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Outdoor Report

Published July 13, 2017 by the Central Office

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Recent rains across the regions have kept water levels above average and saturated swamps, forests and trails across the state. Torrential rains fell Wednesday in southeastern Wisconsin with as much as 8 inches reported in some areas. Many roads in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties were flooded and a State of Emergency has been declared in each county. The Fox River crested Thursday in Burlington at 16.1 feet, exceeding the previous high level set in 2008.

While there have been no reports of park, forest or trails closing, visitors should be aware of recent rain conditions in areas they visit and check-in with local offices to see if your favorite trail may be waterlogged.

With precipitation last weekend and this week, water levels around Lake Michigan have been fluctuating. In some instances they have been leveling off, while in other areas, such as the Door County Peninsula, they are rising to near record highs. The lower Wisconsin River continues to run high, but there are some sandbars available. Boaters should be aware though that recent rains may cause the river to rise again.

The weather combined with high water and the resulting murkiness on rivers again worked against anglers in the past week. However, there are still successful catches being landed. On Green Bay there were increasing reports of yellow perch trickling in, a strong wave of freshwater drum and some improved walleye bite especially in the lower bay.

Along Lake Michigan, the salmon bite was more regular and rainbows are showing up alongside coho and chinook out of Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties. Angler out of Racine and Kenosha were reporting similar success for salmon, along with lake and brown trout. Catch size is ranging widely, particularly between salmon, with coho as small as three pounds and chinook all the way up to the low 20s. While above average, one individual also landed a 15 pound rainbow trout.

Fawns are hanging to mom almost constantly, bear cubs are growing and scrounging for berries, and turkey broods are marching around with poults in tow. While major migrations may have slowed, at Horicon Marsh, great egrets and blue herons, black terns and marsh wrens are all present and on display. Cedar waxwings, kingbirds, whip-poor-wills and nighthawks have been seen or heard in Vernon County. Be aware that the wet spell has given energy to the mosquito population, especially if you're looking to head near streams, rivers or the deep woods.

Milkweed, common Saint John's wort are coming up along roadsides, while bergamot, daisy fleabane, harebell, yarrow, wood lily, daisy fleabane, cinquefoil and butterfly weed are blooming. Blazing star, aster, and early goldenrod have all bolted and will be flowering soon. Also flowering is wild parsnip, whose oils can react with UV rays from the sun and cause blisters and burns on the skin.

An upside of all the rain has is that it also brought an explosion of life to the wild berries that tangle across our state, much to the delight of trail-side adventurers and animals alike. Roadside berries are transitioning from strawberries to blackberries and raspberries, and from the decreasing number of nuisance calls, it seems bear populations are appreciating them as well.

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Upcoming State Natural Area Workday

Chiwaukee Prairie SNA: July 15 10 a.m. The prairie is blooming. Help Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund volunteers during our third Saturday workdays and enjoy the beauty of this rich prairie in the process. We will scout for and remove a variety of invasives (sweet clovers, swallow-wort, thistles, loosestrife, and other weeds) which threaten to displace native plants. We will remove these using a variety of techniques including herbicides, shovels, and our hands. Bring a bag lunch to eat afterwards. No skills needed you will be trained onsite. Click for more information.

Sugar River Wetlands: July 22, 9 a.m. - At our fourth Saturday workday we'll identify several different native wetland plants and learn how to collect their seeds. Seed will be scattered in areas where invasive brush has recently been removed. We will also spend some time addressing invasive plants coming up. This work will expand the quality wetland areas and continue the efforts started by the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and Wisconsin DNR. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.

Check the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program page of the DNR website for details. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane. - Jared Urban, conservation biologist, Dane

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Northern Region

Superior DNR Service Center area

Brule River State Forest - The weather these past couple of days has felt like early April. Gray and rainy skies and highs in the 50s does not feel like mid-July. Fortunately, it looks like the weather should be turning back to normal by the weekend. Sunshine and warm (even hot!) weather is in store. The blueberries are getting ripe—and yes, these little gems are delicious. It looks like it should be a good crop for all berries this year. Raspberry and blackberry bushes are loaded with their green fruit. With plenty of rain and the heat of mid-summer, the berries should be plumping up and ripening up in the next few weeks. There is an abundance of life in the forest, now. Forest babies are quickly growing up—birds are fledging, tadpoles have turned into frogs, and caterpillars have turned into butterflies! The Barrens Fest celebrates the pine barrens landscape of Douglas County and the unique habitat and species it supports. The Barrens Fest is July 19, from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Bird Sanctuary Clubhouse of the Douglas Co. Wildlife Area located between Solon Springs and Gordon, just west of Hwy 53 off Highway M (follow the signs). Check the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary website at www.fotbs.org/2017-barrens-fest/ for an agenda of activities. The river has been busy with canoers and kayakers. Campgrounds have been busy too —but there is still room for you! Reserve a campsite at ReserveAmerica.com or claim a first-come, first-served site when you get here. - Diane Gobin, visitor services associate

Ashland DNR Service Center area

Iron County - Roadside strawberries are still being seen with fewer and fewer being found each day. Other berry pickers are taking advantage of blackberries and raspberries that are available in great numbers right now. Trails are still wet and muddy with little hope in the near future for drying out. Nuisance bear calls are slowly decreasing...thank you berries! - Jenna Kosnicki, wildlife biologist, Mercer

Woodruff DNR Service Center area

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - The abundant rainfall has all area lakes full to the brim, leaving little sand beach space or no beach at all! Trails and the area woods are lush with growth, so hikers need to be aware of wet and soft areas, and bring that mosquito repellant! Tall meadow rue, milkweed, cow parsnip and common St. Johnswort are starting to bloom along roadsides. White clover and heal-all can be found blooming in lawns and short grass areas. Bird songs are starting to quiet down as parents feed their broods and no longer have to protect their areas. Robins are feasting on Juneberries and red berried elder as quickly as the fruits ripen. Keep your eyes peeled for critters and turtles crossing the roads. - Rosalie Richter, visitor services associate

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Northeast Region

Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - This report is for the period of July 2-8. Water levels are starting to return to normal although the rivers are still running a bit murky. Fishing pressure was low to moderate, while the number of pleasure boaters, kayakers and tubers was high.

Marinette County - The Peshtigo Harbor area is still producing catfish, drum, smallmouth bass and walleye using a variety of baits, from live bait, plastics, jigs, spoons, and top water baits. There have been a few boats out of Little River (Marinette County). Fishing pressure on the Menominee River has been light as the dam is pushing a great deal of water. Anglers on the fishermen's platform on the Michigan side of the river have been catching drum, rock bass, small mouth, and red horse suckers using mainly live bait. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Bluegill and smallmouth bass were being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Live bait has been working well along with plastics. The Oconto River mouth was still producing good numbers of catfish, fresh water drum, and smallmouth. Live bait, tube jigs and plastics are working well. Some perch and walleye were being caught adjacent to weeds, rock piles, and shoals using live baits such as minnows, crawlers, or leaf worms. Rip jigging has been catching the majority of walleye although some are still being caught trolling crawler/harness in 7 to 18 feet of water. Perch anglers out of Pensaukee report very few fish being caught. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Off Geano Beach a few boats took walleyes home. Drum are hitting as hard as ever this year, keeping the anglers busy. Anglers also caught white bass and the occasional northern pike. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technican, Green Bay

Brown County - Fishing early in the week was very slow with most anglers targeting walleyes. Anglers were reporting catching one to three fish per boat with some of the catch being from short fish (less than 15 inches). Fishing later in the week turned on with many anglers getting their limit of five fish and one boat of four anglers catching 68 walleyes and keeping their limit of 20 fish. Besides walleyes picking up later in the week so did the yellow perch bite with multiple anglers reporting successful days on the water and multiple 14 inch fish hitting the ice box. The highest total of perch caught was 55 with the anglers keeping 45 of them. The size of the yellow perch being caught was around 8.5 inches with the biggest perch reported being just short of 15 inches. Other species caught were: freshwater drum, white perch, white bass, channel catfish, and alewife. - Derek Apps, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Metro launch anglers saw improved success from previous weeks with most catching at least two walleyes and some even taking fish home. Freshwater drum are still hitting hard, both from shore and boat but the white bass bite has slowed down considerably. The catfish catch continues to be low but consistent. Off Fox Point launch, walleye anglers had similar success to metro launch with number of fish caught of targeted and non-targeted species. More people out of this launch were just trying to have a good time on the water so whatever they caught made them happy. There were a few anglers out this week fishing Voyager Park with mixed success. There was considerably fishing effort out on Duck Creek over the past week. Some were fishing for fun while others were targeting bluegill, perch, and crappie. Success was low for panfish with most not landing any fish. Boat fishing off the Suamico was consistent as always with most anglers targeting walleye. Catch rates have increased slightly with boats catching at least one or two walleyes for half a day's trip but the majority of the boats interviewed did not take any fish home. All boats interviewed had a tough time keeping freshwater drum off the lines. - Adam Garlie, fisheries technician

Door County - Salmon fishing out of Sturgeon Bay has been inconsistent, like ports to the south. Only a fish or two have come in if at all, and no pattern for water depth or lure choice seems to make a difference, but hopefully a couple days of nicer weather will pick things up. Many anglers have set out in the pursuit of perch in the canal out of Sawyer Park, and many of the boats have reported catching a decent number. Anglers that have done well have reported that the most important step is to find the bigger schools of perch. Putting time in to find the numbers of fish will lead to more consistent results. Anglers have been using both worms and minnows to catch perch, but worms produce more fish that are under desirable size. Most report fish being in a little deeper water or near weed/shade breaks, so using structure may be critical to good catches. Smallmouth bass anglers are having good success fishing in water around 10 feet deep for post-spawn smallmouth. Many report that the fish are still in the shallower post-spawn areas and haven't moved out to deeper summer habitat yet. Tube-jigs and other plastics have been the go-to for many anglers. Shore fishing around Sturgeon Bay has remained consistent as well. Fourth of July weekend brought increased boat traffic and made some shore spots more difficult to fish, but those able to avoid it, particularly at the Stone Quarry Landing, were able to catch smallmouth pretty regularly. Fish-catching presentations included a bobber with night crawler, jerk baits in brighter colors, and smaller (3-inch or so) swimbaits fished slowly. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Bass action remains decent in northern Door County. Fishing flats, transitions and other structure adjacent to empty beds in 8 to 15 feet of water has been productive. The best bait depends on the conditions so start with your go to baits and move on to smaller more subtle presentations if that doesn't work. Bass action off the piers is still good. A half chunk of crawler under a slip bobber fished one and a half to two feet off the bottom has worked best but drop shot rigs are also producing some nice bass. Perch action in the harbors is hit and miss. Having your bait in the water when the perch move in to feed is key. Persistent anglers have been able to get their limit at times. Still no word of any walleye action north of Sturgeon Bay. Salmon fishing is finally picking up. Gills Rock is still hit and miss but has produced a few good catches. Baileys Harbor is producing good numbers of chinook and rainbows with many salmon over 20 pounds and rainbows over 10 pounds. Leadcore and dodger flies have both been producing. - Benjamin Thome, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Fishing throughout the week at Chaudoir's Dock was slow to moderate, with many anglers targeting walleyes and yellow perch. Yellow perch anglers had a hard time finding the school of fish, many of the boats were reporting only catching a handful of fish for a half day trip. Walleye anglers reported having a hard time getting the fish to bite with the huge balls of bait in which the walleyes were feasting upon. Most anglers were reported catching one to three walleyes in a trip with a few of them being short fish. Other fish species being caught were freshwater dum, channel catfish, white perch, and white bass. Off Little Sturgeon Bay, fishing pressure was very high this past week with people out celebrating America's Independence. Unfortunately, anglers didn't have much to report with fishing being poor. Most anglers interviewed were targeting yellow perch and some found good numbers but failed to find the bigger fish. Most anglers were throwing live bait for the perch and found crawlers worked a little bit better. Walleye anglers reported having a tough bite with the highest number caught being reported was three keeper fish. Walleye anglers had a tough time getting the schools of fish to feed during the light time hours, with the best fishing coming right before and after dark. Smallmouth bass anglers interviewed had mixed success, ranging from no fish to 15 fish. Most smallmouth anglers are targeting the schools of fish out deeper while they feed on the big balls of bait. Other fish caught were freshwater drum, sunfish, white perch, rock bass and round gobies. At Sawyer Harbor, yellow perch anglers were out in full force this past week trying to get enough fish for a Friday night fish fry. Anglers were reporting a decent number of fish being caught but shorting through the smaller fish was a must with the average size being caught being six inches. Anglers that stuck it out and shorted through the smaller fish found a good number of fish hitting the cooler, with the biggest fish being reported at 11 inches. Shore anglers had mixed success with many throwing various forms of live bait. Shore anglers mostly caught, round gobies, sunfish, and smaller yellow perch. Smallmouth bass anglers had a tough time finding the schools of fish out deeper with the only fish being caught being males that were cruising the shallow weeds. Other fish caught were: freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, walleye, and bowfin. - Derrek Apps, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Kewaunee County - Salmon fishing in Kewaunee and Algoma this week has been slow, but fish have been caught consistently. Fewer boats than weeks past are coming in with zero fish, but many boats are coming in with only one or two. Anglers who have caught more than that say that there has been no pattern. Fish have been reported from 80 feet out to 350 feet-of-water, with no depth producing more fish. Also, no specific lure or presentation has taken more fish than any other. Spoons and flasher/fly combos, most in green or blue colors, are both taking fish. The most consistent report has been of fish coming in the top 50 or so feet of the water column, no matter what depth you fish. Some anglers have also reported that trolling at speeds above two and a half miles per hour, and even over three miles per hour, has been effective for catching fish on slower days. Anglers on the piers in both ports have caught a random fish or two over the course of a day. Warmer weather has increased water temperatures at the pier heads, so a couple days of strong west winds might be needed to get some action started for pier anglers. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Manitowoc County - Many boaters took advantage of the generally nice whether during the holiday week. A large majority of boats using ramps in Manitowoc and Two Rivers were pleasure boating and enjoying the water with their family and friends. Fishing pressure continues to be very low. Mostly king salmon and rainbow trout are being caught, however, many boating parties returned with zero fish in their cooler. Many boaters during the weekend of the 8th and 9th returned to shore within half an hour to an hour of leaving the docks because the water was too rough as it was windy. - Mallary Schenian, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Peshtigo DNR Service Center area

Marinette County - We had a rainy day on Sunday and many of the rivers and lakes remain high. The bay also remains high, but anglers can still find good spots. Anglers from this weekend report catching a mixed bag including rock bass, bluegills, perch, pumpkinseed, bullheads, and even bowfin. Lots of does have been seen with a fawn recently. Many species are in bloom right now in the open areas of the county. These species include bergamot, harebell, yarrow, wood lily, daisy fleabane, cinquefoil, common milkweed and butterfly weed. Blazing star, aster, and early goldenrod have all bolted and will be flowering soon. Some goat's-beard has gone to seed in open areas and along roadside — it looks like a giant dandelion that has gone to seed. There are more butterflies out lately and a few monarchs have been spotted. - Aaron McCullough, wildlife technician, Wausaukee

Oconto County - Regarding fishing, people are catching bluegill and bass along the rock wall and north side of the Machickanee Flowage in Stiles. Leigh Lake, Kelly Lake, and other lakes North in Oconto County the fishing is slower. ATV trails are becoming dusty again and the pipeline area trails in the Town of Bagley Oconto County are still very rough and flooded. Deer are still moving a lot and you can now see fawns with the mother's in the fields. Staff have seen a lot of porcupines at night in the Lakewood, Mountain area. Mosquitos are very bad, so wear bug spray. Ticks are also out so beware. - Paul Hartrick, conservation warden, Oconto Falls Ranger Station

Governor Thompson State Park - The Visitor Center's prairie is in bloom. The current stars are: purple cone flowers, beardtongue, showy sunflower, butterfly weed, Canadian vetch, and vervain. - Maggie Kailhofer, park manager

Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area

Door County - From the Door Peninsula, water levels continue to rise on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay and water is approaching the record highs. With all the rain and wind getting out on the water has been hit or miss. Fishing activity has been good for yellow perch and the salmon bite out on the big water has slowly started to improve. Meanwhile the walleyes have been unheard from. The beaches have been nice as the water still hasn't gotten overly warm. - Brandon Bastar, fisheries research vessel captain, Sturgeon Bay

Whitefish Dunes State Park - All trails are open to hiking. The best trails at this time for hikers are the Red Trail (2.8-mile loop) and the beach shoreline (1.5 miles-no pets). Lots of rain in the past few weeks has been great for the wildflowers and plants. There have been a few mosquitoes with all the rain. The thimbleberries are in bloom and in a few weeks will have berries. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate

Wautoma DNR Service Center area

Waupaca County - Super wet conditions continue. Trout streams in great shape water level wise, fish biting well if you can stand the bugs. No report on inland fishing. If the wet weather continues, we will have an abundant blackberry crop. Have seen a few turkey broods lately, poults are very small indicating re-nesting attempts. Biting bugs are nothing short of horrendous right now. Mosquitos are the worst, have some deer flies and even a few ticks yet. Use the appropriate repellents. Fawns are with mom all the time now. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma

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Southeast Region

Milwaukee DNR Service Center area

Kohler-Andrae State Park - Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes and Park Staff in celebrating a half century of Whitefish Dunes State Park! There will be live music, programs, artists and more. Refreshments will be available as well as Friends merchandise at the nature center. Stay for the afternoon. The annual Candlelight Hike along the Beach will not be held in conjunction with the Anniversary Celebration as previously reported. It will be held Saturday, August 19 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please call the park at 920-823-2400.

Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee

Sheboygan County - Fishing pressure was higher this week as temperatures warmed and weather conditions improved. However, anglers were still reporting little success off the piers, with most of the catches coming from boats. Only one catch of rainbow trout was reported off the south pier on Thursday, July 6th. Most anglers were using alewives fished on the bottom, although the rainbow trout was caught on a green and silver spoon. The surface temperature of the water on the harbor side warmed to 60 to 65 degrees by the weekend, while the water on the lakeside remained cold at 45 degrees. Boaters reported some success throughout the week; however, fishing remains inconsistent as several boats still returned to the ramp without any catches. Mainly caught coho salmon and rainbow trout were caught, along with some chinook salmon and five lake trout. The coho salmon weighed anywhere from three to six and a half pounds, which was similar to the average weight range of the rainbow trout - 3 to 7.5 pounds; the largest rainbow trout weighed 15 pounds. The chinook salmon were significantly larger than the coho salmon or the rainbow trout, with weights ranging from 10 to 24 pounds. Fish were caught in water depths ranging from 20 to 210 feet on spoons and flies. Boaters caught three coho salmon, two chinook salmon, and three rainbow trout in 50-60 feet of water on spoons and flasher flies. The coho salmon weighed an average of about 6 pounds. Two of the three rainbow trout were of similar weights to the coho salmon, while the largest weighed 10 pounds. One of the chinook salmon also weighed 10 pounds, with the second reaching 16.5 pounds.

Ozaukee County - Fishing pressure was relatively higher this week compared to previous weeks. More success has been reported off the piers, although reports of catches from boaters remain inconsistent. From Port Washington, mainly whitefish were caught off the north pier this week, along with some coho salmon, one rainbow trout, and one brown trout. A couple of brown trout and rainbow trout were also caught off the harbor and shoreline area near the south pier. The whitefish had an average weight of three to four pounds, with the largest weighing just less than eight pounds. Weights of the coho salmon ranged from about three to eight pounds, while the rainbow trout were a bit larger with an average weight of 10.5 pounds. Most anglers were using alewives and spoons, although a few were using jigs and spinners as well. The surface temperature of the water remained cold throughout the week at 45 degrees. Success reported from boaters was hit or miss, with some having caught several fish while others returned to the ramp with none. Mainly rainbow trout and coho salmon were caught this weekend, along with a couple of chinook salmon and lake trout. Weights of the rainbow trout ranged from about four to nine pounds. Catches were reportedly made at depths ranging from 35 to 190 feet on spoons and flies.

Racine County - Ramp anglers for the most part had a tough week of fishing. Zero to six fish were reported caught by boaters this week. Anglers reported catching fish from 50 feet out to 160 feet of water. Steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, coho and king salmon were all reported caught. No specific lures or colors seemed to work best, but most anglers caught fish from 40 feet down up to near the surface. The water temperature at the surface at 70 feet was 59 degrees. At the pier, one brown trout and one coho salmon were reported caught this week. The brown trout was caught on a blue and chrome spoon and the coho salmon was caught by an angler that was perch fishing with fathead minnows under a bobber. The water temperature was 63 degrees. Off the shore, only one perch was reported caught this week. The fish was caught on a small plastic jig. No trout or salmon were reported caught. The water temperature was 65 degrees.

Kenosha County - Off the ramp, anglers for the most part had a tough week of fishing. Zero to six fish were reported caught by boaters this week. Anglers reported catching fish from 30 feet out to 180 feet of water. Steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, coho and king salmon were all reported caught. No specific lures or colors seemed to work best, but most anglers caught fish from 40 feet down up to near the surface. One boat did have a limit of perch this week. The anglers reported fishing in close to the shoreline and caught their fish on small plastic jigs. Six brown trout were reported caught out of the harbor in Kenosha this week. They were caught on blue/chrome or chartreuse/chrome spoons, white or pearl tube jigs, and small jigging spoons. The water temperature was 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sturtevant DNR Service Center area

Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties - There is a lot of water around. It has been very good for the berries. Last weekend the black raspberries and mulberries were in their prime and quite large. The blackberries are just beginning to ripen but should be pickable in the next week or so. The elderberries are just starting to form from the flowers and look to be quite full too. Lots of turkeys are being seen in West Racine and Walworth counties, but not a whole lot of broods. Perhaps all the vegetation is hiding them or maybe the rain has hindered them a little. The moisture has been good for wildflowers up until the last couple days when some areas are starting to get flooded. At Chiwaukee Prairie in Kenosha County crews just completed annual eastern white fringed prairie orchid surveys. Some things in flower include culvers root, prairie dock, black eyed susans, indigo, blue flag iris, prairie phlox, flowering spurge, and lead plant just about to start. - Trent Leaf, conservation warden Kenosha

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South Central Region

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - Weekly Riverway Video Report Finally have a reprieve from the rain at least through Saturday. River flow is still high for this time of year, but there are some sandbars. There have been some heavy rains so watch for possible increase in flow. - Mark Cupp, executive director Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board

Horicon DNR Service Center area

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Summer wildflowers are starting to bloom with black-eyed susan, purple coneflower, butterfly weed and sunflowers in full bloom. Be aware of the wild parsnip that is also in full bloom, please do not touch it. The oils from the plant can react with UV rays from the sun and cause blisters and burns on the skin. Great egrets, great-blue herons, black terns, black-crowned night herons and marsh wrens are all present in good numbers on the marsh. Swallows are already starting to flock up and watch the muddy areas for our first waves of migrating shorebirds. Visit the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center on Highway 28 and the new Explorium for a great way to get the family outside and learn about natural resources. The floating boardwalk on Highway 49 is once again open after repairs. - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator

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West Central Region

La Crosse DNR Service Center area

Vernon County - Cedar waxwings, wood pewees, kingbirds, nighthawks, and whip-poor-wills have been very active lately, feeding heavily on flying insects - mainly assorted moths and flies. An abundance of mosquitoes and gnats are pestering man and beast alike. Larger animals like wild turkeys, deer, and coyotes attempt to evade these pesky insects by exposing themselves to daytime breezes in open areas such as fields and promontories. - Dave Matheys, wildlife biologist, Viroqua

Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area

Buckhorn State Park - There are still some mosquitoes. Remember to bring bug spray, screen tents and/or thermocells. The beach is a great place to hang out. Canoes, kayaks and bikes are available to rent. Friday, July 14 from 9-11 a.m., drop in at the north shelter to create something fun during an arts and crafts session. On Saturday, July 15, join our storyteller at the amphitheater at 7 p.m. to learn about native animals, sing songs and more! Join Karyn every Wednesday from July 5 through August 9 from 10-11 a.m. for QiGong (relaxation and meditation) Programs are free but park admission sticker required. - Heather Wolf, park manager



Last Revised: Thursday, July 13, 2017

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