Minnesota DNR Reports

DNR names Cynthia Osmundson to lead Nongame Wildlife Program

(Minnesota DNR)The Minnesota DNR has announced that regional wildlife manager Cynthia Osmundson will become the supervisor of the agency’s Nongame Wildlife Program, effective next month. Osmundson will replace the recently retired Carrol Henderson. The donor-supported DNR Nongame Wildlife Program works to help more than 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. Nongame wildlife are species that are not legally hunted, with…

Analysis: White Bear Lake groundwater use sustainable, but does affect lake

(Minnesota DNR)A scientific analysis recently completed by the Minnesota DNR shows that groundwater use in the White Bear Lake area meets the state sustainability standard. The analysis also shows that groundwater use in the area has contributed to lower water levels in White Bear Lake and that multi-year bans on residential irrigation will have a minimal effect on lake levels. A…

DNR: CWD testing and how to quarter and cape a deer [videos]

The Minnesota DNR has created videos on how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease, how to quarter a deer, how to cape a trophy deer and how to remove lymph nodes. “We’re informing hunters about what they can do to minimize risk to our wild deer population,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager. “There are a few changes…

Fall color change shifting into high gear

(Minnesota DNR)This week’s cool temperatures seem to have accelerated the change in colors. Parks recommended for good fall color this week are Scenic, Maplewood and Minneopa state parks. Peak fall color typically arrives in the northern one-third of the state in mid-September to early October. The central third of the state is most colorful between late September and early October….

Richfield artist wins pheasant stamp contest for third time

Artist Timothy Turenne’s first-place effort in the pheasant habitat stamp contest. Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the DNR. Turenne is a three-time winner of the pheasant stamp contest and his painting will be featured on the 2019 pheasant…

DNR: Weekly waterfowl migration report kickoff

The early September goose season was poor to fair statewide.The following report is a compilation of state and federal wildlife manager reports and waterfowl surveys from across Minnesota. This is the first report for 2018. Reports will be compiled weekly throughout the hunting season. Duck hunters were expected to see good numbers of ducks present in most areas this past…

Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia proved to be the winner in the Minnesota duck stamp contest. A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the DNR. This was Caturia’s first time winning…

Friday, Aug. 31 is Public Lands Day in Minnesota

In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day.In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day. The governor’s proclamation affirms these lands, “contribute to the state economy and are the backbone…