Frosty wolf howls, snowflake sleuthing and cold weather camping are among the winter delights awaiting readers of the December Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

MADISON – Searching for cozy fireside reading as the temperature begins its annual winter trek down the thermometer? Then grab something warm to drink and peruse the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine ( with us!

For many readers, hiking and camping in any weather is an exciting adventure. In our lead story, “In search of winter,” author Ed Culhane and his son snowshoe and backpack the Rainbow Lake Wilderness in Bayfield County and tackle nearly all the challenges one might expect on a winter retreat.

Winter weather also brings a mythical atmosphere to our state’s landscape; author Stephen Lars Kalmon shares such an experience from a moonlit night more than a half century ago in “Wolf song.”

For the snowflake savant in all of us, “Let it snow” provides readers a microscopic view of how different shaped flakes affect snow packs, snow depth and ultimately winter recreation across Wisconsin.

Going even deeper in “A world beneath the ice,” author Paul Skawinski and a small group of fellow intrepid biologists go below frozen lakes with probes and cameras to learn how underwater plants function and the role they serve in the ecosystem over the frigid winter months.

Of course you can’t talk about winter in Wisconsin without a story about life in the snowy north, and Charles Mortensen’s “Rewards of a little cabin in the woods” spins a tale about a once neglected cabin on Jackson Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Nation Forest.

Daydreaming about warmer climes is also a favorite winter hobby of many a Wisconsinite, and readers can find those moments in three feature stories in this month’s issue: “The great pretender” offers a wonderful view of the hog-nosed snake’s famous ability to put on a rattling good show; “A greater clarity” shows how yet again volunteer citizen monitoring can help lead to cleaner, clearer lakes; and “Choose wisely” gives great advice on “eating your catch,” whether one is fishing above the ice or quietly floating on the surface of your favorite warm-weather lake.

Finally, as always you can find tasty recipes in John Motoviloff’s “Keeping it wild,” read about some excellent winter activities in our regular “Traveler” section and marvel at one man’s 50 years’ worth of environmental education in “Back in the day.”

And don’t forget, one of the great perks of reading the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is our wonderful inserts. This month you get two for the price of one: the 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar and the Natural Heritage Conservation Program 2016 Annual Report. Fourteen photos were chosen from 275 entered from around the state in the FWSP photo contest. Find out more about the 2017 photo contest at (exit DNR).

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