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4/30/2014 11:51:00 AM
Outdoor Briefs

Shiitake mushroom workshop at Kemp Station

Back for the third year. Join Drs. Scott Bowe and Glen Stanosz (UW-Madison Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology) for an introduction to shiitake mushroom cultivation on Saturday, May 17, 10 am, at the Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff. Green thumb not required.

This hands-on demonstration will begin with a discussion of the life cycle of shiitake mushrooms. Did you know that shiitake mushrooms grow on logs? See a demonstration how hardwood logs are prepared, inoculated, and cared for to grow these delicious mushrooms. Come ready to work,

Participants will be asked to form an assembly line to prepare and inoculate logs that can be taken home at the end of the session. You will have an opportunity to perform each step in the shiitake process so you will have the skills to build your own mushroom garden. 

Mushroom samples will be served after the seminar to reward your efforts. Registration is required and limited to 15. An afternoon session will be added if there is adequate interest. There is no fee for this session.

To register, contact Karla at kortman@wisc.edu or 715-358-5667.


Interactive map shows locations of fish species

Anglers and fish enthusiasts alike can now see where their favorite fish species have been found using an interactive DNR research tool that shows results from fish surveys dating as far back as 130 years.

The online fish mapping tool lets anyone search the more than 160 fish species found in Wisconsin by either county or habitat types. Data points on the map are pinpointed by GPS coordinates and show the kinds of fish species were found during a given research outing.

“What’s great about the fish map tool is you can see the big picture of where different species are found in the state,” John Lyons, fisheries research scientist, says. “It also lets you zoom in on specific bodies of water so you can see what kinds of fish are found in your favorite local lakes.”

The tool offers a fun interactive application for anglers and there is a tutorial video on the fish map website explaining how to use the map and along with terminology.

The fish map tool was created in partnership with the US Geological Survey Center for Integrated Data Analytics and is used by DNR researchers to study long-term trends for fish populations in Wisconsin. To use the map, visit https://cida.usgs.gov/wdnr_fishmap/map/.


Free fish cookbook now available online

Anglers can start the 2014 fishing season off by trying a new recipe for preparing the fish they catch. DNR’s new “Healthy Dishes with Wisconsin Fishes” cookbook is now available online for downloading.

The cookbook illustrates the wide variety of Wisconsin fish species that can be eaten – gar on the half-shell, anyone? – and features recipes submitted by Wisconsin anglers and chefs.

The cookbook also highlights species and recipes that maximize health benefits while reducing health risks of eating fish, and passes along helpful tips for fileting northern pike, suckers and redhorse to remove the “Y” bones.

Download the cookbook at:



Science On Tap: Mining, Metal and the Penokee Range

Discover the major issues that surround the proposed mining in the Penokee Range. Join UW researchers on a day-long trip from Minocqua to the Penokee range area. Planned destinations include the Bad River watershed and other areas of interest. Moderate hiking required.

The field trip, Mining in the Penokee Range, will take place Friday, June 6, beginning a 8 a.m. (anticipated return at 4 p.m.).

Participants will leave from Campanile Center for the Arts, 131 Milwaukee Street, Minocqua.

During the bus trip, UW-Madison scientists Tim Kratz ’75, Ph.D ’81, and Tom Steele M.S. ’83, Ph.D ’95, will lead discussions about the history of settlement in northern Wisconsin and issues related to water quality. Joining them to talk about geological formations will be Tom Fitz of Northland College and Cyrus Hester of the Chippewa’s Bad River Band.

The cost is $25 and includes a box lunch and bus transportation to Copper Falls State Park, the Bad River watershed and Mt. Whittlesey.

 The field trip will take place rain or shine. No cancellations after May 30. For more information, contact Tim Kratz at tkkratz@wisc.edu or Hank Roessel at hroessel@hotmail.com


International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Celebrate birds at the fourth annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Perkinstown Winter Sports Area near Medford on Saturday, May 10, from 6 a.m to 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Why Birds Matter.”

The celebration starts at 6 a.m. with a guided bird watching walk. Two additional walks will follow – another bird walk at 7:30 a.m. and a wildflower/bird walk at 9 a.m.

Activities throughout the day include geocaching, a scavenger hunt, a bird hurdles game for children and adults, and a variety of crafts for children. Presentations will help you learn how to select binoculars and how to identify birds by sight and sound, provide information on bird feeders and bird houses, and take a look at the services, such as insect control, pollination, seed dispersal, and rodent control, that birds provide.

New this year is an afternoon guided bird watching tour by bus of the Miller Dam area. The bus is being sponsored by the Miller Dam Lake Association.

All activities are free and both children and adults are invited. Lunch will be available on site. For more information and a complete schedule, go to the Chequamegon Bird Club website, www.chequamegonbirdclub.org, email info@chequamegonbirdclub.org, or call 715-748-3160.

The Bird Day Celebration is hosted by the Chequamegon Bird Club. Major supporters include the Taylor County Sportsman’s Club and the Taylor County Tourism Committee. 


Share your wild adventures

Big buck? Big fish? Did something interesting happen out on the lake or in the woods or even your own back yard? Share your pictures and/or story with us. 

For pictures, include your first and last name, town you reside in, size of the catch, location (you can be vague if you want to protect a secret spot) and date to: The Lakeland Times, ATTN: Outdoors, P.O. Box 790, Minocqua 54548 or email us at outdoors@lakelandtimes.com. Include a phone number for questions we may have and an SASE for photos to be returned.

If you’d like to share a story of your adventure, email outdoors@lakelandtimes.com or cturk@lakelandtimes.com and include a phone number with your information.


Outdoors Calendar

Saturday, May 3

Fishing season opener: The general inland fishing opens. The season runs through March 1, 2015.

Women’s learn to shoot: 10 a.m.-noon. The Minocqua Gun Club will sponsor a women’s “learn to shoot” clinic at the Minocqua Gun Club. Cost is $15. Bring your own 12 or 20 gauge shotgun or rent one from the club for $5. To reserve a spot, email the MGC at gunclubminocqua@gmail.com.


Wednesday, May 7

Turkey hunt: Spring turkey hunting, period D, opens. The period runs through Tuesday, May 13.

Brown Bag Lunch – hummingbirds: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Minocqua Public Library, 415 Menomonie Street, Minocqua. Join North Lakeland Discovery Center staff for a free lunchtime program (starting at noon). Everyone is invited to bring their sack lunch (light snacks and coffee provided by the library). Part of the Center’s Brown Bag Program, this month learn about the life cycle, biology, migratory feat and amazing adaptations of the hummingbird. Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.

Lyme disease presentation: 12:30 p.m., Rhinelander YMCA. “Lyme Disease – The Signs and Symptoms – How To Have Fun Outdoors and Be Safe Living With Ticks.”

Hunters safety course: 5 p.m sign up, 5:30 p.m. class starts. Eight weeks beginning May 7. Open to all ages. No charge. Sponsored by the Minocqua Gun Club. Sign up today! Call 715-358-3476 or email gunclubminocqua@gmail.com.


Friday, May 9-Saturday, May 10

Tenth annual Birding Festival: North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Birding enthusiasts are invited to join the beautiful Northwoods during the peak of spring migration. Field trips, workshops, live bird banding and more starting Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome reception and bird photography presentation and continues on Saturday with field trips to local birding hot spots, banding demonstrations, keynote presentation, and other presentations. Registration is $50 ($40/members and $20/students and youth under 18). Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Tuesday, May 13

Acoustic bat monitoring training: 5-7 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Learn how to be a part of the monitoring team and conduct surveys on your property. Volunteers of all ages welcome. Free, but pre-registration is required. Information: 715-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.



Thursday, May 15

Wildlife-based recreation: 5-7 p.m., North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Highway W, Manitowish Waters. Explore why wildlife viewing draws people to live, recreate and visit Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The field of wildlife-based recreation explores this growing area of interest as well as what it means to wildlife, humans and the natural resources of our region. $10/members; $13/non-members. Part of the Nibbles ‘n Knowledge program series. Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.


Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18

Chamber annual walleye tournament: Headquartered at the Presque Isle Community Center, 8306 School Loop Road, Presque Isle. Starts Friday with registration and orientation 10-11 a.m. Fishing on five lakes in Presque Isle Friday noon-8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 7-11 a.m. Cash prizes and fish fry lunch included. $25 individual entry fee. Information: 715-686-2910; 888-835-6508; or www.presqueisle.com.


Saturday, May 17

Canoeing and Birding Paddle: 8-9:30 a.m., Allequash Lake, Allequash Lake Road, Boulder Junction. Join a Discovery Center naturalist-guide for an opportunity to view eagles, catch warbler migration in full swing and more. Pre-registration required. $12/members; $15/non-members (BYO boat and paddle or equipment rental available). Information: 877-543-2085 or www.discoverycenter.net.

Flatwater canoeing for beginners: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk. Learn the basics of canoeing. This program is ideal for families and kids age 10 and older. Equipment and guided instruction is provided. Register by May 9 online at www.uwsp.edu/treehaven or call 715-453-4106.


Tuesday, May 20

Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop: 1-3:30 p.m., second floor Boardroom, 415 Menominee St., Minocqua (above the library). Email msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us to reserve a spot.


Saturday, May 24

Lions Kids Fishing Contest: Held on all the lakes in Presque Isle starting sunrise, May 24 and ending sunset Sept. 1. Register fish at Up North Sport & Gifts, 8293 Main Street, Presque Isle. Information: 715-686-2636.


Sunday, May 25

Classic Sled Roundup: 7 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Germain Community Park, Highway 70 and Highway 155, St. Germain. Enjoy vintage and antique sled shows and swap. Music and food all day. Judging and awards at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Arctic Cat, Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minn. Information: 715-542-4463 or www.snowmobilehalloffame.com.


If you’d like to include an upcoming outdoor event in our Outdoor Calendar: Email your information to: cturk@lakelandtimes.com, stop by The Lakeland Times office, or mail your information to The Lakeland Times, ATTN: Outdoors, P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548.

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