Friday, May 12, 2017

Bear Spotted

Our neighbor Leon Sammuelson caught this photo on his Trail Cam a week or so ago. The Trail Cam is located in his front yard and the bear (Yogi) was about 10 feet from his living room window!  So it's that time again......be cognizant if you have bird feeders out and find them toppled or gone completely. Bears are creatures of habit and will go on the same nightly walk if they are finding plenty of things to get into. It can be a good idea to take bird feeders in at night if possible and you need to do this for at least 2 weeks and then they usually change their habits. Above all they are wild creatures and can be dangerous if you get between a mother and her cubs. So use good judgement. This bear was sighted on North Shore Dr. almost at the end of the road.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Change of Venue for Tomorrow April 26

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 26, 2017 at 10:07:58 AM CDT
Subject: Thursdays CBCW Workshop-Change of Location
Good Morning,
Due to weather, tomorrows (May 27th) Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop has moved indoors to the Oneida County Courthouse, Committee Room 2 (second floor, across the hall from Planning and Zoning). The courthouse is located at 1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander WI.     Same time 5:-6:30 pm.   Bring a coat because at the end of the workshop, we will head outside to go over watercraft inspection checkpoint on the DNRs boat.
There is still time to sign-up for the workshop. Please call 715-369-7835 to register.
Please pass this information on to your lake groups, neighbors and friends.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrate Earth Week April17-22

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 13, 2017 at 5:13:22 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida County AIS Presents A Night at the Movies
Good Friday Afternoon,

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Earth Week (April 17-21) and Earth Day (April 22)?   If so, bring the entire family to the movies to see the spectacular documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” on the big screen.  
You can see it on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in Three Lakes, WI.  It is FREE to the public.   Seating is still available and an RSVP is encouraged. Call Oneida County Land & Water at 715-369-7835 to reserve your seat.

This two-hour documentary about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, will take viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, “Making Waves” traces the path of the invasion and joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasive species and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes. This documentary includes our own AIS Coordinator, Stephanie Boismenue and County Conservationist, Michele Sadauskas as they highlight “local” AIS issues throughout Oneida County. To view a trailer of Making Waves, visit www.makingwavesdocumentary.com

This special presentation of “Making Waves” is provided by Oneida County and Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Departments. 

Have a great weekend,

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Clean Boats Clean Waters Workshops


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 21, 2017 at 12:08:08 PM CDT
Subject: 3 CBCW Workshops Offered in Oneida County
Good afternoon,

As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County AIS Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.  This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.

Thursday April 27th         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
Thursday May 25th          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
Wednesday June 7th      5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor

See attached flyer for a list of guest presenters and additional information. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email me, Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us
For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-7835
Visit us on the web at www.oneidacountyais.com
Like us on Facebook at Oneida County AIS | Facebook

Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),

1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Three Clean Boats, Clean Waters Workshops
Offered in Oneida County
As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade. This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.
 Thursday April 27th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
 Thursday May 25th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
 Wednesday June 7th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor
Workshop presenters include:
 Sandy Wickman, Outreach Specialists - University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes and Water Resource Management Specialist - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will present “Hands-on Aquatic Plant Species Identification.” Her wealth of knowledge will help you understand the beautiful underwater gardens that live below the water’s surface and help you to become a pro at spotting native and invasive plants.
 Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator - Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, will present “Look What the Craft Dragged In” as she walks you through a real watercraft inspection from start to finish and shows you how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride. She will also discuss the upcoming statewide AIS Drain Campaign and the Fourth of July Boat Landing Blitz.
 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden’s will present “A Law Enforcement Perspective” and share their role in protecting our natural resources by preventing the spread of AIS.
o Jim Jung, Conservation Warden, will present in Rhinelander
o David Walz, Supervisor, Conservation Warden, will present in Three Lakes
o Tim Ebert, Conservation Warden, will present in Minocqua
Clean Boats, Clean Waters resources, door prizes, refreshments and lite snacks will be provided. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us. For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com. In the event of severe weather, please visit the website for up-to-the-minute updates.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Former Lake Thompson Board Member Doug Lehman

The obituary for Doug Lehman
http://www.carlsonfh.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=1632260  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

AIS News and an Opportunity for High School Artists



From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 24, 2017 at 4:27:30 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida County AIS News 3-24-17
Good afternoon,

I wanted to share with you a few AIS and natural resource related articles, plus a fantastic opportunity for high school artists to enter the DNR’s trout and salmon stamp contest:

Help Wetlands, Raise Beetles
The Oneida County AIS Program is always in need of volunteers (individuals, school groups, and organizations) to help rear the calla beetle as part of the state-wide purple loosestrife biocontrol program. If you are curious about theses interesting little beetles and/or considering becoming a volunteer, you can read about them in this article, “Help Wanted, Raise Beetles” on the Live from the Lakes: A Wisconsin Lakes Blog website. Let me know if you would like to become a volunteer for the program and I will be happy to provide you with information, resources and help you get set-up. Click on the link for read the full article.  http://lakes-l.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/03/help-wetlands-raise-beetles/

High school artists, angling enthusiasts sought for DNR trout and salmon stamp contests
Do you know of a student in grades 9-12 who has a talent for creating stunning trout and salmon works of art? If so, here is a chance of a lifetime to have their masterpiece printed on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 2018 Wisconsin inland trout stamp or a Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp. Wow, what an honor!  These beautiful stamps must be purchased by anglers (including myself) who wish to pursue trout and salmon on inland waters or the Great Lakes and are purchased in addition to the state fishing license. Better yet, revenue from the stamp sales is used for restoring and maintaining habitat and in the case of the Great Lakes stamp, for stocking and rearing trout and salmon.
Details about this incredible opportunity can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=580#art4

Below is a link to several articles that may be of interest to you, published in The DNR Weekly News Update, and include:
•             New catch and release state record fish category to create excitement for anglers when 2017 season opens
•             Maple Fest to be held April 1 at MacKenzie Center
•             Public input sought as Wisconsin DNR, Michigan DNR, Chippewa bands ready walleye rehabilitation effort for Lac Vieux Desert
•             High school artists, angling enthusiasts sought for DNR trout and salmon stamp contests
•             Protect oak trees from oak wilt by waiting until after July to prune
•             2017 revision to the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for activities with no or low impact to endangered resources in Wisconsin

As always, don’t forget to check out the Oneida County AIS website www.oneidacountyais.com and like us on Facebook.  

Have a fantastic weekend.
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
On the web at
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

News from Steph Boismenue......



From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 13, 2017 at 3:38:37 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Couny AIS News March 13, 2017
Good afternoon,
I hope you are staying warm during this cold snap. As we wait for mother nature to stop teasing us, I have a few things to share that may bring warm fuzzy thoughts of summer to mind.

Nominations for the Invader Crusader Award is Now Open:
Do you know of a youth or adult who has made a significant contribution to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wetlands? If so, please nominate them for a 2017 Invader Crusader Award.  The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is accepting nominations for individuals, groups, or organizations for their exemplary efforts at addressing issues surrounding terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including plants, pests, animals and disease-causing organisms. The 2017 Invader Crusader Awards will be presented to both volunteers and professionals. Please consider nominating adults and youth you work with or from your community. The deadline for submitting Invader Crusader nominations is Friday, March 17, 2017.
For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council’s website at http://invasivespecies.wi.gov/awareness-month/awards/

Inquiring Minds:
Are you curious about bait shop owner’s role in preventing AIS or what AIS you should be on the lookout for during ice out?  If so, check out the latest articles on Live from the Lakes: A Wisconsin Lakes Blog website http://lakes-l.blogs.govdelivery.com/  .

2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Stevens Point April 5-6-7:
Early bird registration ends Wednesday, March 15th
Reasons to sign up early:
Save some money,
Ensure that you can get into your preferred workshops on Wednesday and Friday afternoon,
Get a t-shirt before your size runs out!
All the info about Convention is on the web at this link: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/default.aspx

The 2017 Convention is offering a unique off-site daylong “workshop” on Wednesday April 5, hosted by the Thursday keynote speaker Wallace J. Nichols, author of the book Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do . He has arranged a set of national-level presenters who will discuss the different ways we all interact with water in each of our “Seven Ages” of water, from birth to death. This Blue Mind Summit will take place at Sentry World in Stevens Point, and registration is separate from our usual convention registration process. You can view the list of speakers, find more on their backgrounds, and see registration details at this link http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/2017/BlueMind7.aspx

All of our registration options are a la carte, so join us for as little or as much as you are interested in. If you can’t attend, but know of someone who should come to our gathering of lake lovers, please forward this message along.

See you at the Lakes Convention.

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us