WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS September 2018

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News & Reviews

September 2018

Snapshot Wisconsin


Snapshot Wisconsin expands

The network of wildlife-monitoring trail cameras known as Snapshot Wisconsin, which has been operating in 26 counties, is now seeking volunteers to expand statewide. Anyone with access to at least 10 contiguous acres of public or private land can apply to host a trail camera. Educators are welcome. No experience or special qualifications are necessary, aside from basic computer skills and internet access for uploading photos. The DNR provides all training and supplies to volunteers upon acceptance into the program.

Started with initial cameras in 2016, Snapshot Wisconsin has grown to include more than 1,000 volunteers monitoring 1,200-plus cameras that together have captured 22 million photos of Wisconsin wildlife. The photos are sent to the project’s crowd-sourcing website, Zooniverse, for identification, with data serving a variety of uses. Zooniverse needs volunteers, too, allowing for program involvement by those without a trail camera.

Find out more at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "Snapshot Wisconsin." Or apply to host a trail camera at SnapshotWIsignup.org.

Deer Watch

On the Deer Watch

Record and report your observations of deer to help the DNR with population estimates and other management efforts. This important citizen monitoring work, Operation Deer Watch, runs through Sept. 30. For details, including deer survey guidelines and recording instructions, check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “deer watch.” Or check out an Operation Deer Watch informational video.

Trout stamp

Stamp winners announced

Winners have been announced in contests to decide what artwork will grace the 2019 wildlife and trout stamps, including a father-son pair of artists. Judges had a number of beautiful designs from which to choose. Wildlife stamp design winners are: wild turkey stamp, Stephen Senechal, Oxford; pheasant stamp, Todd Haefner, Janesville; and waterfowl stamp, Jon Rickaby, Green Bay. In both the inland trout stamp (shown here) and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contests, the winner is Ryan Rickaby, Suamico, who is the son of waterfowl winner Jon Rickaby. For more information regarding wildlife stamps, including contest artwork, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "wildlife stamps." For trout stamp information, search keywords “trout stamp.”

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Our archives are open to you

Ever want to go back and check out past content from Wisconsin Natural Resources? It’s easy with the magazine’s online archives. Search issues from 1996-present by story subject, author, year and specific keywords. And now you can search even older content, 1977-95, with archives hosted by UW Libraries Digital Collections. Browse by magazine issue or do specific text searches in the archives that bring all our historic content directly to you.

Gold Seal

Parks contest needs your votes

Best state park waterfall, best park system beach, most dog-friendly state property. These are just a few of the categories open for voting in the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Awards contest. Voting is open until Sept. 7, and ballots can be cast online at the Friends website, FWSP.org. Winners will be honored at the Friends awards banquet on Nov. 10, and listed in the FWSP annual calendar, which is printed in the Winter issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. For more about state parks, forests, trails and other properties, search dnr.wi.gov, keyword “parks.”

Sturgeon Fest

Save the date for Sturgeon Fest

Mark the calendar for Sept. 29, when Sturgeon Fest takes place at Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the sturgeon conservation festival, which will include presentations by staff from the DNR and Riveredge Nature Center, a live amphibian and reptile exhibit, a ceremonial Native American blessing of sturgeon and the chance to sponsor and hand-release a sturgeon into Lake Michigan.

More on sturgeon

Also on the topic of sturgeon, the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery, a DNR facility in Waushara County, has a new sturgeon exhibit as part of its Education Center and a lecture series is ongoing to celebrate the species. Remaining lectures (Saturdays, 4 to 6 p.m.) are: Sept. 15, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13. The hatchery is open to visitors April through October. Hours in September are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For details, check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Wild Rose.”