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Giant Hogweed in Wisconsin

Photo by hockadilly The picture above is Giant Hogweed, you may think it’s pretty but this is not something you want in your yard.  This plant is on the federal noxious weed list making it unlawful to propogate, sell, or … Continue reading

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Natural Tick Deterrent

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Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin

It’s a beautiful morning here in Wisconsin, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.  What a great weekend to go fishing and it’s free too!   No pole?  No problem, many of the DNR offices have fishing gear you … Continue reading

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Kayaking – Very Popular in Wisconsin Waters

Photo by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources We live on the St. Croix River in Polk County and lately we’ve been seeing more and more kayaks on the river.  Check out all of these wonderful blogs and articles about … Continue reading

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Eagles in Wisconsin

Have you ever wondered what goes on in an eagle’s nest?  Check out this great video from 3rd and 4th grade students from the SoSET school in Blair, Wisconsin and their teacher.This is the second year they are broadcasting the … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Hummingbirds Happy

Watching the hummingbirds buzz around our yard is one of my favorite hobbies.  They seem like they are such happy little birds.  Here, in northern Wisconsin, we’re not able to put out hummingbird feeders in our yard because it’s quite … Continue reading

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People with disabilities enjoying Wisconsin State Parks

People with disabilities are enjoying camping in several Wisconsin State Parks.  There are nine cabins available for those unable to use the outdoor camping areas.  The cabins are wheel chair accessible, the kitchens are lower to make cooking easier, wheel-in … Continue reading

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Growing Asparagus in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Fishing Videos

It’s opening fishing today in Wisconsin and we’re heading out to the lake shortly.  Here are a few cool fishing videos for you to enjoy.  Better yet, shut your computer off and go fishing!

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Trail Cam – Wisconsin – Pileated Woodpecker

We’re having a lot of fun with our trail cam, here’s a female Pileated Woodpecker having some dinner! Click here for a previous post about the pileated woodpecker in Wisconsin.  We’ll be adding more trail cam pictures in the future … Continue reading

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Sturgeon in Wisconsin

Photo by The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources The Wisconsin state record for Lake Sturgeon is 170 lbs. 10 oz. 79″ long, caught on September 22, 1979 out of Yellow Lake in Burnett County.  That is a huge fish!  If … Continue reading

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Northern Pike – Removing Y-Bones

This is a great way to clean Northern Pike, my husband has cherished this diagram for years and swears by this method.

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State Fish Records – Wisconsin

Photo by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources With the fishing opener coming up I thought I’d share with you a few of the state fish records…that way if you catch a big one you’ll know if it’s one for … Continue reading

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Toad House for Rent!

This is my latest addition to my forest trail.  I’m hoping some lucky toad finds it!  In Wisconsin we have the Eastern American Toad. Last year I kept finding toads in our window wells going to the basement, I kept … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Spring Fishing Clinics

Spring fishing clinics take place April 14th in Wisconsin this year, click here for a flyer listing the locations for the clinics.

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Wild Strawberries in Wisconsin

Photo by dnhoshor This Wisconsin native plant, Wild Strawberry (Fragaria spp.), fruits attract 53 species of birds, including Northern Flicker, Wood Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Not only is this native … Continue reading

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Be on the Look Out for the Gypsy Moth in Wisconsin

Photo Credit: B. Queen, WI Dept Natural Resources This is the life cycle of the gypsy moth, this is one critter you don’t want in your yard.  The gypsy moth was brought to America in 1869 and has been spreading … Continue reading

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Warm Spring equals Early Fish Spawn in Wisconsin

Weekly News article published: March 27, 2012 by the Department of Natural Resources Central Office MADISON — March’s record-breaking high temperatures following an unusually mild winter have fish spawning early across Wisconsin and state fisheries crews racing to finish the … Continue reading

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Native Wisconsin Plant – Blue Vervain

Photo by Milesizz I’ve been reading about plants native to Wisconsin, Native Americans in the Wisconsin area used blue vervain (Verbena hastata) for food and medicine. They used strong infusions of the plant to increase breast milk production in nursing … Continue reading

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Wisconsin is leading the way for Trophy Bucks!

This is a tweet that came through from the DNR, for those of you not on twitter I thought you might find it interesting… Here’s a closer picture with the exact dots of where the trophy deer were taken #deerforum … Continue reading

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Do you know what Wisconsin’s State Flower Is? You might be surprised!

Photo by Alicia Lynn I really hate to admit this but for all of my life I always thought the Trillium was Wisconsin’s state flower.  I remember picking one, just one, for my Mom on Mother’s Day when we would … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Walleye Spawn in Trouble?

Photo by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Walleye are fun to catch and good to eat too.  Here is a link to an article from the Green Bay Press Gazette about how the dry winter/spring may effect the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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What the heck is Skunk Cabbage???

Photo by pchgorman I was thinking of cooking some cabbage this weekend for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner so I did a search on the web for “cabbage” and somehow I found this goofy looking plant, Skunk Cabbage! This interesting … Continue reading

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Helping Wisconsin Wood Ducks

Photo taken by Will_wildlife The Wood Duck, what a beautiful bird!  During the late 1800′s and early 1900′s state wood duck populations dropped drastically because of uncontrolled hunting for their meat and feathers and the logging of their habitat.  In … Continue reading

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Wisconsin DNR Needs Partners for Loaner Life Jacket Pilot

‘Kids Don’t Float’ project targeted to start Memorial Day weekend     Photo by ChaseofSpades MADISON — In an effort to help boaters of all ages stay safe on the water this summer, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is … Continue reading

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Beautiful Wisconsin!

This is a video I put together using photos from The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  If you would like to see more of the photos the DNR has available you can go to their Flickr Photostream by clicking here. … Continue reading

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De-Icing Wisconsin Roads with Cheese Brine

Wisconsin winters can be challenging. In an effort to clear the ice and snow off the roads, Polk County Highway Department has come up with a “cheesy” solution.  Find out how cheese brine from a local dairy plant is making … Continue reading

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Beautiful Pictures from the Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources now has a Flickr photostream.  Here is just a sampling of what you can find there. Photos from The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Red Fox   Wisconsin Buck   Wisconsin State Fair   … Continue reading

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Wisconsin DNR News – Wisconsin Leads Nation in Trophy Whitetail Bucks

Wisconsin leads nation in trophy whitetail bucks MADISON — The number of trophy bucks taken in Wisconsin has risen by 857 percent in 30 years, with a record-breaking 383 entries during the five years ending in 2010, according to historical … Continue reading

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Forget the Roses! Give me Rose Hips!

Photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden Rose hips, amazing little things!  I planted Rosa Rugosa for the first time last year in my forest garden.  I’m hoping and praying they will do well this year.  I would love to have … Continue reading

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Brooklyn – Lost Dog In Wisconsin

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Are Badgers Really Mean?

Photo by stanmarston If you live in Wisconsin you know the Badger is our Official State Animal.  The Badger is quite an amazing animal and I think a great choice for representing our state.  I’ve heard that Badgers can be … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s Fish Sticks Program

Wisconsin’s Fish Sticks Program has nothing to do with the frozen fish sticks you buy in the store. The program creates natural habitat not only for fish but also turtles, ducks and other wildlife here in Wisconsin. With so many … Continue reading

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Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary – Wisconsin Winter Fun!

Photo taken by wonder_al There is so much going on in Wisconsin, check out this great event happening at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary on February 4th in Green Bay.  A great way to get out and enjoy this beautiful … Continue reading

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Big and Impressive! The Pileated Woodpecker in Wisconsin

Photo taken by RPA-Home One of my favorite hobbies in the winter is feeding and watching the birds.  We have several feeders around our yard.  I’ve seen Pileated Woodpeckers three times so far this year.  I’m not sure if it’s the … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Virtual Vacation – Fun!

 Photo taken by McBeth With today’s modern technology you can see many places in Wisconsin from the comfort of your own home.  These are not videos, you actually control the view, it’s very cool!  Just click on the words in … Continue reading

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The Peregrine Falcon in Wisconsin

Peregrine Falcons are listed as endangered in Wisconsin due to pesticide use in the 1960′s.  The birds were reintroduced in Wisconsin in 1987 with the release of 14 captive-produced young peregrines in Milwaukee, Madison, LaCrosse, Racine and Pleasant Prairie.  As of … Continue reading

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The Snowy Owl in Wisconsin

Photo taken by Shawn McCready Snowy Owls range in size from 20 to 28 inches and have a wing span of 4.2 to 4.8 feet.  Their main diet is Lemmings, small mouse-like rodents, but they also hunt for other small … Continue reading

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Crazy For Wisconsin Crappies!

Now that the holidays are almost over we can finally go ice fishing.  There are so many places in Wisconsin to ice fish and you can find Crappies most anywhere.  Here are a couple nice fish my nephew Karsen caught … Continue reading

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