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DNR biologist Zach Woiak, front, and DNR fisheries supervisor John Kubisiak demonstrate to students of the Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at Kemp Station how to pull in a fyke net.
Jacob Friede/Lakeland Times DNR biologist Zach Woiak, front, and DNR fisheries supervisor John Kubisiak demonstrate to students of the Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at Kemp Station how to pull in a fyke net.
Friday, May 24, 2019 7:29 AM
No one is having a more wild time at camp this summer than the University of Wisconsin-Madison students currently staying at Kemp Station south of Woodruff. They are taking a two week Wildlife Ecology Summer Field Course at the research center on the shores of Lake Tomahawk where they will eat, sleep, and breathe on the wild side. That’s because the campus is carved out of a quiet piece of quintessential Northwoods. (subscriber access)
  • Science on Tap look at animals ‘From Beaver to Bear’
    Recently Department of Natural Resources wildlife research team leader Dave McFarland gave a Science on Tap presentation entitled, “From Beaver to Bear — Wisconsin DNR’s Wildlife Research Program in the Northwoods. He spoke about a variety of research programs the DNR is currently undertaking and the strength of having an organization the size of the DNR to complete those projects. (subscriber access)
  • NRB hears bear, raccoon rule changes
    Last month’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting brought approval of some rule change packages that have been in the works for several months. One of those was some rule changes needed in conjunction with the 2019-2029 bear management plan. (subscriber access)
  • Vilas County forestry takes up 15-year plan
    The Vilas County Forestry, Recreation and Land Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 7, discussed initial drafting of a new, 15-year comprehensive plan. 

    More precisely, the discussion centered around land designation categories within county forest land. (subscriber access)
  • 16th annual NYDHC banquet a rewarding experience
    The deer harvest was down this year across the state and especially up north, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of 170 youth hunters who participated in this year’s Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge (NYDHC). (subscriber access)
  • FeU presents ‘Furbearers of Wisconsin: Diversity, Trapping & Management’
    While here in the Northwoods, study of large predators like wolves and bears command attention, the diverse population of smaller fur-bearing animals has taken a back seat. Fe University presents a short, 2-day course on the small and medium-sized furbearers like fox, beaver, otter, ermine and more, “Furbearers of Wisconsin: Diversity, Trapping & Management.” 
  • Falconers from Michigan and Wisconsin pled guilty on Dec. 30, 2019 in U.S. District Court in Madison for conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act — which makes it unlawful to transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase illegally captured wildlife — according to a press release from the Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
  • In 2014, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) were established as a way to better involve the public in deer management, and they were given great responsibility. (subscriber access)
  • Northwoods Wildlife Center 2020 Photography Contest entries now being accepted
    Help wildlife in need by sharing photos for the Northwoods Wildlife Center’s 2020 Photography Contest, now accepting entries. Submit photos in six categories: North American Wildlife, Naturescapes, Bugs and Blooms, Pets, Youth Photographers (ages 17 and under), and, new this year, People in Nature. 
  • A North Lakeland Discovery Center Knowledge at Noon program, “The Incredible World of the River Otter” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Winchester Public Library.
  • Northwoods Wildlife Center 
2020 Photography Contest entries now being accepted
    Help wildlife in need by sharing photos for the Northwoods Wildlife Center’s 2020 Photography Contest, now accepting entries. Submit photos in six categories: North American Wildlife, Naturescapes, Bugs and Blooms, Pets, Youth Photographers (ages 17 and under), and, new this year, People in Nature. 
  • While here in the Northwoods, study of large predators like wolves and bears command attention, the diverse population of smaller fur-bearing animals has taken a back seat. Fe University presents a short, 2-day course on the small and medium-sized furbearers like fox, beaver, otter, ermine and more, “Furbearers of Wisconsin: Diversity, Trapping & Management.” 
  • Natural Reaction: Elk, once again, right at home in Wisconsin
    The reintroduction of elk to the state of Wisconsin is an amazing feat of wildlife management. (subscriber access)
  • Packed house for pollinators
    Pollinating insects, which are responsible for a significant portion of the fruits and vegetables that humans rely on, are in serious decline. (subscriber access)
  • The circumstances surrounding the illegal and accidental shooting of two bull elk in Rusk County on the third day of the gun deer season will not be released until after Department of Natural Resources game wardens finish their investigation and the Rusk County district attorney settles on possible charges or penalties. (subscriber access)
  • 2020-2030 Ruffed Grouse Plan gets NRB nod
    In recent years, there has been a good deal of concern among stakeholders around the declining ruffed grouse populations in Wisconsin. In fact in 2017, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress went to the Natural Resources Board (NRB), asking for help in looking into what the issues and stressors may have been to these populations. Many had come forward with concerns, and the board took action, asking the Department to come up with a plan, and to look into issues that surrounded the ruffed grouse. (subscriber access)
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