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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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. New episode of the Wildernet podcast covers rock climbing in Wisconsin

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

    • May 28, 2014
  23. 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

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