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June 2, 2015

June 2015 WNR magazine

MADISON -- Two historical celebrations top Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine's list of stories in the June issue. Hop on board as the magazine takes a look at a Wisconsin project that spawned a nationwide movement in "Celebrating a half century of rail trails," and from a loftier vantage, "A centennial year for DNR aviation." "Back in the day" pays tribute to DNR's first unofficial pilot, Jack Vilas, who helped put Wisconsin in the forefront of forestry operations as the first flying fire ranger in the world.

Another historical piece tells the story of the 1939 discovery of Cave of the Mounds in "Where history and nature meet." The Brigham family, on whose property the cave was discovered more than 75 years ago, continues its devotion to preserving this land as a Wisconsin treasure to behold for future generations.

"And the winners are..." - a photo contest sponsored by Dane County's Four Lake Wildlife Center - reminds us to leave wildlife in the wild. Other wildlife stories explore the hidden language of the loon ("Loon language"), the success of local birders in bringing bluebirds back from the brink ("Bluebirds brought them together"), and an appreciation for a lowly rowboat on a quiet northern lake ("Simply fishing").

The creepy-crawlies are represented by "Jumping worms," a story about the disturbing spread of this new invasive to Wisconsin's forests. The buzz about Wisconsin's pollinators and their importance to our economy and landscape is the focus of "Bee aware," and "Peninsula State Park pollinators." "Mushrooms galore" gives advice for distinguishing which ephemeral delicacies from Wisconsin's third kingdom are safe to eat.

The magazine praises the efforts of citizen scientists in "Showing a passion for Wisconsin's wild places," and "Dive into the Secchi Dip-in." "Wisconsin, naturally" explores Inch Lake State Natural Area in Bayfield County, while "Wisconsin Traveler" promotes the new Horicon Marsh Explorium as a top-notch destination in all four seasons.

The June issue also includes an insert for helping kids discover Wisconsin's state symbols in "The symbol sleuths," and a brochure reminding us to "Keep wildlife wild."

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    Last Revised: Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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