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DNR biologist Zach Woiak, front, and DNR fisheries supervisor John Kubisiak demonstrate to students of the Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at Kemp Station how to pull in a fyke net.
Jacob Friede/Lakeland Times DNR biologist Zach Woiak, front, and DNR fisheries supervisor John Kubisiak demonstrate to students of the Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at Kemp Station how to pull in a fyke net.
Friday, May 24, 2019 7:29 AM
No one is having a more wild time at camp this summer than the University of Wisconsin-Madison students currently staying at Kemp Station south of Woodruff. They are taking a two week Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at the research center on the shores of Lake Tomahawk where they will eat, sleep, and breathe on the wild side. That’s because the campus is carved out of a quiet piece of quintessential Northwoods. (subscriber access)
  • Recently the Wisconsin bat Program put out their 2020 bat report. The report said there are more than 200 bat hibernacula in the state. Those sites include natural caves, historic mines, beer aging cellars and abandoned rail tunnels. (subscriber access)
  • Northwoods Wildlife Center hosts 2020 Wildlife Baby Shower
    As spring approaches, the wildlife community awakens, babies are born and migrating birds will return. This is the busiest time for the Northwoods Wildlife Center. 
  • Turtle could not wait for spring
    Charlie Nemcek is very good with “wild critters,” according to his mom Christy Seidel. (subscriber access)
  • Pat Goggin of UW-Extension Lakes recently gave a presentation on native plants for Science on Tap. (subscriber access)
  • Bear eagle
    An American bald eagle perches on a branch overlooking an open area of the Bear River on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Lac du Flambeau.
  • Fish Like a Girl: We all have a favorite field guide
    I am like a kid in a candy store when I have a new field guide. I love them, and there are so many of them out there. Enthusiasts can find field guides dedicated to plants, animals, insects, fish and any other thing, truly, that may be of interest. (subscriber access)
  • Northwoods Wildlife Center announces photo contest winners
    More than 250 people attended the Northwoods Wildlife Center 14th annual Photo Gala on Feb. 22 at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua. 
  • Webinar focuses on pollinators
    This week the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative put on a webinar entitled Planning a Native Plant Garden to Help Pollinators. It was attended by almost 180 people during the lunch hour on Monday. Presenters of the webinar were Brenna Jones of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Paul Skawinski of the UW-Extension and Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter and Shannon Davis-Fourt of UW-Oshkosh and Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. (subscriber access)
  • I should have written this column a month ago, since February 2 was World Wetlands Day. The topic is also timely because the Oneida County Board on February 18 voted to reduce the setback for grading near wetlands from 15 feet to 5 feet. (subscriber access)
  • Snapshot WI volunteers expect the unexpected
    Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen-based monitoring program that has rolled out across the state in the last several years. Volunteers with at least 10 acres of land, or access to 10 acres of private land, are invited to host a trail camera, provided by the DNR, on their land. (subscriber access)
  • Science on Tap looks at parasites in freshwater ecosystems
    Dr. Dan Preston, a faculty member of the forest and wildlife ecology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently spoke with those attending and watching the Science on Tap presentation entitled Parasites in Freshwater Ecosystems.

    While most people, upon hearing the word “parasite,” think negative thoughts, he said, such as ticks and Lyme disease, there are parasites that may be actually desirable in some instances. (subscriber access)
  • Find Your Adventure: apply for the 2020 elk hunt starting March 1
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will accept applications for the 2020 elk hunting tags March 1 — May 31. This fall marks the third elk hunt in state history.
  • Northwoods Land Trust acquires Sack Lake property
    Old growth forests are important for many reasons, but they are becoming fewer and smaller. Old growth forests contain genetic pools of trees that are disease resistant and hearty. Bird and animal species, too, depend on old growth forests. Biological diversity of songbirds and birds of prey, as well as many mammals, are protected by these forests. Old growth forests are defined as those containing stands of trees older than a 125-year average age. (subscriber access)
  • Invader Crusader nominations now open
    The annual Invader Crusader Awards are coming soon with applications being accepted. The deadline to nominate someone is Monday, March 23. The awards honor those who contribute to the prevention, control and eradication of invasive species and look to protect Wisconsin’s wetlands, waters and lands from invasive species. (subscriber access)
  • Scholarship opportunities are open now for high school graduates and those high school students graduating in 2020 who will be pursuing degrees in the field of fisheries and wildlife conservation. College students are eligible to apply for the scholarship as well, provided they are already studying in one of those areas. (subscriber access)
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