WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS September 2019

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News & Reviews

September 2019

Fall cover

DNR's Fall magazine issue shines

The Fall print edition of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine will be out soon and it’s an issue you won’t want to miss! Starting with a stunning wraparound cover photo, the issue is packed full of outstanding photos and lively, informative stories about the state’s myriad natural resources. Lighthouses and the beautiful landscapes they occupy — including three on state properties — are featured with expanded coverage. Other content includes stories on conservation efforts involving native freshwater mussels, the Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera program, waterfowl hunting, efforts to battle invasive New Zealand mudsnails, an accessible fishing pier in Chippewa Falls and more. For details about the magazine or to subscribe, check wnrmag.com.


Help monitor migrating monarchs

The generation of monarchs that will travel to overwinter in Mexico has begun to emerge in Wisconsin. This fall, report the monarchs you see migrating south to Journey North, which is now based at the UW-Madison Arboretum. Visit journeynorth.org to learn more.


SNA volunteer honored

Mary Kay Baum — community organizer, lawyer, school board member, county board member, ordained minister and one-time mayoral candidate — now has another title: 2019 Steward of the Year from the DNR's State Natural Areas Volunteer Program. Baum was honored in late August for her work at Ridgeway Pine Relict State Natural Area in Iowa County. To learn how Baum found “Preserving pine relicts a prescription for good health,” read this story (PDF) from the February 2017 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources. And for more on the State Natural Areas program, see dnr.wi.gov, keyword “SNA.”

Fun at State Fair

Thanks to everyone who came to visit the DNR's many exciting exhibits at this year's Wisconsin State Fair, where the agency commemorated Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday and also celebrated the Year of Clean Drinking Water. We can’t wait to see you for more fun at the fair again next year!


If you recently had a gift subscription renewal form returned to you as undeliverable, it was due to a printing error listing the wrong address. Our sincere apologies! You may already have received a second renewal form with the correct address. You can return that form or send renewals to: Wisconsin Natural Resources, Attn: Gift Dept., P.O. Box 37831, Boone, IA 50037-0831. Thank you for your loyal support of WNR magazine!

Learn to Hunt

Try something new with Learn to Hunt

It’s time for back to school, which brings to mind Learn to Hunt. This DNR program provides beginners — youth and adult alike — with classroom and field instruction, then pairs them with an experienced mentor for a hunting opportunity. Information covers sportsmanship and ethical hunting conduct, rules and regulations, and gun safety. A variety of groups conduct Learn to Hunt events, with pheasant hunting opportunities particularly plentiful this fall. Groups may apply for cost reimbursement from the DNR of up to $25 per student. For details about the Learn to Hunt program, including upcoming dates and how to host an event, see dnr.wi.gov, keywords “Learn to Hunt.”

Turkey season starts in mid-September

Speaking of hunting, the fall turkey season begins on Sept. 14 in all zones of the state. The season runs through Jan. 5 in Zones 1-5 and Nov. 22 in Zones 6-7. Fall turkey harvest authorizations went on sale in August through the Go Wild site. For information visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword "turkey."

Waterfowl hunting

September also brings the migratory game bird season in Wisconsin. Hunting dates for ducks, geese and other birds vary by zone and species, so be sure to check out complete season regulations and other information at dnr.wi.gov, keyword ”waterfowl.” And because state wildlife areas are great places for waterfowl hunting, it’s a good time to check out DNR’s YouTube channel, where a series of videos on “Exploring Wisconsin’s Wildlife Areas” features Horicon Marsh, Crex Meadows and more.