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DNR spring hearings to be held April 10
The Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings are coming up April 10. All fish and wildlife stakeholders are encouraged to participate and to attend the meeting in their county. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 31, 2017


Wisconsin Wolf Summit II featured USDA wildlife biologist David Ruid
Wolf Summit II - Focus on Wisconsin was held last weekend at the Sugar Camp town hall and an overview of the summit was published in last week's edition of The Lakeland Times. This summit was a follow-up to the summit held in Cumberland last September and showcased new presenters with a wealth of information on Wisconsin's wolf population. Due to the large amount of information presented at the summit, this is the first installment in a four-part series covering the speakers at the event. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Science on Tap: Michael Samuel presents CWD information
Michael Samuel recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, and last month, at Science on Tap, he talked with attendees about chronic wasting disease (CWD). He started studying the disease in 2002 when it started to move into Wisconsin, as it moved east from western states. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee revisits shoreland zoning
The Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Committee met last week for its regular monthly meeting.

Cathy Higley brought the committee information about an aquatic invasive species (AIS) decontamination unit that might be used on area lakes to help decontaminate boats, trailers and other equipment used in area lakes. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fish like a girl
The Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings were held on Monday, April 10. The hearings are held in April of every year and are a chance for sportsmen and women to weigh in on any number of issues related to management of the state's fish and wildlife. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

traveling trails less traveled
In this week's installment, I'm honoring the William Vernon family, originally from Evanston, Ill., who, in the 1950s, began taking annual vacations in Vilas County, which has continued to the present. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 2017

the lake where you live
A heavy thunderstorm has just blown through. The electric power, shut down for several hours, has blinked back on. There are tree branches to fetch off the roof of the garage and twigs and assorted debris to rake in the yard. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 21, 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

Boulder Junction Town Lakes Committee organizational meeting set for May
There will be an organizational meeting for the Town of Boulder Junction Lakes Committee at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. The meeting will be held in the Nordloff Room of the Boulder Junction Community Center. All Boulder Junction residents are eligible for membership, regardless of if they are a permanent or seasonal resident. Anyone interested in the area lakes is encouraged to attend.
Friday, April 21, 2017

NLDC Bird Club activities resume
The North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club will resume a full schedule of activities for 2017 beginning on May 1 with a social hour, a business meeting and a program at 7 p.m. by Scott Walter PhD, wildlife ecologist and currently the regional biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society.
Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Wisconsin waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting seasons finalized
Migratory game bird hunters in Wisconsin will have seasons for duck, geese, dove, woodcock and other migratory game birds that are nearly identical to the structure seen in 2016 under a rule approved by the state Natural Resources Board at its April 12 meeting in Madison.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Cache In Trash Out clean up event on April 22
Lakeland Disposal and Recycling LLC is sponsoring the Earth Day clean up event, Cache In Trash Out at 10 a.m. on April 22 starting at Torpy Park.
Friday, April 21, 2017

New ATV/UTV club to form
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, a meeting will be held at the Granary Restaurant in Boulder Junction to form a new ATV/UTV Club.
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

Lake groups from northern counties meet June 9
"Doing the Right Thing for Our Lakes and Rivers" is the theme for a meeting of lake group leaders and members from seven northern Wisconsin counties on Friday, June 9.
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

Spring classes through FeU include spring flora and field ornithology
Fe University presents two spring classes beginning in May, "Spring Flora of the Northwoods" with John Bates and Mary Burns and "Field Ornithology, Regional Birds," with Joan Elias and Dick Verch. Spring Flora will be offered for three days, May 15, 16, 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mercer and Field Ornithology will be offered for 4 Wednesdays, May 17 through June 7, 8 a.m. to noon in Hurley.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Northwoods Wildlife Center cautions public regarding canine distemper in raccoons
Now that spring has arrived, The Northwoods Wildlife Center has been receiving many wildlife calls regarding raccoons that appear to be sick and exhibiting odd behavior.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Help keep pests from bugging Wisconsin
You've heard it before, and we hate to be pests, but now that cabin and camping season is starting, remember: Don't move firewood.
Friday, April 21, 2017

March for Science in the Northwoods
A local collaboration between grassroots volunteers is planning a March for Science to take place in Minocqua on April 22. March for Science Northwoods is a satellite of the national March for Science held the same day in Washington, D.C. The local event is meant to underscore the vital role scientific research plays in our daily lives and celebrate the impact of science in Northern Wisconsin communities. Please join us in supporting science.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Mercer Library to host 'Tick Talk' May 3
The Mercer Public Library will host a "Tick Talk" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Information will be presented by Jeff and Jillayne Waite from the Waite-Kane Foundation.
Friday, April 21, 2017


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