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.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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