This Week: July 2, 2021

Round-up of weekly news for Wisconsin landowners



Image or monarch caterpillar eating milkweed leaf.

Natural Connections: A heat wave makes the caterpillars grow

Sawyer County Record
June 26, 2021

The tiny and translucent monarch butterfly eggs are deposited on milkweed leaves, because that’s the only food the caterpillars can eat.

Caterpillars eat almost constantly, and can increase in size by 200 to 10,000 times before they become an adult.

Prescribed fire management

This paper presents a synthesis of the most important recent work on the effects of prescribed fire on soil, water and vegetation and assesses the validity of the use of fire as a management tool.


Forest management and bats

Perry recently led the team that updated Forest Management and Bats, a booklet designed for private landowners and anyone managing forests. “One of the best things forest landowners can do for bats is to thin the midstory of overly dense forest stands,” says Perry. “Most bats cannot forage very well in really dense, cluttered forests.” Prescribed fire and cutting small trees and shrubs can help create open forests.

Image of fire truck extending its ladder over washed our section of roadway with new culvert laying the bottom.

Hydrologic restoration being explored as flood control option
Published: Jul 1, 2021, 11:10 AM

An approach pioneered in Ashland County following the 2016 floods on the Marengo River could help landowners in Vernon County deal with flooding issues along upper reaches of the storied Kickapoo River. The Vernon County Flood Mitigation Alliance (FMA) and Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA) are working together to pursue flood mitigation efforts in the Kickapoo River Valley.

Logo for Pollinator Week with hummingbird feeding on wild columbine flower.

Pollinators are essential to life on Earth and they need our help

Price County Review

Pollinator Week, recognized last week — June 21 to 27, is a great time to start getting involved in helping pollinators because they are in major decline. Here are some tips from the Pollinator Partnership on why pollinators are so important in our lives and how we can help them.

Image of frame with honey bees. Beekeeper's finger points to queen..

Local bees on the decline due to climate change, parasites

Janesville Gazette
Gazzette Extra

With summer now in full swing, flowers are in bloom and pollinators are out in force helping with a vital process on which 30% of the world’s food crops depend.

Except one major contributor isn’t as abundant as it once was—wild bees.

Local farmers have attributed the decline in bees, both wild and managed, to climate change and parasites.

Wisconsin Degree Days

Many plants sprout and flower based on how warm it has been. Check out this chart from the Wisconsin DATCP to see how your neck of the woods compares with average temperatures so far this year.

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