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  1. Master Naturalist student Katie McKiernan holds a brown thrasher that Jim Bryce just mist netted and banded in the Moquah Barrens. If another bird bander recaptures this bird all of its data can be tracked through a national database. Photo by Emily Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone introduces new Master Naturalists

    Last week, ten students, two instructors, and a dozen natural resource professionals wove together the story of Wisconsin's natural history. The students all finished the course as certified '

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  2. A Fallceon quilleri (Dodds) nymph has been identified by the Aquatic Biomonitoring Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Courtesy of Jeff Dimick

    New mayfly species identified by UWSP aquatic lab

    The recent discovery of a mayfly species in southwest Wisconsin is a positive sign for ecologically healthy streams.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  3. Local caver Gary Soule of Sturgeon Bay in front of Horseshoe Bay Cave. Heavily gated, the cave is closed in this 2012 file photo. Tina M. Gohr/Door County Advocate

    Cave plan advances to County Board

    A management plan for Horseshoe Bay Cave was approved Wednesday by the Door County Board's Airport and Parks Committee over the objection of caving enthusiasts from the Wisconsin Speleological Society.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    New mobile app informs visitors about Vilas County trails

    Visitors to Vilas County now have another tool to help them explore the county's network of recreational trails.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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    DNR outdoor report: Water levels on the rise again

    Heavy rains resulting from strong storms, including several confirmed tornadoes in southern Wisconsin, put a damper on outdoor recreation in the last week and once again have waters on the rise.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  4. Hordes of mosquitoes and other biting pests are driving deer out of woodlands at all hours of the day. This bachelor group of young bucks was seen near Lincoln last weekend. Kevin Naze/For the Kewaunee County Star-News

    Kevin Naze column: Whitetails abundant in farm county

    Whether it's the swarms of mosquitoes and biting flies chasing them from cover or the need to pack on calories after a brutal winter and cold start to spring, there appears to be no shortage of whitetails this year.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Brazilian film crew wants to shoot mayflies

    A Brazilian film crew has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for permission to shoot the annual mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
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    Native Golden Alexander is often mistaken for invasive wild parsnip, which has somewhat similar, yellowish-green flowers. Make an effort to be able to distinguish the two in order to protect native plants of our area from needless persecution. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: The parsnips and their look-alikes are a confusing bunch

    As Invasive Species Awareness Month continues, today, I take a look at a confusing group of loosely related plants that are among the most confusing of all invasive, as well as native species in our area.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  5. These hungry little beetles eat, mate and lay their eggs on purple loosestrife, weakening the invasive plant. Regional AIS Education Specialist for Golden Sands

    Volunteer beetle-ranchers raising army of bugs to fight purple loosestrife invasion

    A group of volunteers scattered across central Wisconsin has taken up a new hobby and is raising an army of defenders tasked with fighting off an invasion.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  6. New Oconto Festival aims to celebrate nature

    Cordula VanDenHeuvel wants everyone to celebrate nature.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  7. A trap is set by a wolf researcher. Steve Meurett/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Steve Meurett joins wolf researchers in the field

    'I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.' - Jodi Picoult

    • Jun. 18, 2014
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    Cana Island lighthouse by Chris Miller. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    Great Lakes Photo Contest winners announced

    Seven photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' sixth annual 'Wisconsin's Great Lakes' photography contest, which this year drew more than 500 entries.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    DNR: New guide to stream plants and wildlife available

    Wisconsin has more than 80,000 miles of streams and now there's a comprehensive, photo-packed guide unlocking the secrets of the plants, fishes, insects, frogs and reptiles that call them home.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  8. Taxidermist Mike Orthober puts the finishing touches on a scarlet tanager. Submitted

    Taxidermist to visit museum

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor will be at the Door County Historical Museum for most of the day Saturday mounting a specimen for the museum's 'Seasons of Life' display.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  9. The osprey, or fish eagle, is one of our most spectacular birds, a large, eagle-like bird of prey that feeds almost exclusively on live, freshly caught fish, which it captures by diving dramatically into open water. Photo courtesy of Patricia Fisher, New London

    Rob Zimmer column: Magnificent 'fish eagle' making a comeback along waterways

    In beautiful black and white, the long wingspan of the osprey, or fish eagle, carries the bird in a graceful dance across the horizon at High Cliff State Park.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  10. 'Lake Lessons' series opens for those likin' lichens

    Often overlooked and underappreciated, lichens are fascinating organisms that make a huge contribution to forest biomass and functioning.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Natural Resources Board to meet in Milwaukee later this month

    The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will visit Milwaukee for their June 2014 meeting. The board will take part in a day-long tour on Tuesday, June 24, and board meeting at 8:30 a.m.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Greg Karch (left) was recognized on June 5 for his work educating young anglers on aquatic invasive species. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp presented Karch with his award. Submitted by Greg Karch

    DNR: Invader Crusader Awards recognize efforts in fighting invasive species

    The 10th annual Invader Crusader award ceremony took place June 5 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Pelicans arrive along Sheboygan's shoreline

    Two or three dozen pelicans made a rare visit to North Beach on Monday morning.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Video round-up: A big cat is spotted in Janesville, paddling in Eagle River, fishing on Lake Pokegama

    Fox6Now.com reports on a Janesville woman that spotted what she believes to be a cougar near her home.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
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    Police warn Chippewa River inner-tubers

    Chippewa Falls police are urging inner-tubers not to float down the Chippewa River in the Frenchtown Annual Tube Float And Regatta, known as FATFAR.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  11. American white pelicans have made themselves right at home in the Lakeshore area and have been spotted along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Manitowoc and Two Rivers this spring. Sue Pischke/HTR Media

    Column: White pelicans are unusual birds

    The spring bird migration is starting to wind down now, with the later tropical migrants and shorebirds now showing up. There have also been a number of unusual birds on the Lakeshore — great black-backed gull, Franklin’s and laughing gulls, Bonaparte’s gulls, and the little gull, a rare European visitor. This year there have been an unusual number of little gulls seen on the lakefront.

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  12. Dragonflies use their enormous eyes to see almost 360 degrees around their head. Although the eyes can't change focus, they do have depth perception, and are extremely sensitive to motion. If you were a dragonfly, your eyes would be the size of a football helmet! Photo by Robert Hilbert of Loretta

    Blogger Emily Stone reflects on the graceful beauty of dragonflies

    Blue skies and a fresh breeze put a spring in my step as I gathered tools – hoe, rake, shovel – from the shed at the Cable Community Garden.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  13. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary curator of animals Lori Bankson is helping to rehabilitate this mother finch that was injured when it's nest along with three babies were knocked out of a tree. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Kevin Naze column: Wild times here again for Bay Beach staff

    Every spring, thousands of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are cared for at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, which houses the state's second-largest wildlife rehabilitation program.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
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    Readers share their photos of birds in Wisconsin

    The backyard paparazzi has been busy snapping and sharing dozens of photos of Wisconsin's variety of winged wildlife.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
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    Event features log rolling and other lumberjack events

    The Northwoods TimberFest will be held on June 27 to 29 at the Town of Lakewood Memorial Park in Lakewood.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  14. DNR outdoor report: Most rivers finally receding from high spring levels

    With the exception of some rain statewide last Saturday, Wisconsin has been enjoying some very nice summer weather.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  15. Gordon Lane, Briess president and chief operating officer, holds the recently hatched peregrine falcon chick. Submitted

    Peregrine falcon, osprey recently hatched

    Both the osprey and peregrine falcon populations occupy the top of the food chain and thus are important indicators of the health of their environment.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
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    In a May 23, 2014 photo provided by Linda Grenzer, a loon nests on on Muskellunge Lake in Tomahawk, Wis. Swarms of biting flies are attacking loons in northern Wisconsin this season like never before, causing the birds to abandon their nests in record numbers, according to researchers. The explosion of the black fly population just as the loons began incubating their eggs has caused more than 80 percent of the loons to abandon their nests in Vilas County and more than 70 percent of nests in Oneida County, according to the wildlife scientists who track the tuxedoed birds with the mournful cries. AP Photo/Linda Grenzer

    Biting black flies force loons to abandon nests

    Swarms of biting flies are attacking loons in northern Wisconsin this season like never before, causing the birds to abandon their nests in record numbers, according to researchers.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
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    Pelicans flock to Lake Michigan shoreline in Manitowoc

    American white pelicans have made themselves right at home along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. A flock of at least 50 pelicans were hanging out on the Manitowoc Public Utilities' raw water pump concrete house located a mile out off the Lake Michigan shoreline in June.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  16. Naturalist Emily Stone explains the monarch butterfly migration to a group of energetic students. You can see on the playing field of North America that there are bandana “flowers” for them to eat, hula hoop 'bushes' for them to find shelter in, and a row of 'milkweed' cones for laying their eggs on. Watch out for the thunderstorms, little butterflies! Photo by Deb Malesevich

    Blogger Emily Stone hosts students on a field trip

    “Did anyone read the banner on the front of the Museum as you came in?” I asked a room full of fidgety second graders. “Super insects?” offered one kid. Not quite. “Nature’s amphibians?” piped up another student.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  17. Employees from Bayshipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay rescued a large, live sturgeon from the graving dock Wednesday. Photo submitted by Tom Carow

    Sturgeon rescued at Bay Shipbuilding

    On Wednesday, after docking the tug Mary Page, Bay Shipbuilding Co. crews noticed the usual Sturgeon Bay fish population had entered the small graving dock — small mouth, brown trout, walleye, perch and carp were abundant, and then came the call,

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  18. Jim Dawalt of Waupaca cuts lumber from a log that Patrick Durkin salvaged from a dead ash tree in his yard. Patrick Durkin/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Patrick Durkin column: Ash lumber can be much more than mulch

    First they came after our firewood, saying we couldn't move it beyond our county line. Now they're coming after entire ash trees, chipping their beautiful wood into worthless mulch.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  19. Algoma's lighthouse is getting a $100,000-plus facelift by firms contracted through the U.S. Coast Guard. Workers were shoveling old concrete from the structure when this photo was taken Wednesday. Kevin Naze/For the Kewaunee County Star-News

    Kevin Naze column: Algoma lighthouse renovation is underway

    Algoma's iconic lighthouse is getting a long-awaited facelift.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
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    Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament to be held in August

    The seventh annual Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament will be held on Saturday August 9 at the Great River Landing in Onalaska. The tournament is a partnership with the Onalaska Enhancement Foundation and Onalaska Park & Recreation. The tournament is Sanctioned by the US Log Rolling Association.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  20. With throats inflated like balloons, male American toads trill as loud as a lawn mower for 4 to 20 seconds at a time. Their goal? Romance. Photo by Larry Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone serenaded by singing toads

    Intense, high-pitched trills seemed to follow me home that afternoon. The hum of my bike tires on pavement and the wind in my helmet couldn't drown them out. When I pedaled past upland areas, enjoying the warm sunshine, a brief silence would settle in. But as soon as I dipped down past a wetland again, the sound rose up from among the blooming leatherleaf, sprouting cattails, and budding water calla.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  21. The crested caracara, identified in mid-May on Washington Island, almost never ventures farther north than Texas or Florida. Photo by Margaret Young

    A rare treat for birders

    No one knows why the crested caracara decided to visit Washington Island this spring, but its decision has delighted a large flock of Wisconsin bird-watchers.

    • May 31, 2014
  22. With more than 300 miles of mainland, Peninsula and island shoreline — and hundreds of thousands of acres of water to explore — there's no shortage of spots to wet a line in Door County. These Wausau-area anglers were hoping something fishy was lurking beneath the overhanging rocks at Cave Point County Park Friday afternoon. Photos by Kevin Naze

    Kevin Naze column: Fish aren't only thing that's biting

    If you haven't been for a walk in the Door County forests on a calm morning or evening recently, you're missing a lot.

    • May 30, 2014
  23. Blogger Heather Burt explores Natural Bridge State Park

    One of the best parts of visiting Natural Bridge State Park in Sauk County is the scenic drive required to get there. No matter which direction you are coming from, you’ll find yourself on some of the prettiest back roads in southwestern Wisconsin. The occasional sharp curves in the road will make you slow down and enjoy the scenery while coasting over rolling hillsides dotted with quaint farms and miniature limestone bluffs.

    • May 30, 2014
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    New episode of the Wildernet podcast covers rock climbing in Wisconsin

    Listen to episodes of the Wildernet podcast on Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com.

    • May 28, 2014
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    Readers share their photos of Wisconsin's big birds

    The backyard paparazzi has been busy snapping and sharing dozens of photos of Wisconsin's largest winged wildlife.

    • May 28, 2014
  24. Blogger Brian Otten kicks off State Park tour near Madison

    My wife and I enjoyed some time in the Madison area over the weekend. We used Sunday's warm weather and a desire to soak up some sun as an excuse to buy our State Park sticker and enjoy Lake Mendota from the beach at Governor Nelson State Park.

    • May 27, 2014
  25. Canada mayflower. Photo by Emily Stone

    Blogger Emily Stone goes for a wildflower walk

    I could smell spring in the air as soon as I stepped into the forest. Damp soil, sweet green things, and the mineral scent of creek water leaping over stones blended into an irresistible musk. Although sunshine had woken me up at an unreasonable hour, now gray clouds rolled in and time seemed to move backwards toward the sleepy dawn.

    • May 23, 2014
  26. Door County Corporation Counsel Grant Thomas, left, and county conservationist Bill Schuster tour the Horseshoe Bay Cave last summer as they prepared a cave management plan. This photo was taken about 600 feet into the cave. Submitted

    Egg Harbor: Cave management plan advances

    The Door County Board committee with oversight of Horseshoe Bay Cave in the town of Egg Harbor got its first look this week at an in-depth plan to manage and preserve the site.

    • May 23, 2014
  27. Triathlon fundraiser will be Saturday

    NYAT (Not Your Average Triathlon) will be Saturday at the Lure Bar, Rome. It is a fundraiser for the Lester Public Library or Rome addition.

    • May 21, 2014
  28. Gary Engberg celebrates the arrival of spring

    After one of the coldest and longest lasting winters in the last few decades, it finally looks like spring is finally here. We’ve had a few warm days in April and May, but there have been no prolonged periods of spring-like weather. After a nice day or two, we go back to below normal temperatures, rain and wind. Everything that you can think of associated with spring has been delayed at least a week or two with cold nights and rainy days.

    • May 20, 2014
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    Browse our Escape edition online

    The summer 2014 edition of Escape to central and north central Wisconsin was inserted into newspapers around Wisconsin on May 21, 2014. If you missed it, browse the pages of this special section online.

    • May 20, 2014
  29. Buddy and me, mid run, last fall. Keith Uhlig/Daily Herald Media

    Nearing the end of the run with Buddy

    When our veterinarian told my wife and me that Buddy had lymphoma, something shattered deep inside of me, as if someone threw a brick through a picture window of my soul.

    • May 19, 2014
  30. Kayakers at Hartman Creek State Park. Heather Burt/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Blogger Heather Burt explores Hartman Creek State Park

    Charlie and I spend a lot of our free time hiking the Ice Age Trail, but Wisconsin’s state parks and forests take a close second. For a minimal fee to purchase an annual sticker, unlimited adventures await you!

    • May 19, 2014
  31. Yellow-rumped warblers are one of the earliest and most numerous spring migrants. Just like all migratory birds, they are specially adapted to make the long trek from Central American to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and points north. Photo by John Harrison

    Blogger Emily Stone examines the muscles behind bird migration

    Sometimes it takes a lot of willpower to put on my running shoes and take off down the road after a day at my desk. Today, despite (or maybe because of) the intermittent cloudbursts and beckoned by the ovenbirds’ rapid-fire teacher-teacher-teacher songs ringing through the trees, it felt like a necessity. As the cool drops misted my face and the raindrops swallowed sunlight while abandoning themselves to gravity, I felt multiply rewarded for my effort.

    • May 16, 2014

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