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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors : wildlife May 25, 2017

Bird Fest Celebration in Three Lakes weekend of June 2 and 3
The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes will host the fifth annual Bird Fest celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bat disease takes its toll
A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin according to winter hibernacula surveys.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mercer Bird Festival held June 10
The Mercer Bird Festival will take place Saturday, June 10 at various locations.

On-site activities, including live bird education and displays and a bird house contest, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carow Park.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Return of the swallows
A tree swallow flies over a cattail covered wetland in search of insects on Saturday, April 8, at the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area in Manitowish Waters.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Frozen diner
A muskrat re-enters Lake Minocqua after eating a meal on the edge of the ice earlier this month near the Aqua Bowl in Minocqua.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Fish hawk
An osprey, also known as a fish hawk, heads towards its nest with a bluegill in its talons on Wednesday, April 12, in Arbor Vitae.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Hanson talks native plants with Nicolet Bird Club
At a recent Nicolet Bird Club meeting in Three Lakes last week, Brent Hanson of Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander discussed various native plants which can be planted to attract birds. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 31, 2017

Eagle and osprey surveys document record numbers of nests
Good news for Wisconsin's bald eagles and the people who love to watch them: a record number of occupied nests were observed in spring surveys, signifying the states largest population since surveys started in the 1970s, according to the 2016 Bald Eagle and Osprey Survey Report released recently.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Northwoods almanac
Swimming eagle

I recently saw a video of a bald eagle swimming to shore, rowing with its wings quite effortlessly while carrying a large fish in its talons. This is an uncommon but not rare sight in the Northwoods, and I've believed for years that the reason eagles occasionally swim is that they're unable to release prey from their talons unless they can push against something solid. An eagle thus is resigned to swimming to shore if it latches onto too large a fish and it get can't airborne.

Turns out I've been wrong. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Night for Wildlife highlights services of Northwoods Wildlife Center
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is known to many as the rescuers of various species of birds and animals in the area. At the end of last month, the public was invited to A Night for Wildlife, a presentation of the efforts of the center. Attendees were able to get a feel for what it takes to "rehabilitate hundreds of wildlife patients, educate thousands and contribute to critical wildlife and habitat research," according to the press release sent out before the event. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 14, 2016

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