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February 25, 2018

Feeding birds in winter keeps wildlife viewing alive
Wildlife viewing opportunities do not necessarily decrease during the winter months, but we tend to stay inside more, so the likelihood of seeing a great wealth of animals goes down. Many people take to feeding the birds in the winter as a way to keep viewing wildlife, even on the coldest of days. This is also helpful for the birds, who need a great deal of food to stay healthy throughout those cold winter months. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 29, 2017

AIS Snapshot Day looks for new invasives
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Snapshot Day started out a few years ago as Bridge AIS Snapshot Day. The idea was to take a close look at bridges over rivers in the county to check for new or undocumented invasive species. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Bobcat harvest quota to increase for the 2017-18 season
Friday, August 4, 2017

Local teacher-leaders learn to use Fab Lab equipment to save endangered bats
Ten teacher-leaders representing the Florence, Rhinelander, and Three Lakes school districts recently teamed up to learn to use Fab Lab equipment in ways that might help save endangered bats.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Northwoods Wildlife Center releases three red foxes
Three red foxes were admitted to The Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) in late May from Florence County. The patron observed two adult foxes which had passed on the roadway, assumed hit by car during the same week.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Contributed photograph Stop to smell the flowers
Fred Bergman and his grandchildren Aaron and Allison saw these three deer near Johnson Lake on July 17. They named the trio Ears, Chewy and Itchy.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Sweet songbird
A male yellow warbler sings a sweet song on Saturday, July 1, among the thickets of the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in Manitowish Waters.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Pollination time
A tiger swallowtail butterfly descends towards a cluster of orange hawkweed in Lac du Flambeau.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Wisconsin wolf count analyzed
For the eighth year, I reviewed in detail the tracking data from this year's wolf count. The wolf count is conducted each year from December through mid-April, when the wolf population is at its lowest point. The count consists of data from tracking collars and on-the-ground counts by volunteers and the Department of Natural Resources. Public reports are also used.
Friday, June 30, 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

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