DNR: Warm weather keeps some migratory birds away
Article courtesy of the Associated Press
November 11, 2001
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The unseasonably warm weather
has delayed the arrival of many migratory waterfowl from
the north, but diving ducks and Canadian geese have
started showing up in larger numbers throughout Wisconsin,
the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area reported late last
week about 150, 000 Canada geese were in and around
the marsh, according to the DNR' s weekly outdoor
Red-necked ducks, bluebill and ruddy ducks also were
flying into Horicon and northern Wisconsin waters.
Other signs of the coming winter included chipmunks disappearing
into hibernation and songbirds arriving in Wisconsin.
Several areas reported flocks of snow buntings, which
generally aren' t seen until late November and December
and often are harbingers of approaching cold fronts,
the DNR said.
Archery deer hunters and waterfowl, small game and
turkey hunters reportedly took advantage of the mild weather
over the past week, the DNR said.
The fall turkey season closes Sunday, and early reports
indicate hunters generally had good success.
Mating season for buck deer has begun, and there
have been many reports of bucks chasing does. DNR officials
warned motorists to be especially careful driving for
the next few weeks.
Anglers have seen fishing activity drop off in most of
the state, although the department reported some good
fall musky and walleye fishing in the north.
Snow that fell there two weeks ago has melted, and
the warm weather has kept water temperatures in the low
40s, slowing action for larger muskies, the outdoor
In the south, walleye fishing remained good on the
Rock River and on Lake Wisconsin, while fishing action
dropped off considerably on Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
A few anglers had some luck fishing for walleye and bass
off Door County, and shore angling at most harbors
has been slow.
Anglers on the Sheboygan River have been catching a few
rainbows, browns and coho near the Kohler dam. A few
browns were being caught on the Milwaukee River, and
anglers continued to catch a few coho and chinooks on
the Root and Pike rivers, DNR officials said.
For those outdoors enthusiasts considering a hike or
camping this weekend, the department is waiving admission
to all state parks, forests, trails and recreation
areas. The Wisconsin DNR is joining with the National
Park Service in opening parks for free for a " weekend
of hope and unity, " to honor the victims of recent
nation tragedies along with the country' s veterans.
On the Net:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us