RHINELANDER – Wild Instincts Director Mark Naniot hasn’t treated a snowy owl in 20 years. This year he’s had four.
Researchers think an irruption happens after a good breeding year, which usually happens when there’s a high population of their biggest prey, lemmings.
“When I see one I know it came from a very wild place. They spend their summers up in the arctic well north of us, a couple thousand miles north of us. I feel a connection to that place when I see a snowy owl right here in my backyard,” said Brady.
EAGLE RIVER – Take 3,000 blocks of ice, more than 100 volunteers, and a community built on ice and snow, and you’ve got just about everything you need to a build an ice castle.
“This is volunteerism at its best,” said Eagle River Fire Chief Michael Anderson.
The Eagle River Fire Department takes charge of building the ice castle each year.
It takes about five days to score the lake, harvest the ice, sand the blocks, and build the castle.
“Today is my favorite day. Pulling the ice out of the lake is my favorite day,” said Anderson. “It’s intense. You have to get all the ice out in one day. All the guys working together on the ice, doing this with the deadline that we have to meet.”
Nearly 350,000 acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest make up Forest County. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the county is Franklin Lake Campground, one of the most popular campgrounds in the forest.
BAYFIELD, WI- For the third year in a row, Martha Schouweiler won the Beargrease Mid-Distance Race in northern Minnesota. She’s the first person to ever do so. This year, she won it by only five seconds.
The snow cancelled my original weekend plans so instead I took advantage of the warm weather and went hiking around northern Wisconsin.
Holmboe Conifer Forest State Natural Area
Copper Falls State Park
EAGLE RIVER – When you meet Adam Lehl, he skips the handshake in lieu of a pen and paper.
“They look at you kind of strange,” said Lehl.
The Wisconsin native asks random people to write their alphabet in his notebook.
“Pick a page, write your alphabet and whatever you’d like to call yourself,” said Lehl.
But that’s just the start of it. Lehl uses it as way to break down barriers and get people to open up to him.
ATHENS– Maple syrup season usually starts about three weeks from now.
But this unusually warm weather has maple sap flowing and maple syrup producers hard at work.
The early start has potential for a great season, but that’s mixed with concern for producers.
MARATHON COUNTY – Summer in Wisconsin doesn’t last long enough for a lot of people. Those of us who love to hike and camp are left trying to squeeze in those adventures in a short time frame.
But some UW-Stevens Point students don’t let the seasons or the snow stop them from enjoying the outdoors.
EAGLE RIVER – Skates, hockey sticks, and lots of beer–hockey players showed up with all the essentials. The USA Pond Hockey tournament brings hundreds of people to Eagle River every year. Bill Hermes and Dave Cavanaugh have journeyed from Grays Lake to Eagle River for the last 12 years.
Alina & Dave got married October 8 at Alina’s parents place in Upper Michigan. The two met in Alaska. That’s also where Dave proposed to Alina.
“Finally in March of 2016 Dave came up with a bulletproof plan to ask Alina to walk beside him on the adventure of life. The plan involved asking “the question” on top of Donnelly Dome in a wind and snow storm and negative temperatures, assuming she would be too cold and disoriented to say no. The plan worked, and the rest is history.”
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Luce. I wish you both every happiness.