MADISON - Spring is here. Don't let that lingering ice on the lakes convince you otherwise. The April/May issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is ready to get outdoors and joins the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin in encouraging people to join field trips around the state to places they might not have known even existed. The Foundation offers 150 field trips this year ranging from tagging butterflies to taking a dip to discover native mussels. A companion piece is meant to get people flocking to the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon in May.
The sad but true passenger pigeon story is brought to life in, "Remembering a lost bird." It's been 100 years since the passenger pigeon became extinct and commemorative events are being planned around the state.
"Wisconsin turtle populations at a crossing" provides advice for helping turtles make safe spring travels to nesting sites. "Building a path along Wisconsin's 'Gift of the Glaciers'" suggests other volunteer opportunities with the Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew.
"Your fish wish answered" unwraps the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative and how it just might improve angler chances of landing a keeper. "A healthy dose of flavor" makes a case for eating Wisconsin fish as a source of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
The author of "Talking turkey with my nephew" recalls a successful Learn to Hunt Turkey program that leaves a young man smiling. Looking for land to hunt on? The magazine has you covered for that, and other outdoors exploration, in "Public Access lands Atlas opens the doors to the outdoors."
The "Back in the Day" column is sure to get people talking baseball and more since it features photos of celebrity anglers like Ted Williams who wet a line in Wisconsin waters. "Traveler" takes us to a The Clearing in Door County. Fire-up the grill again with some barbecue sauce advice in the recipes column. Then gear up for the spring fishing season with a newspaper-style insert, "The Wisconsin Fishing Report 2014."
Remember to consider Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine as a thoughtful and inexpensive gift that gives all year. Share what you value about the outdoors with family, friends, customers and professional colleagues. Six colorful issues are delivered to reader's doors all year for less than $1.50 a copy. Year-round the magazine shares ways and place to enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors for only $8.97. Subscribe toll-free at 1-800-678-9472, online at www.wnrmag.com or by mail. Subscription blanks and single issues are also available from our circulation office at P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.