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March 29, 2011

MADISON - Signs of spring: a robin, a crocus, a thunderstorm. Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine ushers in the season with its April/May issue.

The cover? Girls who go gaga for snakes and more. The story, Explore with the experts, encourages readers to get out and about and take in the natural wonders that Wisconsin offers. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, brings people closer to nature through great field trips that take them on land and into the water. From kayaking trips, to urban biking adventures, to banding Wisconsin's smallest owl, the NRF provides family friendly and some more physically challenging trips to keep your calendar full.

A feature story, A trout treasury, welcomes anglers to the good old days of trout fishing. Thanks to a combination of trout habitat improvements and catch and release, trout populations are thriving. Improvements are being seen not only in the total number of trout but trout in all size ranges.

Savor the Hunt and Share the Experience promotes the mentored hunting program as readers follow one mentor's experience leading a spring turkey hunt. It's a tribute to those who make the time to introduce others to new outdoors experiences.

Changing of the Guard recaps the legacy of a sturdy old work horse - the research vessel Barney Devine - and welcomes in a new research vessel set for service on Lake Michigan this year - the Coregonus. Watch for launch details to be released soon. One chapter of Lake Michigan history has come to an end, but a new era comes with improvements for fisheries staff safety and advancement in limnological sampling equipment.

Karner blue preservation linked to restoration encourages volunteers to bring back barrens and grasslands that provide critical habitat to the Karner blue butterfly. Volunteers in the network are finding that they gain a personal attachment to the unique natural areas that they improve with their own hands.

As a bonus, the issue contains the annual spring Fishing Forecast, a comprehensive look at what to expect in statewide fishing this year. It hints at hotspots for angler action and includes some fishery project updates.

And spring finds Creature Comforts getting back outside to plan for pet-friendly lawns and gardens. Traveler takes on down to earth fun with various spring rituals including Earth Day clean-up projects and sheep shearing.

Consider the magazine as a thoughtful gift (Mother's Day will be here before you know it!) that you can share throughout the year. Six colorful issues are delivered to reader's doors all year for less than $1.50 a copy. Year-round the magazine shares ways and place to enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors for only $8.97. Subscribe toll-free at 1-800-678-9472, online at or by mail. Subscription blanks and single issues are also available from our circulation office at PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Natasha Kassulke, editorial, at (608) 261-8446 or Karen Ecklund, circulation editor, at (608) 267-7410.

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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