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Eagle Watching Days celebrate nation's symbol

Bald eagle fishing.Bald eagle fishing.

Spend this New Year watching eagles soar over Wisconsin

SAUK PRAIRIE, Wis. - The release of four rehabilitated eagles on the Wisconsin River is just one of the many fantastic viewing opportunities the public will have this winter to observe our nation's symbol in Wisconsin.

The eagles were sick or injured and rehabilitated by Marge Gibson and staff at the Raptor Education Group's facilities in Antigo, Wisconsin. The release will occur from 1-2 p.m. at the VFW Park off Water Street in Prairie du Sac on Saturday, Jan. 17.

In addition, eagle watchers will find plenty of other opportunities at the growing number of organized eagle watching events this winter along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers, as well as other open water areas along state lakes and rivers.

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"The cold winter months of January and February are the best time of the year to observe concentrations of bald eagles along the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers," says Sumner Matteson, avian ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. "The best time to view wintering eagles is during the morning when they are actively searching for fish in open waters, such as sites below the Alliant Energy Dam in Prairie du Sac and Sauk City. We expect a large number of people to visit the Sauk Prairie, Cassville and Prairie du Chien areas in the coming weeks."

Eagle watching events and presentations are planned in communities around southern Wisconsin, including:

Links to more information on these events as well as other fast facts on eagles can be found on the eagle feature page of the DNR website. Notably, the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers boast the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

Bald eagles, listed as endangered in the 1970s on both state and federal endangered species lists, have since recovered after regulations were put into place to protect the species and following a ban on the pesticide DDT, which contributed to poor chick hatching rates. They were removed from the state list in 1997 and the federal list a decade later.

Wherever people see bald eagles in Wisconsin this winter, Matteson encourages prospective eagle watchers to keep their distance to avoid disturbing them. The best approach to viewing eagles is from a staffed viewing site or a parked car.

"Eagles need to conserve their energy for feeding flights and to survive our long Wisconsin winters so it's best not to disturb them or cause unnecessary movements, " says Matteson. "Enjoy their beauty and marvel at how they enliven our winter landscapes."

January 8 online chat set for discussing eagles

To learn more about bald eagles and events coming up this month celebrating them, join DNR biologists for a live, online chat at noon on Thursday, January 8.

To participate, visit the DNR home page, and search the phrase "ask the experts." Or join the conversation on DNR's Facebook page,, by clicking the "Cover it Live Chat" box on the top of the page.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sumner Matteson, NHC Avian Ecologist, 608-266-1571; Erin Gordon, DNR Communications, 608-264-8528



DNR Office of the Great Lakes invites entries for 7th Annual Photo Contest

Reflection, photo by Elena BalcerekReflection, photo by Elena Balcerek

MADISON - Professional and amateur photographers have until February 1 to submit their entries in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of the Great Lakes seventh annual Great Lakes photo contest.

Photos from all seasons are needed and will be accepted in the following categories: natural features and wildlife; cultural and historic features; people enjoying Wisconsin's great lakes; and lake protection activities.

Photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as well as their tributaries, wetlands and harbor towns are eligible. Winning photos will be featured in Wisconsin's Great Lakes 2015-2016 calendar, which will be distributed at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

Cold Morning
Chris Gaziano's "Cold Morning" was taken in Milwaukee.
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The Office of the Great Lakes also is accepting short essays, stories, poems and songs about Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Photos and written work may be used in the calendar and other Great Lakes publications as well as on the DNR website and in displays and presentations.

Path to Sunrise
Jeffrey Ewig's "Path to Sunrise" was captured at Kohler-Andrae State Park.
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The deadline for photo and written submissions is February 1. For details on how to enter, search the DNR website for "Great Lakes Photo Contest."

Winter photos also needed for Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar contest

With most of the state now covered in a blanket of snow, this is also a great time for photographers to take winter shots for the 2016 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar contest.

"There are lots of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons," said Patty Loosen, state friends group liaison with the Department of Natural Resources. "So we're asking for entries that include in addition to the beautiful scenery, activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and ice fishing and there are more than 30 candlelight events in parks this winter that could provide great photo opportunities."

Submissions for this contest are only accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2013).

Entries for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks photo contest entries will be accepted when the 2015 contest begins in early summer 2015. Watch the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website,, for details.

For a complete list of state park, forest and trail properties, search the DNR website for keywords "find a park," and for a list of events search "get outdoors."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo Temte, DNR water resources management specialist, 608-267-0555,



Waupaca Foundry applies for state Green Tier Program

WAUPACA, Wis. -- The public has an opportunity to comment on Waupaca Foundry's application for Wisconsin's Green Tier program. The application covers Waupaca Foundry's four facilities located in Waupaca and Marinette counties.

Waupaca Foundry is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier Program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. Green Tier encourages businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources, and applicants must also have a good environmental record as well as implement an Environmental Management System.

Waupaca Foundry is headquartered in Waupaca and operates six iron casting foundries in Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee. With more than 3,900 employees, Waupaca Foundry is the world's largest producer of gray, ductile, austempered ductile, and compacted graphite iron; melting more than 9,500 tons a day. Casting sizes range between 2 to 350 pounds and serves the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, agriculture and construction markets, as well as the hydraulics, material handling, and other industrial segments.

Waupaca Foundry re-melts/re-uses more than 800,000 tons of metal annually and seventy-five percent of the Foundry's sand by-product is reused for road and general construction, agriculture and geotechnical fill.

Waupaca Foundry was awarded the 2009 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence by the state of Wisconsin for a heat recovery project that reduced the amount of natural gas required annually by 600,000 decatherms, an amount equivalent to the emissions from 791 passenger cars. Waupaca Foundry is also a program partner of the Better Plants Program, a U.S. Department of Energy program where they pledge to reduce industrial energy intensity by 25 percent over the next decade.

Waupaca Foundry has a 10 year vision for sustainability with achievable goals for reducing their environmental impact:

The DNR will accept public comments on Waupaca Foundry's Green Tier application through Feb. 6, 2015. Comments may be directed to Tom Eggert, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, by email to, or by calling 608-267-2761.

More details about Waupaca Foundry can be found at (exit DNR). For more information about Waupaca Foundry's participation in Green Tier search the DNR website for keywords "Green Tier," and click on the tab for "see Green Tier applicants."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Eggert, 608-267-2761


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Last Revised: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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