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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. Jim Hulbert, former Sheboygan County Planning Director, gives a tour and talks about the preservation plans for the Amsterdam Dunes, a parcel in the Town of Holland, in May 2009. Sheboygan Press Media file photo

    Sheboygan County eyes buying pristine lakefront for $4.2 million

    Sheboygan County is in talks to save more than 330 acres of pristine lakeside forest, dunes and wetlands in the Town of Holland.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  17. Research affirms overwhelming benefits of outdoor exposure

    According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S'mores, girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  18. Spend an evening with bluebirds

    Winnebago Audubon welcomes you to attend An Evening with Bluebirds on Monday, June 23, 6 p.m. at Utica Golf Club, 2330 Knott Road, southwest of Oshkosh.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    Blogger points out bat-related events this week at Devil's Lake State Park

    Derrick Mayoleth of Skillet Creek Media in Baraboo writes about a pair of bat-centric events to be held this week at Devil's Lake State Park in a new post on his blog DevilsLakeWisconsin.com.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    Kite surfers harness wind on Lake Winnebago

    A windy Saturday, June 7, 2014 was used by kite surfers near Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac during Walleye Weekend.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
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    Live chat: DNR experts answer questions about Wisconsin's wildlife

    Join DNR experts for an online chat at noon on Thursday in which they'll discuss Wisconsin's wildlife and the need to keep it wild.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  19. A runner finishes at the Badger State Summer Games duathlon competition, last June at the Aspirus YMCA in Weston. Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

    Badger State Summer Games open Thursday

    The Badger State Summer Games — a sprawling, multi-weekend Olympic-style competition for all comers — kicks off Thursday and will run on weekends through the end of the month at venues across central Wisconsin.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  20. A dead crow found May 20 became the first bird this year to test positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus in Portage County, according to the county Health and Human Services office. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Mosquito invasion leaves Northwoods store shelves bare

    The unusually wet spring has caused such an explosion of mosquitoes that stores across the Northwoods are struggling to keep up with demand for bug spray.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  21. Invasive ash borer found in Door County

    Emerald ash borer has been found in Door County for the first time just south of Fish Creek. Door County will become the 22nd county in Wisconsin quarantined for EAB.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  22. The Ridges hosts campfire, open house

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor hosts a Full Moon Open House and Campfire at 7:30 p.m. June 13.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
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    June is Invasive Species Awareness Month. Explore some of the wonderful online resources available from the Wisconsin DNR and other organizations to learn as much as you can about identifying and controlling invasive plants in our state. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: Where to go for invasive species help

    Save this article and refer to it often!

    • Jun. 10, 2014
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    Live chat: DNR experts answer questions from forest owners

    Owning a forest means managing the forest for its resources, wildlife and habitat. Does this sound overwhelming? Financial resources are available for forest landowners. Some programs will help pay for up to half of the cost for some forest management practices.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  23. Wardens swing in to get a closer look at an iceberg on Lake Superior in June 2014. Wisconsin DNR photo

    DNR: Lake Superior icebergs still floating

    DNR Marine Warden Amie Egstad eased up the power on her boat today to make a Friday afternoon round of what she thought would be routine commercial net checks on Lake Superior as the temperature hit the low 80s on Friday, June 6.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  24. Crossroads trail run June 21

    The fifth annual Running Green for Crossroads trail run is Saturday, June 21, at Crossroads at Big Creek Environmental Learning Preserve in Sturgeon Bay.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  25. 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
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    Officials seek comments on warbler survival plan

    Officials are inviting public comment on a plan to continue protecting the Kirtland's warbler if the songbird is removed from the federal endangered species list.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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    Wildlife area expansion in Rock County opposed

    A Rock County town chairman is opposing a state purchase of land to expand a wildlife area.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  26. DNR Conservation Warden Bob Stroess shows the Haskell Noyes Conservation Efficiency Award that he was honored with during a banquet at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot. Also pictured with Stroess is his wife, Kelly, and daughters Carly, left, and Hallie. Submitted

    Stroess named winner of DNR 'Watch' award

    On May 31, many of us had the privilege of attending the banquet honoring DNR warden Bob Stroess at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot. George Protogere, DNR warden supervisor for Door, Brown, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc counties, was the master of ceremonies.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
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    Mosquito season off to an annoying start in Wisconsin

    Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

    • Jun. 8, 2014
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    Dame's Rocket is one of the most beautiful and alluring of the dangerous invasive plant species found in our area. Rob Zimmer/For Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com

    Rob Zimmer column: June is invasive species awareness month; here is what you need to know

    June has been designated Invasive Species Awareness Month in our state, a time where educational efforts and information on invasive plants and animals becomes the focus.

    • Jun. 6, 2014

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