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MADISON - The monarch butterfly is ready for its close up in the August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The issue features a striking cover photo of a monarch tagged for research and a story on "Minding our monarchs," including details on how citizen scientists can help these winged wonders. A second story, "Port Edwards earns monarch crown," shares how one couple's dedication has helped to net Monarch Village USA designation for that central Wisconsin city.
Water-related stories are a big part of the current magazine. "Roadmap to a revitalized Green Lake" looks at ways the treasured spot is being aided through a comprehensive lake management plan, while "To catch a crayfish" tells how biology students at Pittsville High School in Wood County are helping their local Yellow River ecosystem with removal of an invasive species. "Confessions of a 'river keeper'" profiles retired teacher Paul Hayes, who is leading restoration work at Weister Creek in the state's Driftless Area. And "Milwaukee duo plans walk on waters" offers information on Great Lakes outreach efforts--in the form of an upcoming 330-mile hike from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior--by two women who work for Milwaukee County Parks.
Wildlife stories included in the August issue are "Big on bobcats," about a DNR tracking program that has provided data on the state's growing population, and "Triumph for wild turkeys," which revisits successful reintroduction of the birds 30 years ago in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit.
In "Master woods worker," the long career of Peninsula State Park's lumberjack, Lance Olson, is celebrated. And fishing gets its due in the dog days of August with a story about "Angling for summer catfish" and another on "Freshwater monsters," the venerable lake sturgeon.
"Back in the Day" takes readers to July 1947 with an excerpt from that month's "Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin" extolling the American road trip and its appeal in "Wonderful Wisconsin." Modern road trips, the two-wheel type, are highlighted in "Wisconsin Traveler," with a list of 10 biking events scheduled statewide for August and September.
Other regular magazine features include "Keeping it wild: Outdoor food and forays," which explores "Panfish pleasures," "Readers Write" letters and photos; and "Wisconsin naturally," spotlighting Kissick Alkaline Bog Lake State Natural Area, just west of Hayward.
For more on Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, check online at http://wnrmag.com.