RHINELANDER - More than one million Canada geese fly up and down what's called the Mississippi River Flyway each year.
Their route often includes northern Wisconsin.
Many of the geese live here in the Northwoods during the summer.
Scientists want to know more about this goose population and how they move.
The process is simple.
Scientists momentarily capture the geese, put an identification band on their leg, and set them free.
On Monday morning, DNR workers and volunteers helped do that on the Wisconsin Flowage just north of Rhinelander.
"You pretty much have to go out and scout right away in the morning, and find where they're at, and then slowly herd them, kind of like cattle, herd them this direction, and then surround them with the canoes and the kayaks, and slowly get them to walk up into the pens," says DNR Wildlife Technician Eric Kroening.
The geese won't fly away - they're in their flightless molting stage.
Each one gets a metal band around their leg.
If one is shot during hunting season, the hunter will call in the tracking number.
"It helps us with population trends, distribution, where they're migrating. This all helps with, we're in the Mississippi Flyway, it helps with managing the geese in the flyway," Kroening says.
DNR workers in the Northwoods band one hundred birds every year.
Four thousand will be banded across all of Wisconsin.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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