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April 4, 2017

MADISON - Just in time for spring, the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is packed with information about the state's beautiful outdoors areas - and great ways to enjoy them.

Anchoring the April issue is a story highlighting some of the many field trips organized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "Unleash your wild side" includes trip dates and details, plus information on how to register for the excursions designed to accommodate a variety of interests and age groups.

"The Wonder of the Dunes" introduces readers to the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers. This Department of Natural Resources-designated "globally significant" 1,300-acre gem on the shores of Lake Michigan features diverse terrain and a variety of special habitats.

Readers will find out how a group of schoolchildren in the Middleton-Cross Plains district worked to help the bluebird of happiness stay that way. "The Wren-i-gade" spins a tale of bird bullies, creative kids and a unique nest box solution. "Learning rooted in place" also focuses on students, exploring how place-based learning connects kids to the natural world at schools in Montello and Highland.

"Greener pastures" examines the emerging practice of conservation grazing on public lands and its benefits to both ranchers and wildlife managers, with a case study from the Buena Vista Wildlife Area.

For something fun and fanciful, readers can check out the story of an unusual backyard visitor, "Hilda, the unmuffled grouch," a whimsical tale recalling a silly bird that stole one family's heart some six decades ago.

John Motoviloff's regular feature, "Keeping it wild: Outdoor food and forays," takes time for "Talking turkey, from field to fork," addressing everything from how to handle the bird after the hunt to tasty ways to enjoy it at the table.

In the magazine's other regular features, "Back in the day" uncovers the mystery behind an abandoned homestead in the woods of Crawford County, and Thomas A. Meyer's "Wisconsin, naturally" takes readers to Bradley Creek Swamp Conifers State Natural Area in Portage County.

And anglers won't want to miss the 2017 Spring Fishing Report insert. Like so much else in the April magazine, it's just in time to enjoy the season.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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