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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
05/02/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

If heading out to a Wisconsin state park this weekend, please remember that an annual park or trail pass is required for entry.

All state parks have updated hours of operation from 6 am to 7 pm and will be closed on Wednesdays. (Northern forests, flowages, and the Lower Wisconsin Riverway system are exempt from these changes.)

All restrooms, water fountains, buildings, and facilities are also closed at all state parks.

Annual park and trail admission stickers can currently only be purchased from the DNR over the phone at 1-888-305-0398 from 8 am to 3 pm daily. We are experiencing a high volume of calls. Please be patient and keep trying.

Be more than safe and stay healthy out there.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
05/02/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Itching to get back on the water?

Good news – the 2020 game fish season opens on Saturday, May 2!

The weather is going to be perfect for this year’s opener, but there are a few things we need you to know.
🎣 All normal rules and regulations apply including the need for a valid 2020-2021 fishing license and bag limits
🎣 Fish local in your community and have a backup plan, just in case
🎣 Boat launches are open at all open DNR properties – check locally for the availability for your favorite close-to-home launch
🎣 Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself and others you don’t live with
🎣 Add hand sanitizer to your tacklebox
🎣 Consider wearing a mask – the CDC recommends them in public settings to protect yourself and others

Things might look a little different for the fishing opener in 2020. Create a new tradition. Find a new favorite fishing spot close to home. Facetime your friends to share in the experience.

Brush up on the regulations, read this year’s fishing report and more at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Fishing/

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
04/02/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Friendly reminder that as of April 1, you need a 2020 fishing license. If you don't have one already, buy your new license today at gowild.wi.gov.

Wisconsin’s waters are open for fishing – all regular rules and regulations apply, including the need for a valid license, season dates, and bag limits. Anglers are encouraged to fish in their communities only and to practice social distancing no matter where they fish.

Read up on the 2020-2021 Hook and Line Regulations, here:https://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/fh/fh0301.pdf

Village of Mukwonago
03/24/2020

Village of Mukwonago

You can request an absentee ballot by mail on https://myvote.wi.gov
Again, thank you for being patient with us as we work through these challenges and continue to provide everyone the opportunity to vote. If you have any questions or need assistance, please give us a call at (262) 363-6420.

03/24/2020

Phantom Lakes Management District meeting for March 26, 2020 has been cancelled.

Town of Mukwonago Parks & Recreation Department
03/18/2020

Town of Mukwonago Parks & Recreation Department

FROM THE TOWN OF MUKWONAGO CLERKS OFFICE:

In the interest of safety for our staff and our residents The Town of Mukwonago is urging voters to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

REGISTERED VOTERS:
To request an absentee ballot online, voters can go to www.myvotewi.gov and follow the prompts. You must request a ballot by 5pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

VOTERS THAT NEED TO REGISTER:
Today, Wednesday, March 18 is the last day for mailed AND on-line voter registrations. If you need to register at your current address go to www.myvotewi.gov and register today. You can additionally check your registration status on this site. Please plan ahead and register to vote TODAY!

For more information go to the Town of Mukwonago website at www.townofmukwonago.us

Thank you.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
03/13/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Residents in southeast Wisconsin may have seen plumes of smoke coming from DNR land in the last two weeks. These are winter prescribed burns and are typically conducted in marshes and wetlands, particularly where cattails are present.

These burns are "prescribed" to remove the excess dead vegetation and increase open water for waterfowl to use during the breeding and nesting seasons. A number of these burns have taken place on wildlife areas in Waukesha, Walworth, Dodge and Washington counties.

Why do we do them in winter? To significantly reduce wildfire risk.

Cattails release a lot of heat when burned, and the thick fuels can make suppression efforts difficult. Burning with snow cover allows our burn crews to safely ignite on the frozen marsh while drastically reducing the threat of a wildfire. As new growth begins to appear in the next several weeks, this site will be an attractive spot for our returning migratory waterfowl.

Check here https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html to see a map of where we are conducting prescribed burns around the state.

North American Lake Management Society
03/13/2020

North American Lake Management Society

July has been #LakesAppreciation Month for the past 22 years; to celebrate, we are inviting elementary, middle, and high school students to submit posters reflecting on how important lakes are to all of us! Submitted artwork will be a big part of NALMS’ celebrations through July across North America. Posters should be in digital format and are due by May 15, 2020.

Visit https://www.nalms.org/lakes-appreciation-month/poster-contest/ for full contest details. #LAMPosterContest

Village of Mukwonago
03/04/2020

Village of Mukwonago

Is your Waukesha County property at risk of flooding? Find out at the Flood Risk Information Open House on Wednesday, March 4th, at 6:00 pm at the Community Room in Mukwonago Village Hall, 440 River Crest Court, Mukwonago, WI. Updated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Upper Fox Watershed portion of Waukesha County will be on display for public review in preparation for the upcoming 90-day appeal period. Representatives from local and state agencies will be available to answer questions about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping in Waukesha County communities.

Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents should take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community.

Find flood zone maps for the Upper Fox River Watershed at https://msc.fema.gov/. Search for your community and select “preliminary products” to view the new floodplain maps.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
03/02/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Questions about shanty removal dates? Take note.

After the deadline for your area, shanties must be removed every day. You can still use a shanty, but you have to be in it -- you can’t set it up, leave to grab lunch, and come back 4 hours later.

All ice fishing shelters must be removed from the ice daily and when not in use by these dates:
✔️ MARCH 15TH for Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior, inland waters north of Highway 64 and Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters
✔️ MARCH 8TH for inland waters south of Highway 64

Deadlines to remove shanties from the ice have already passed for:
✔️ Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters
✔️ Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
02/27/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Consumers who buy treated firewood or collect it locally play a vital role in protecting forests from invasive species.

Wisconsin agencies and firewood producers use compliance agreements to minimize the potential negative impacts of trade, including the risk of spreading invasives, while allowing for continued business operations.

Learn more about the regulations that affect firewood producers, loggers, and log haulers: https://forestrynews.blogs.govdelivery.com/2020/02/17/fighting-invasives-together-through-responsible-firewood-practices/

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
02/24/2020

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

'Tis the season for ice fishing! Fishing on "hard water" is a great way to enjoy winter in Wisconsin.

While it may seem like aquatic invasive species (AIS) aren't a concern during cold temperatures, remember to follow state law:
☑️ Inspect
☑️ Remove
☑️ Drain
☑️Never Move

Inspect sleds, buckets, and lures for AIS hitchhikers and remove them, even the tiniest animal or plant fragment, like these quagga mussels. If you added water to a minnow bucket, that bait can now only be used on the same waterbody.

And always remember - no ice is safe ice!

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
11/05/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Above-average precipitation throughout Wisconsin has led to flooding, record-high river levels and abnormally wet ground heading into winter, setting the stage for a significant spring flood season.

Some homeowners risk losing their homes due to shoreline erosion or have already seen them fall into the water. The DNR is helping at-risk shoreline homeowners throughout the state by authorizing emergency repairs or preventive measures to save structures.

If your home is at risk, now is the time to contact us about protecting your property. Learn more at http://ow.ly/uH3050x2zb3

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
11/01/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Calling all fourth through sixth graders!

The Department of Natural Resources' second annual Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest has begun! The contest runs from November 1st to February 14th.

Students currently in fourth through sixth grade may submit a poster for the competition. First, second and third place finalists will be selected for each grade level, and finalists will be announced April 5th-11th during our third annual Keep Wildlife Wild week.

Wisconsin's Keep Wildlife Wild initiative began in 2014, with a focus on providing information about wildlife species natural behaviors, tips on how to determine if a wild animal is truly orphaned and what to do if someone finds a wild animal in need of assistance.

The poster design must contain the words "Keep Wildlife Wild 2020" and follow the theme of the Keep Wildlife Wild tagline: "A young wild animal's best chance for survival is with its mother!"

Learn more about the poster contest and Keep Wildlife Wild at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/posterdesigncontest.html

09/16/2019
Friends of the Mukwonago River, Inc.

Friends of the Mukwonago River, Inc.

Village of Mukwonago
Notice of Meeting and Agenda

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Time: 6:30 p.m.
Mukwonago Municipal Building/Community Room, 440 River Crest Court

https://villageofmukwonago.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-09-18-VB-Agenda-09132019.pdf

It is not known whether there will be public comment allowed, but please feel free to attend and voice your opinions if possible. This PUD will have an impact on wetlands and the Mukwonago River.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
08/15/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Blue-green algae are a natural part of all Wisconsin rivers and lakes. When nutrients in the water increase, so do algae. This increase in algae, called a bloom, is more common in late summer. Some blue-green algae blooms produce toxins that can be dangerous when ingested.

Local public health agencies can't continually monitor beaches for blue-green algae. Watch for and avoid swimming in water that looks green like "pea soup," appears scummy, or has floating mats that may be green, blue, white, red, or brown. Also, be sure to choose the clearest water you can find for small children and dogs to use.

Dogs won't instinctively know if the water is safe when they jump in, so keep them out of unsafe conditions and prevent them from drinking untreated water. Dogs are especially susceptible to blue-green algae toxins because they swallow more water than humans while swimming.

What should you watch for if your dogs (or you!) have gone swimming in potentially affected water?
💧 vomiting
💧 diarrhea
💧 weakness
💧 difficulty breathing
💧 seizures

Symptoms may begin within minutes of exposure.

If you or your dog exhibits these symptoms or if you think your dog might have been exposed, contact your doctor or veterinarian right away. Learn more at https://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/bluegreenalgae/

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
08/10/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

What’s the “big whoop” about this bird? Whooping cranes are listed as critically endangered in North America, with a wild population estimated at less than 700 individuals. This particular bird, identified by his leg bands as whooping crane 1-17, is a member of one cohort raised in captivity to supplement the wild population.

1-17 was hatched at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland in April of 2017. His journey most recently brought him all the way to Jackson County, Wisconsin where he made a special appearance on a Snapshot Wisconsin camera.

With over 2,000 cameras deployed and maintained by volunteers across Wisconsin, it is only a matter of time before another rare species debuts on a Snapshot Wisconsin camera!

Interested in hosting your own Snapshot Wisconsin camera? Get involved today at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/research/projects/snapshot/

North American Lake Management Society
07/30/2019
North American Lake Management Society

North American Lake Management Society

It's time for your daily "awe!"

The Loon Project has documented a pair of common loons in northern Wisconsin that adopted a mallard duckling that was likely separated from its family. The duckling has since adopted behaviors atypical for mallards. 🦆

Retzer Nature Center
07/27/2019
Retzer Nature Center

Retzer Nature Center

How much nature is enough? Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors!

#DiscoverYourParks #WaukeshaCoParks #OptOutside

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
07/26/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Every summer, the DNR and partner groups band migratory waterfowl across the state.

These photos show goose banding from Green Bay and duck banding from Collins Marsh State Wildlife Area in Manitowoc County. When banded, waterfowl are identified, sexed, aged and released uninjured back into the wild, where they’ll help provide valuable information about their survival, harvest, and recovery rates.

Waterfowl banded at Collins Marsh have been reported as far south as Colombia in South America and all the way up near the Arctic Circle in Canada. One mallard banded at the property even made the 2,900-mile trek to Iceland.

Have you seen a banded or collared bird? Report it at www.reportband.gov.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
07/18/2019
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

"They're more than a delectable snack for muskrats, otters, and ducks — freshwater mussels are an integral part of aquatic ecosystems. They act as marine kidneys, filtering sediments and nutrients that can spawn algae blooms, as well as pesticides and heavy metals in water." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Freshwater mussels play an integral role in Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems, yet over half of Wisconsin's 50 native mussel species are endangered, threatened or considered a species of concern.

Mussel monitoring has become an increasingly important job for the DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation program.

Learn how the work gets done in this article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they interview DNR conservation biologists and mussel surveyors, Jesse Weinzinger and Jason Brabant: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2016/07/19/dnr-counts-the-mussels-living-in-wisconsin-waters/87342040/

Imagine the view from the lake.
07/11/2019

Imagine the view from the lake.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
07/10/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

As we enter the warmer part of the summer, we also enter the season for blue-green algae blooms that can cause sickness in people and animals.

Want know more about what blue-green algae is, how to identify it and the health effects of algal toxins?!

Tune in to our webinar on Monday, July 15 at noon at https://tinyurl.com/y4kwz5cu. You'll get the answers to these questions and more from the DNR's water quality monitoring professionals and our partners from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
07/09/2019

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The 2019 Wisconsin spring waterfowl survey results are in, and they show stable to increased numbers for the state’s main species of waterfowl as well as excellent wetland conditions across much of Wisconsin.

The mallard population estimate saw a slight decrease to a stable population, and wood duck populations were virtually unchanged. Estimates for blue-winged teal and Canada geese increased in 2019.

For mallards, Canada geese and wood ducks, Wisconsin remains above the long-term average.

Read the full survey results:https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/documents/reports/waterfowlsurv19.pdf

📸: George Gentry and Donna Dewhurst // U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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