MN DNR

From the MN DNR:

Fishing opener is a Minnesota rite of springtime, and this Saturday’s kickoff of fishing for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike will have anglers on the water to wet a line, reconnect with nature and benefit from time spent outdoors.

While the fishing opener is a time-honored tradition, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that Minnesotans approach the fishing opener differently this year, said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

Andy Tri is a bear biologist with the Minnesota DNR.  We caught up with him this morning and talked about dens, cubs, what's happening with bears now, what to do if you accidentally flush a bear off a nest, and what happens when bear cubs are orphaned. 

This past fall, several bears denned in cornfields left standing because of a particularly wet season.  Farmers are connecting with local conservation officers to handle the situation when they come across a den.  Andy told us about that process as well.  

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The Aitkin County Private Woodlands Committee Winter Tour is Saturday December 7th from 8-4:30 at the McGregor Community Center.  The tour is called “Taking A New Look At My Land”.  This day of learning helps us to understand how our private lands are part of a complex landscape, connected to the world.  For instance: 

The timber harvested locally plays a part in a global economy. 

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/projects/mlmp_state.html

Non-Game specialist, Gaea Crozier from the DNR joined us this morning to tell us more about why they need volunteers for a loon study coming up at the end of June/beginning of July. 

The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program is a great way to get involved with wildlife on lakes near you.

The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program is a long-term project of the Nongame Wildlife Program of the DNR. Hundreds of volunteers collect information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/commissioner/index.html

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.

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