Contact(s): Andrea Zani, 608-267-9517, and Kathy Kahler, 608-266-2625, magazine editors
MADISON -- Get ready for spring and opportunities to head outdoors with the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, coming this week. The cover story highlights field trips offered by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, some led by Department of Natural Resources staff, with information on how to sign up when registration opens March 27.
The latest edition also includes stories related to two issues that often arise in spring: wildfires and flooding. One story tells the history of Smokey Bear, who is celebrating 75 years spreading a message of wildfire prevention. Smokey has some interesting ties to Wisconsin. Meanwhile, a special report on flooding looks back at several high-profile disaster events that affected the state last year and the many ways DNR responded.
Monarch butterflies are featured in the issue with a story on efforts to expand their habitat, one milkweed stem at a time. The Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network is featured, too, as it marks its 15th anniversary. A pullout brochure tied to both stories comes from the DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program and features ways to help monarchs, bumble bees, owls, frogs and more. Readers can remove and save the informative panels for future reference.
A story on Camp Menominee in Eagle River includes a Q&A with the camp's owner/director, who started as a young camper at the Sand Lake site and is back to oversee the experience for others. An article on the Prairie River, near Merrill, tells of trout fishing adventures in the wake of two dams being removed from the river in the 1990s. Along with the annual Wisconsin Fishing Report included in this issue, it will get readers ready for the 2019 hook-and-line season, which traditionally begins the first Saturday in May for most species and locations.
The regular "Back in the Day" feature recalls historic activities surrounding the smelt run - including the crowning of a Smelt Queen. And "Outside in Wisconsin" heads to Yellowstone Lake State Park in Lafayette County, where the 65th anniversary of the lake's formation is being marked this year.
Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is available for $8.97 per year. Subscribe at 1-800-678-9472 or online at wnrmag.com.