Sarah Strommen is the new DNR Commissioner for the state of Minnesota. We had a chance to talk about the hot-button issues like Chronic Wasting Disease, Aquatic Invasive Species, Enbridge Energy Line 3 Pipeline Project that the agency works with and the MN Legislature and the DNR's budget, slot limits for fishing and Minnesota's state park system.
KAXE-KBXE volunteer David Harrington spoke with retired conservation officer Jeff Birchem and his 13 year old daughter Johanna during the Beltrami Island Christmas Bird Count in December. They discussed the importance of using copper bullets rather than lead bullets while hunting. Johanna hunts with copper bullets and nabbed two bucks this fall using them. Take a listen to the segment to learn more about why copper is the healthier choice while hunting. Thanks to Johanna and Jeff for taking the time to chat!
In February 2019, the DNR confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer found in Crow Wing County less than 1/2 a mile from the infected captive facility. Based on this discovery, the DNR designated a new CWD management zone, deer permit area 604, in north central Minnesota for the 2019 hunting season.
Taking time to contemplate what is happening in nature is one of the many aspects of Northern Community Radio that sets us apart from any other radio station. Each day we bring you a phenology note where our resident phenologist John Latimer shares a note from his journals of more than 35 years of climate and nature data collection. Each Tuesday we dig even deeper with the full Phenology Report.