ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - You might have a bird feeder or two in your yard. But keeping the bird population healthy probably isn't something you think about a lot. It turns out, you play a bigger role than you think.
Bird feeding is one of the top recreational activities in the country. But it's important for people to keep bird safety in mind.
"They can put out the right kind of food. They can take good care of the equipment that they use to feed and they can make sure that the ground around it's clean," says Jeremy Holtz, DNR Wildlife Biologist.
Just like humans...birds are affected by bacteria. Redpolls are more susceptible to salmonella than other birds. People need to keep their bird feeders clean to keep deaths at a minimum.
"I recommend that folks consider the kind of equipment that their using. If they're going to buy a new feeder, they should consider buying one that is easy to clean," says Holtz.
The best type of bird feeder is a simple tube feeder. They can be easily cleaned with ten-percent water bleach solution.
EAGLE RIVER - The initiative will help to rebound what's thought of as a suffering walleye population by adding hundreds of thousands of the fish to Wisconsin lakes.
The project could improve fishing for the state's most popular game fish and tourism in the state. George Langely, a local fishing guide at Eagle Sports bait shop in Eagle River, says walleye fishing isn't what it used to be.
"The walleye population has pretty much suffered in the last twenty years and it's really nice to see Madison recognizing that and taking some steps to do something about it. It will take a while but it's a great start."
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