WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS April 2019

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News & Reviews

April 2019

NRF trips

Oh, the places you'll go with NRF

More than 230 guided field trips are available through the Natural Resources Foundation — from paddling to hiking to bird-banding and more. Registration is open and trips fill fast. Check the NRF website at WisConservation.org for details.

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Spring hearings
and WCC meetings

April 8 is the date for this year’s Fish and Wildlife Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings. They will be held at 7 p.m. in each county around the state. Those interested in natural resources management issues can provide input on a variety of proposed rule changes and advisory questions. An online option allows for feedback from those not attending a meeting in person. PDF downloads of meeting locations and the 2019 Spring Hearing questionnaire are available. An online input form will be posted at 7 p.m. on April 8 and remain open until 7 p.m. on April 11. To find it and other details about this year’s public proceedings, check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Spring Hearings.”
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MacKenzie Center all set
for annual Maple Syrup Fest

The MacKenzie Environmental Center in Poynette is ready for the annual Maple Syrup Festival, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6, sponsored by the center’s Friends group. The event is free and open to the public, with events including syrup-making demonstrations, interpretive displays, wagon rides, live music and more. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Main Lodge is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-11. For information on the DNR-owned environmental education center, check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “MacKenzie.”
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Celebrate with mothers and Mother Nature

Join Wisconsin State Parks for a day of adventure, learning and celebrating women in the outdoors at OutWiGo Girls, a special event set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 in the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. With wildflower hikes, bike rides, nature crafts and more, the event is fun for OutWiGo Girls of all ages. Bring friends and family or fly solo as we celebrate Mother's Day weekend with Mother Nature. The event is free and open to the public; a state parks vehicle admission sticker is required. Meet at Scuppernong Trail System parking lot off of Highway ZZ (58 W35820 County Road ZZ in Dousman). Visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword “OutWiGo” for more information on the OutWiGo initiative and the special OutWiGo Girls event.

bat news

News from the bat beat

The latest issue of the Echolocator, the annual newsletter of the DNR’s Wisconsin Bat Program is available online. Find in PDF format here. The report has updates on white-nose syndrome, the acoustic bat monitoring project, bat habitat research and conservation efforts, education and outreach, roost counts and more. For other bat-related information from DNR, check dnr.wi.gov, keyword “bats.”

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Work Play Earth Day 

Earth Day is April 22 and many state properties are marking the occasion with special Work Play Earth Day volunteer events in April and May. For an up-to-date list of events from the DNR’s Get Outdoors! calendar, check dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Earth Day.”


It's turkey time

The 2019 spring turkey season is fast approaching. Find everything you need for the upcoming season including zones, dates, regulations and registration information at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “turkey.”
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New issue is here!

Check out the Spring print issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, featuring great stories on Smokey Bear, the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network, monarch butterflies, trout fishing, a summer camp Q&A and more. Check out the Spring content and subscribe to the magazine at wnrmag.com.

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Special publication marks DNR's 50th

In addition to the latest print issue, wnrmag.com also includes a new special publication: “Celebrating 50 years of DNR.” This 48-page section is a compilation of all the 50-year anniversary stories and timeline that appeared in the magazine last year, plus all 50 "DNR@50" Facebook posts from 2018. Downloadable as PDFs in three parts — stories, timeline and Facebook posts — it’s a great way to recall a half-century of DNR at work.

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Licenses on sale

Get ready for 2019: Buy your hunting, fishing and other licenses now at Go Wild! or any DNR service center. And remember, a subscription to the Wisconsin Natural Resources print edition is included when you become a Conservation Patron.


* GIVE NOW * There’s still time to make a donation to the Endangered Resources Fund when doing your state taxes. Use the tax check off to contribute today and help Wisconsin’s natural resources!