WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS July 2018


News & Reviews

July 2018


Check conditions, hit the beach

Headed to the beach? Visitors can check current water quality conditions at more than 100 of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes beaches and 100 more of the state’s inland beach areas on the Wisconsin Beach Health website, www.wibeaches.us. In addition to beach advisories, there also are maps and details on beach testing. More about Wisconsin beaches also is available on the DNR site, dnr.wi.gov, keyword “beaches.”

wood turtle

Taking care of turtles

If you see a turtle crossing the road, the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program would like to know about it to help cut down on turtle mortalities. From May through July, female turtles cross roads in search of suitable nesting areas, and getting run over by cars is a leading cause of declining turtle numbers -- especially where highly traveled roads divide turtle habitat. Reports of road-crossing hotspots are vital in safeguarding turtles. "The loss of even one adult female can have a large effect on future population numbers," said Andrew Badje, who coordinates the turtle conservation program for DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau. That's especially true in species like the wood turtle and Blanding's turtle, which can take up to 20 years to reach reproductive age. Identifying turtle hotspots can help mitigate deadly crossing areas, as noted in “Tunnel Vision,” a December story in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine about a project from the DNR, state DOT and UW-Stevens Point. For more on the turtle program and how to report sightings, check wiatri.net/inventory/witurtles.


No fireworks in state parks

With Independence Day just around the corner, visitors to state parks and forests should keep in mind that fireworks are illegal at these properties and citations may be issued. Sparklers and “snakes,” though not considered illegal fireworks under state law, are discouraged in parks because they are a fire hazard. For more information on fireworks, including air quality and health issues, see dnr.wi.gov, keyword "fireworks."

Parks sticker

Parks sticker winner selected

A student at Slinger High School has submitted the winning design in the 2019 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker contest. Rory Macha’s drawing will be printed next year on annual vehicle admission stickers, required for entry to state parks, recreation areas and some state forest and trail parking areas. Stickers cost $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. Macha's winner was chosen from more than 250 entries and works well with the park system’s new OutWiGo initiative, encouraging wellness in Wisconsin’s great outdoors. "This design is a great fit,” parks system director Ben Bergey said. In second place was Rachel Slaybaugh of Jefferson High School and in third place was Jocelyn Sveum of Mount Horeb High School. To see top entries, check dnr.wi.gov, keyword "contest."

Summer cover

New issue is here!

The Summer issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is now available, filled with stories about growing numbers of the Kirtland's warbler songbird, bicycling in the Northwoods, DNR lake leadership efforts, a collection of hunting and outdoors memorabilia, Wisconsin's treasured terns and more. Check wnrmag.com for details on how to get your copy!

pheasant stamp

Still time to submit stamp designs

Here's a reminder that July 16 is the deadline for Wisconsin artists to submit entries for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. For complete contest rules and details on how to enter, go to dnr.wi.gov, keywords “wildlife stamps.” For inspiration, last year's winning Pheasant Stamp design, by Robert Leum of Holmen, is shown above.

Friends logo

Photo contest open through August

Summer is in full swing, and so is the 2018 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks photo contest. People who are out enjoying any of Wisconsin’s plentiful and beautiful state properties are reminded to snap and save their best images for contest entry. Scenic photos and action images from state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas are welcome. Only horizontal images can be accepted, and all entries must be uploaded electronically. Winning photos will be featured in the 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, included in the Winter issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Contest deadline is Aug. 31; check fwsp.org for details and a link to enter.