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Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : outdoors : wildlife June 26, 2017

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate an increase in breeding grouse
Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed in spring 2017 showed statewide drumming activity increased 17 percent from 2016, based on data collected to monitor breeding grouse activity.
Friday, June 23, 2017


Heavy rains fuel safety reminder for water conditions
Recent storms packing torrential downpours have fueled floods and strong fast currents, prompting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to remind the public to think safety when planning water trips by first checking local conditions and to always wear a life jacket on the water.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Roadside Pollinator Program going strong in Three Lakes
Interest in pollinators and creating pollinator gardens has become stronger in recent years as more evidence shows declining populations of many species of bees and butterflies pollinating the plants from which we harvest food. As habitat for pollinators decreases, population numbers continue to as well. For that reason, many have shown interest in pollinator gardens. These gardens are created specifically to attract pollinators. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

Fish like a girl
Recently the Department of Natural Resources updated its wolf population estimates, which show populations around the state are still rising. With the rise in wolves has also come a rise in indemnification for attacks on livestock, pets and hunting dogs. In 2016, the DNR reported just over $200,000 was paid out due to depredation and injury to those animals by wolves. So far, only halfway through 2017, that number has already climbed over the $196,000 mark. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 16, 2017

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month
Not only is June a glorious month to explore the richness of Oneida County's natural resources, work in the garden, and observe wildlife, but June is also Invasive Species Awareness Month. Anyone who spends time outside is affected by invasive species. Increasing public awareness and empowering citizens to take simple steps to help prevent the introduction and spread of terrestrial, aquatic and wetland invasive species is more critical than ever before.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Admired from afar
Joe Steinhage was able to capture a photo of this magnificent loon sitting on a nest on Two Sisters Lake recently. His 48X zoom camera allowed him to capture the photo while still staying a safe distance away.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Invite pollinators into your yard
Now that we can finally get into our gardens after a cold, rainy spring, secretary Ben Brancel of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says we should keep our pollinators in mind.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Northwoods Wildlife Center successfully releases loon, hawk
On April 26, the Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) was called to assist a common loon found on the south side of Highway 2 near Hurley. The loon apparently mistook the road for a waterway and landed there, effectively stranding it. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 2, 2017

Canine distemper confirmed in multiple counties
State wildlife health officials have confirmed canine distemper has been identified in raccoons, gray foxes and skunks which were submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for testing from Vilas, Kenosha and Racine counties. Examination and testing of animals collected from Ashland, Oneida, Portage, and Adams counties are still pending.
Friday, June 2, 2017

The buzz about bees
Sonny from Sonny Bees Honey Farm will give a presentation at the Presque Isle Community Library at 1 p.m. on June 7. Sonny will discuss how a honey beehive fits together, how bees find pollen and prepare for winter, how to harvest honey and how to dress for beekeeping. Recipes, honey to taste and tea and cookies will also be available. Join to discover the amazing world of honeybees and beekeeping. This is a free program and questions are welcome.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Submit turtle crossing reports to the DNR
With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are once again asking citizens to submit observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Marsh hawk
An adult male northern harrier, AKA a marsh hawk, hovers low over the Powell Marsh in search of prey on Sunday, May 7 in Manitowish Waters.
Friday, May 26, 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

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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