A new pilot project to “capture” wildlife one of many stories highlighted in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine’s August issue

MADISON – A pilot project to capture wildlife through the power of photography leads the list of stories in this month’s Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer effort involving a network of trail cameras that eventually will be set up around the state to track wildlife in forest, fields and streams of our state.

Anyone can be involved – you don’t need a wildlife degree, just a little training, a computer with internet access and a willingness to spend time tracking some of your favorite animals!

In “Hunting without harvest” we stay true to the theme of using a camera, pen, notebook or just your memory to capture the unique looks, sounds and feel of our incredible Wisconsin wildlife. You can even learn more through a Hunting Without Harvest Workshop being held at Treehaven Field Station this September.

In the June issue of the magazine we celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. This month we celebrate three state parks turning 50 years old. Hartman Creek, Lake Kegonsa and Mirror Lake state parks were all created in 1966. Read about all the fun activities planned in all three parks as they celebrate the half-century mark.

Though we’ve moved into the “Dog Days” of summer, August is still a great time to get involved in native plantings, and we highlight some of the excellent benefits of native gardens -helping keep runoff at bay, attracting more butterflies and adding to the beauty of your backyard landscape – as well as some great tips to get you started.

From natives to non-natives, you can read about some of the interesting science behind nature’s invasive “super weed” – Eurasian watermilfoil. In an effort to better understand the impacts of EWM in Wisconsin, DNR staff compiled a decade’s worth of data collected on hundreds of waterbodies across the state.

No matter what plants lurk about in our marshes, “Getting to know the gray ghosts” is a sharp essay on the northern harrier, or better known by many as the marsh hawk. If you should see a large bird with a white patch on the base of its tale, skimming low over fields or marshy areas, chances are you’re watching one of these magnificent birds.

With September just around the corner, kids and parents can read about efforts to “think outside the bin” as schools around the state are closing the composting loop by taking their food wastes out of the landfill cycle and starting their own composting programs. You can also learn about one student’s efforts to kickstart plastics recycling in her Oshkosh community.

Finally, in a tip of the hiking cap to a Wisconsin legend, we look to the past as part of a DNR effort to restore the boyhood haunts of John Muir. Muir grew up exploring the Wisconsin wilderness, and through the magazine you can read about how we’re working hard to reclaim some rare landscapes in Marquette County.