8-10

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
- - MADISON - The 2018 Pope and Young Club Bowhunters Rendezvous opens on June 8 at the MacKenzie Center in Poynette, Wisconsin. - - The Rendezvous will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 8 and run through 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, and is a family-oriented bowhunters' shooting event and social gathering suitable for all ages and skill levels. The Rendezvous is open to the public, and onsite registration and walk-ins are welcome.

Time to report turtle sightings and turtle road crossings

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
- - Information aids turtle survival and protection - - MADISON - With turtle nesting season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are asking citizens to submit their turtle sightings, with an emphasis on road crossing hot spots, to DNR's Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. - - Turtle crossing hotspots 2018Photo credit: DNR - - "Citizen reports in past years have been very important for turtle conservation," says Andrew Badje, who coordinates the turtle conservation program for the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau.

Safe Boating Week: Life Jackets - Worth Your Life Every Week

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
- - MADISON -- Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joins boating safety advocates who have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent life jacket wear each time boaters are on the water. - - Always wear your lifejacket.Photo credit: DNR - - "What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if you end up in the water," DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller said. "Always wear a life jacket, it is the best decision you can make for your safety while enjoying a day out on the water."

More than 100 miles of improved trout habitat added to online Trout Tool

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
Partnerships with fishing clubs, local governments benefit fish and anglers - - MADISON - More than 400 projects improving trout habitat on more than 100 miles of streams are now easier for inland anglers to find and fish. - - The project locations and details have been added to the Department of Natural Resources' online T.R.O.U.T. tool, giving anglers a ready resource to help guide them to stream segments where fish populations and angler access are benefitting from the projects, says Joanna Griffin, Department of Natural Resources trout team coordinator.

Veteran fish biologist and musky whisperer shares his musky fishing tips

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
Sleep in, and don't skip the figure 8! - - - - LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for a quarter-century and working in fisheries management for the state since 1999. Based in La Crosse, he shares his secrets to success in landing the state's official fish as anglers ready for the Saturday, May 26, opening of the northern musky zone. - - Jordan Weeks has been fishing muskellunge in Wisconsin for 24 years and caught and released this beauty in northern Wisconsin. Photo credit: Peter Moe - - Get ready for the chase

Drain and clean in between to stop invasive species and protect Wisconsin's waters

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
MADISON - Draining live wells, bait buckets and bilges before leaving a boat launch or fishing access to move on to another one is the message to anglers for the statewide Drain Campaign on June 1-3, 2018. Water left behind can transport fish diseases and aquatic invasive species between lakes, rivers and streams. - - This year, it's easier than ever to bring the message to new fishermen of all ages as the Drain Campaign coincides with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend, June 2-3.

Bird lovers encouraged to help Great Wisconsin Birdathon reach its high-flying goal in 2018

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:38pm
- - MADISON - As Wisconsin's bird migration peaks, bird watchers ranging from Mr. Dargatz's kindergarten class in Sussex to a trio of hard-core birders seeking to find 200 bird species in a single day are fanning out across Wisconsin's wetlands, forests, grasslands and school yards to help the birds they love. - - Millennial Falcons birding in 2017 Great Wisconsin Birdathon.Photo credit: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin - - They are participating in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (exit DNR) to raise money for bird conservation. The event is like a walkathon for birds: participating teams tally as many bird species as possible in a day while collecting pledges and donations.