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Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes adopts Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County

Published by Central Office March 14, 2017

Contact(s): Tim Lizotte, DNR Adopt a Wildlife Area program coordinator, 262-364-7581

MADISON - The Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes has joined forces with Department of Natural Resources staff to manage Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program.

Members of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes and Department of Natural Resources staff are working together to enhance Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County.
Members of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes and Department of Natural Resources staff are working together to enhance Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County.
Photo Credit: DNR

Members of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes and Department of Natural Resources staff are working together to enhance Thunder Lake Wildlife Area in Oneida County.

State wildlife officials say the Adopt a Wildlife Area program provides a positive impact to the environment, while giving people of all ages and interests an opportunity to participate in hands-on conservation work.

"From the outset, DNR staff have been very supportive of the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lake's creation and goal of making the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area a popular destination for birding and wildlife enthusiasts - our club could not have accomplished what it has without DNR assistance," said Bill Lamon, Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes president. "DNR staff have made presentations to the club and provided counsel and direction to ensure that club initiatives are consistent with DNR goals for the area."

To date, club members have accomplished the following work with help from DNR staff, with an overall goal of improving public access for birding and wildlife observation:

Future improvements are planned at Thunder Lake Wildlife Area as this great partnership continues to grow.

Thanks to help from the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes, work is underway to improve opportunities to observe wildlife at Thunder Lake.
Thanks to help from the Nicolet Bird Club of Three Lakes, work is underway to improve opportunities to observe wildlife at Thunder Lake.
Photo Credit: DNR
Adopt a Wildlife Area

Wisconsin State Fisheries Areas, Wildlife Areas, Flowages, Wild Rivers and Riverways provide critical fish and wildlife habitat along with outstanding nature based recreation. Adopt a Wildlife Area Participants receive a first-hand look at how the department uses management goals to maintain thousands of acres of property throughout Wisconsin and play a key role in enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for others to enjoy.

Key adoption activities include habitat enhancements, invasive species control, nest box construction, trail and facility maintenance, and more. All safety and maintenance equipment, training, and certification is provided by the department.

Those interested in adopting a State Fish or Wildlife Area can participate individually, or as part of a group by submitting an application [PDF] at the nearest DNR office location.

To learn more about adopting a Wisconsin Wildlife Area, visit the department website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "volunteer."

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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