WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS December 2018

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News & Reviews

December 2018

Deer in winter

Highlights from 2018 deer season

An increase in the number of deer harvested and a banner year for hunting safety are two of the biggest highlights from this year’s just-completed gun deer season. The nine-day season ran from Nov. 17-25 and preliminary numbers show 211,430 deer were registered during that period, compared to 197,733 during the 2017 season. This year’s total included 104,388 antlered deer. Gun deer license sales had reached 576,277 by season's end, a 2 percent drop from last year’s totals. Sales will continue through December as more hunting opportunities are available, including a statewide four-day anterless-only hunt, Dec. 6-9, and an anterless-only hunt in select Farmland Zone counties, Dec. 24-Jan.1 Those sessions offer more chances to check out the DNR’s new Hunt Wild Wisconsin app, already downloaded by more than 80,000 users. Also in 2018 deer season news, this year's hunt was one of the safest on record, with the DNR’s Bureau of Law Enforcement reporting only three relatively minor firearm-related incidents (Columbia, Dunn and Sauk counties) and no fatalities. Firearm safety is always a priority. For more on the 2018 hunt including county-by-county harvest totals, see dnr.wi.gov, keywords “deer harvest.”


snowy owl

Look who's back!

The season’s first snowy owls have reached Wisconsin, beginning with a bird near Green Bay on Oct. 29 and trickling in since then. It’s too early to know if Wisconsin birdwatchers will enjoy the large influx of these birds experienced in the past two years. As of late November, a little more than two dozen snowy owls had been reported in 14 Wisconsin counties. See details of recent sightings, add your observations and find tips on where to look for these large, beautiful birds on DNR’s snowy owl webpage.
Green Tier

Shining a spotlight on environmental partnerships

The DNR’s Green Tier program is happy to share a video series to shine a light on the accomplishments of program participants. The “Power of Partnerships” series showcases the success stories of: Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, Empire Screen Printing in Onalaska and the Wisconsin Urban Wood charter. The video series also spotlights a Green Tier partnership in La Crosse among the city, county and solid waste department. Green Tier is a voluntary program that provides a framework for businesses and organizations to collaborate with the DNR to proactively improve their environmental performance. The videos are a companion to a recently released report that highlights the Green Tier program and how the DNR is working to support those who voluntarily participate. The Green Tier 2018 Biennial Report features program news, accomplishments and updates on participants. For more on the Green Tier report and video series, go to dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Green Tier.”

FWSP calendar

Get your Friends calendar

The 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar, with winning photos from the annual FWSP contest, is included in the Winter issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Copies also are available as part of package deals, with state parks admission stickers and other goodies, on the Friends website, fwsp.org. And remember, it’s never too early to start snapping state parks photos for the 2020 calendar.

Winter cover

We've got
winter covered

Winter officially arrives this month and so does the Winter issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources! The magazine is due in subscriber mailboxes around Dec. 15, just in time to usher in the season with a six-page photo spread of spectacular winter scenes. From frozen lakes and fishing shanties to ice-covered caves, ice boats, ice shoves and more, these “Freeze Frames” taken by contributor Tim Sweet of Appleton capture the beauty of winter. If you don’t already subscribe to WNR’s print issue, call 1-800-678-9472 or check online at wnrmag.com to get your copy. A one-year subscription is just $8.97, and the magazine also makes a great last-minute holiday gift!

NHC report

NHC shares news from the field

Tracking tiny turtles, mussel mania, the buzz on bees, butterfly benefits and finding floral gems are just some of the headlines highlighted in this year’s annual report from the DNR’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program. The NHC’s “2018 Field Notes” is available in printed form — included with the Winter issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine — and also can be found online as a PDF copy. For more on the NHC program and its important work in protecting Wisconsin’s precious natural resources, see dnr.wi.gov, keyword “NHC,” where you can make a donation to the Endangered Resources Fund. And you’ll also want to check out these cool program videos highlighting some of this year’s best notes from the field.

Tracking Tiny Turtles

Paddling the Dells of the Wisconsin River

Map Turtle Release

Pining for Pollinators

Ephemeral Pond Surveys