Natural Connections: Snowshoe Field Trip

Over the course of 2 days, 102 third graders learned about winter ecology on the Mammal Tour at the North End Trailhead.

Natural Connections: Glacial Refugia

Millennia after glaciation, the Northwoods of Wisconsin have become a refugium for species trying to survive a modern climate.

Natural Connections: The Wandering Grosbeak

Evening grosbeaks are beautiful and infrequent winter visitors to our feeders.

Wisconsin DNR Asks Public To Report Black Bear Den Locations

The Wisconsin DNR encourages the public to report any black bear den locations they find across Wisconsin.

Wisconsin DNR Publishes 2022 Fish Stocking Summary

Over Six Million Fish Stocked Throughout Wisconsin Waterbodies.

Permanent Ice Shanty Removal Dates For Wisconsin Approaching

The Wisconsin DNR reminds ice anglers that it’s time to remove their permanent ice shanties from Wisconsin’s waters.

Natural Connections: 'The Last Of Us' In Real Life

"I discovered something that made even my mushroom guy go 'wow!' Not that’s a successful hike."

Natural Connections: Bear Babies

One of the student researchers from UW Stevens Point looks and listens for signs of cubs in an active bear den.

Natural Connections: Patterns In Sand

The lichens and mosses here are gripping on to sand grains eroded from the cliffs above the sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

DNR To Host Virtual Listening Session For Proposed Wolf Management Plan

Registration is required by noon CST on Feb. 6 for anyone wishing to provide comment.

Natural Connections: Two Shades Of Nuthatch

"Whatever the reason, I’m enjoying the abundance of cute alarm clocks at my window."

Natural Connections: Scatology In The Classroom And On The Trail

"'Ewww!!!' exclaimed the second graders as I pulled a large rubber replica of bear scat out of the tub."

Natural Connections: Foraging Fervor

Warning: this essay might make you hungry!

Early Catch And Release Season For Trout Opens On Jan. 7, 2023

Do you know the physical differences between Wisconsin’s four species of inland trout?

Natural Connections: Wings On The Ground

"Winter storms are a well-publicized source of mortality for monarchs in the preserves."

Barron County Snowmobile Trails To Open This Saturday

Lakes are not safe for travel. It is recommended to stay off the lakes.

Natural Connections: Monarch’s Sacred Trees

Monarch butterflies as we know them in the Northwoods—gliding gently on the humid swirl of summer—are intimately tied to milkweed plants.

Natural Connections: Monarch Magic

A monarch perches on one of the vibrantly colored Salvia flowers in the oyamel fir forest.

Wisconsin DNR Extends Public Comment Period On New Wolf Management Plan

The review period is extended until Feb. 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Natural Connections: Butterflies, Pyramids, And Volcanoes

"Volcanoes provide shelter to butterflies, a model for pyramids, and inspiration to many cultures. And finally, their pull in the Lake Superior basin draws me home."

Natural Connections: Big Tracks And Cold Toes

Big bear tracks head through a balsam thicket toward a wetland.

Spongy Moth Population Increases For Third Consecutive Year In Wisconsin

Rates of spread to uninfested areas higher than usual in the northwest.

Northwest WI Regional Weekly Construction Update - Dec. 2, 2022

Road construction project updates for Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.

Natural Connections: Moving North

Red-bellied woodpeckers may use our bird feeders to help them survived extra-cold days as they move north even faster than winter warms.