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Groups continue CWD conversation

Left to right: Larry Bonde of the Conservation Congress, DNR Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs, NRB member Greg Kazmierski, and Tami Ryan, current DNR wildlife director, provide background on CWD efforts in Wisconsin during a Sept. 3 meeting in Madison. (Photo by Tim Eisele)The Wisconsin DNR, Conservation Congress, and Natural Resources Board held a joint press conference Tuesday, Sept. 3 to…

Wisconsin woodland owners have new opportunity to talk to professional forester

Jim and Katie Leonhard, Driftless Region landowners, valued advice they received from professionals with My Wisconsin Woods. (Photo by Tim Eisele)The My Wisconsin Woods program, previously offered by the Aldo Leopold Foundation in southwest Wisconsin, is now available statewide. This program is geared especially for landowners who have never had a forester out to their land before. Landowners can go…

Free CWD seminar open to the public

(Photo by Tim Eisele)“If you don’t have it, you don’t want it.” “Buy time and pay for science.” You might have heard those words if you have attended recent meetings on chronic wasting disease (CWD). They are the favorite mantras of Doug Duren, a landowner from Cazenovia in Richland County. Duren serves on the County Deer Advisory Council and is the…

Day of free food, music and tours aimed at celebrating outdoor community in Wisconsin

During the last two years, since moving its world headquarters from Middleton to Barneveld in Iowa County, Vortex Optics has held a free block party for anyone who wants to attend. Three of the company’s main product lines are binoculars, rifle scopes and rangefinders. Because the Vortex Optics headquarters here is not set up as a retail outlet, this celebration…

Listen to nature’s sounds and decipher the meanings

These prairie flowers, shooting stars, release pollen from a bumblebee buzzing. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Most animal sounds, usually called vocalizations and regardless of origin, carry meanings. Sometimes they are calls to others of their kind, attracting mates, sounding alarms, finding food, and in some cases acquiring food. Insects are common pollinators, which are attracted to a plant offering something including…

CNR students put their efforts into research projects

Marissa Kaminski (r) won the Todd P. Eisele Memorial Scholarship for 2019. Kaminski is studying waterfowl management. On the left is Mike Eisele, co-funder of the scholarship. (Photo by Tim Eisele)Anybody who attended college several decades ago would find it amazing to see what today’s students are doing. That is particularly true at the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources…

Spring fish and game hearings: Sportsmen again support conservation

Question No. 16, which overwhelmingly passed, 5,120 to 2,488, asked if residents would favor reducing the daily walleye bag limit from five to three (only one could be a sauger or hybrid) on the Lake Winnebago system in Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties. (billMARCHEL.com)On April 8, the DNR and Conservation Congres…