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Get to Know Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond

Get to Know Birds in Your Backyard and BeyondWisconsin is a bird loverís paradise. We have an amazing diversity of birds thanks in large part to our location along a major flyway for migrating birds and because we sit at the crossroads of the nationís eastern hardwood forests, western grasslands and northern pine forests. Test your knowledge of birds and enjoy learning a little more about our fine-feathered friends.

Owls are amazing!
Published: Mar 24, 2015

Eagles, Osprey, and Hawks
Due: 4/24/2015

Due: 5/24/2015

Breeding Birds
Due: 6/24/2015

Backyard Birds
Due: 7/24/2015

Due: 8/24/2015

Waterbirds (loons, grebes, herons, pelican, cormorant)
Due: 9/24/2015

Waterfowl (ducks, geese)
Due: 10/24/2015

Longspurs, lark, pipit
Due: 11/24/2015

Overwintering birds and Christmas bird count
Due: 12/24/2015

Due: 1/24/2016

New exhibits coming to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center

New exhibits coming to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor CenterConstruction of the new educational displays and hands-on exhibits will take over the center's main level on June 1 and continue in phases through August 2015. The exhibits will occupy portions of both the first floor and lower level, which opens onto a trail system winding through the 11,000 acre state marsh.

New exhibits showcase the story of the Horicon Marsh
Published: Dec 15, 2014

Effort to Dam Rock River in 1800s created flood of conflicting memories at Horicon
Published: Feb 24, 2015

Waterfowl and wildlife flocked to Horicon in late 1800s
Due: 4/15/2015

At turn of the 20th century, dredge and drain efforts changed Horicon landscape
Due: 6/15/2015

Restoration efforts started in 1920s continue to influence Horicon Marsh management today
Due: 8/15/2015

Celebrating 40 years of clean water progress in Wisconsin

Celebrating 40 years of clean water progress in WisconsinIn 1972, in the midst of a national concern about untreated sewage, industrial and toxic discharges, and the destruction of wetlands, the principal law to protect the nationís waters was passed. Two years later, Congress followed with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the primary law safeguarding our drinking water.

Clear Progress: The Clean Water Act at 40
Published: Oct 16, 2012

Good things happening on the Great Lakes
Published: Sep 5, 2013

Safe Water on Tap: 40 Years of the Safe Drinking Water Act
Published: May 5, 2014

2015 Sturgeon Week

2015 Sturgeon Week

Lake sturgeon have been cruising Wisconsinís waters for more than 150 million years. There are more of these ancient fish here in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the world, thanks to efforts of DNR, conservation groups and citizens. Learn more about sturgeon, the people, and the unique spearing season that binds generations of families together for fellowship, fun and big fish.

Sturgeon History
Published: Jan 29, 2014

Spearing season prospects
Published: Jan 31, 2014

All about sturgeon
Published: Feb 1, 2014

Sturgeon culture
Published: Feb 2, 2014

Decoys and shanties
Published: Feb 3, 2014

Record sturgeon
Published: Feb 4, 2014

How old is my sturgeon?
Published: Feb 5, 2014

Ice Conditions and Cutting In
Published: Feb 6, 2014

Last revised: Saturday, January 24, 2015

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