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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

October 2005

Readers Write

Stunning Photos
Incorrect Website
Native Gardening
Kudos For Redheads
Two-wheeling Tour
UPDATE: New Technology Means More Wisconsin Water

Stunning Photos

© Dave Crehore

Please give my congratulations to Dave Crehore on his photography skills (Show more with less, June 2005). The pictures are stunning.

Katherine Esposito

For those who want to see the complete set of photos that accompanied Mr. Crehore's story, see Show more with less.

Incorrect Website

On the back of the June 2005 issue I saw a beautiful place (Wisconsin, naturally – Milwaukee River and Swamp State Natural Area). I have tried the URL listed and been told it doesn't exist.

Arthur J. Sprader

Thanks for pointing out the incorrect listing for that State Natural Area, located within the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The correct listing is Milwaukee River and Swamp.

Native Gardening

I was just enjoying my August 2005 issue and the article about the roadside cup plants (Let the cup be unbroken). My husband is creating some new beds around our suburban yard and we are ever watchful for native plants which would attract birds and butterflies. Can you advise us as to where we could find these plants for purchase. Also, do you know anything about them? Are they good plants for suburban gardens?

Carole McGibany
Menomonee Falls

Carole, we suspect that local nurseries that handle perennial plants can help you find cup plant. Another good source of information is The Wild Ones, a nationwide organization that advocates natural landscaping. Visit Wild Ones Chapters.

Kudos for Redheads

Just a note to thank the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for publishing this beautiful and informative magazine. I just got through reading the August 2005 issue and had to let you know how much I enjoyed all the articles. There's always something that gives you more knowledge on a subject or just takes you away to somewhere special in Wisconsin. I especially enjoyed the article on the red-headed woodpecker's return (The return of the loud redheads). Hope a lot of landowners can help in restoring snag habitat so these beautiful birds will become more abundant. Keep up the good work of reporting about the great outdoors in Wisconsin, this wonderful state we call home.

Al Huschka
Richland Center

The article on the red-headed woodpeckers looks great. Rich King and I are very hopeful that it will influence some private landowners and public property managers to manage for this species.

Would you correct one small error for readers? In the caption to my map on page 17, the publication described these routes as "mean counts on 55 Wisconsin bird banding routes." These were actually breeding bird survey routes [conducted as part of the state and nationwide project to map and track birds' breeding territories over time].

William P. Mueller, Conservation Issues Committee Chair
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Two-Wheeling Tour

Thanks for the great story on elegant ecotourism on two wheels in the August 2005 issue (Tour de Fitchburg) – no riders left behind. This article brought the event to life and will be very much appreciated by the communities involved. The writing was excellent and it is a very fine piece. Thank you!

Karl Gutknecht, CycleVentures International

Update: New Technology Means More Wisconsin Water

New tools and high quality data have enabled the state to more accurately account for the number and size of Wisconsin's water bodies. That means there are really 84,500 miles of rivers and streams, where we once thought there were 57,700 miles. The new calculations also show Wisconsin's 15,057 lakes stretch across 1.2 million acres, not the .9 million acres reported a few years ago.

This new electronic water data is available to the public in an easy to use map called the Surface Water Data Viewer. The viewer gives the public and DNR the ability to click and point on a map and reach up-close views of water resources, locations of dams, impaired waters, outstanding and exceptional resource waters and floodplains.

"It's sort of like having a street address on the water for everything we do," says Ann Schachte, Geographical Information System (GIS) specialist. "It's a visual way of displaying all of the information in one place."

New information will be added to the map in the future, including water monitoring data, community growth data, and the location of activities that require DNR permits, such as wastewater discharges.