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fisheriesAugust IDNR Wildlife Bulletin Newsletter: Fascinated with the natural world? Tag along with an Indiana DNR biologist on one of their upcoming excursions to learn more about wildlife and their habitats. Hone your identification skills while enjoying the outdoors.

Aug. 8 – Bike with a Biologist, Amo

For those who are new to hunting and fishing, DNR also hosts workshops through the Learn to Fish and the Learn to Hunt, Shoot, & Trap programs. Find more upcoming educational events.

Aug. 7 – Learn to Hunt: Frogs, Martinsville
Sept. 12 – Learn to Stream Fish, Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area
Sept. 26 – Family Learn to Fish, Cicero

Resources
Ask an Expert: Wildlife Mythbusters, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources Youtube channel
Best Practices Guide for Charter Fishing and COVID-19, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Resourceful Animal Relationships, The Education Store
Considerations for Trapping Nuisance Wildlife with Box Traps, The Education Store
Handling Harvested Game From Field to Table, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IN DNR)


FNR-604 coverBest Practices Guide for Charter Fishing and COVID-19 provides best practices for charter operators, captains, crew and customers to minimize the risk of COVID-19 for charter fishing in southern Lake Michigan. The guide covers measures that operators and customers can take before, during, and after a fishing trip, including social distancing, cleaning and personal protective equipment.

Resources
Pond and Wildlife Management, Website
Pond Management: Managing Fish Populations, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Fishing 1: Take the Bait, The Education Store
Fishing 2: Reel in the Fun, The Education Store
Fishing 3: Cast into the Future, The Education Store
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


FNR Extension Wildlife Specialist Jarred Brooke and clinical assistant professor Mitch Zischke teach you how to better manage your land and ponds for fish and wildlife. They provide tips and also answer all of your land management and pond management questions in the video below.

Resources
Pond and Wildlife Management
Need help with pond or wildlife management? Looking for a professional to contact for help?, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue FNR extension 
Salmon and Trout of the Great Lakes: A Visual Identification Guide, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Pond Management: Stocking Fish in Indiana Ponds, The Education Store
Pond Management: Managing Fish Populations, The Education Store
A Pond Management Plan Template, The Education Store

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Meet Dr. Stephen Spears the director of wildlife ecology at the 10,000 acre zoo in Ohio, The Wilds. Dr. Spears takes you on a virtual tour of their hellbender conservation center and gives us insight of where they find hellbenders in Ohio. Don’t miss the question and answer time with Dr. Spears and Purdue University’s wildlife biologists.

Resources
Help the Hellbender Website
Hellbender Havoc, Video Game: Google Play / Apple App Store
The Wilds
Help the Hellbender, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Hellbenders Rock!, The Education Store

Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Do you know what a hellbender is or where they can be found? This live session will answer those questions for you, show you what they look like by taking you on a virtual tour, share where they live, what they like to eat and who their predators are.

Resources
Help the Hellbender Website
Hellbender Havoc, Video Game: Google Play / Apple App Store
Help the Hellbender, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Hellbenders Rock!, The Education Store

Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


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“The best and the most meat on the fish lays right on top of the rib cage, right down the back”, Purdue Extension County Director Dave Osborne shares in this Fish Cleaning Seminar (Youtube video). Learn the basics of using a fillet knife and an electric fillet knife to clean the fish as he guides you through the process.

Resources
Pond and Wildlife Management, Purdue Extension website
Indiana Pond Fish, Species Identification Card Set, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 1, Field Dressing, Video, Purdue Extension YouTube Channel
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 4, Cutting, Grinding & Packaging, Video, Purdue Extension YouTube Channel

Dave Osborne, County Extension Director
Purdue Extension


Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources extension specialists gathered for a Facebook LIVE event held May 5th to answer questions on a wide range of topics from woodland management to wildlife habitat, ponds to invasive species and more.

Topics ranged from what to do about moles, voles and Canada geese causing damage in your yard, to how to pick the right tree for your landscape and how to measure the worth of your trees. The presentation also included segments on what to do about algae in your pond to how to know if you need to restock it as well as what to do about invasive plant species and how to protect your trees from deer damage.

Get advice from extension specialists Jarred Brooke, Lenny Farlee, Brian MacGowan, Lindsey Purcell, Rod Williams and Mitch Zischke in the video below.

If you have any further questions feel free to send your questions by submitting our Ask An Expert form.

Resources mentioned:
Purdue Extension – The Education Store
Purdue Report Invasive Species Website
Midwest Invasive Species Network Database
TreesAreGood.org
Find a Forester in Indiana
Improve My Property for Wildlife, Purdue Extension
Online Mole Program, Event May 14th, Purdue FNR Extension
Have you seen a hairless squirrel, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue FNR Extension
Stocking Fish, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Tree Selection for the “Un-natural” Environment, The Education Store
Selecting a Nuisance Control Operator, The Education Store
Forest Products Price Report (pdf), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Indiana DNR Nuisance Goose Control Options (pdf), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Turtles of Indiana, The Education Store
Salamanders of Indiana, The Education Store
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, The Education Store
Snakes and Lizards of Indiana, The Education Store
Aquatic Plant Management, The Education Store
Native Grasses, The Education Store
Preventing Deer Browsing on Trees/Shrubs, Video, Purdue Extension Youtube Channel

Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


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Several Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources faculty and staff members along with Purdue Extension specialists will be participating in a webinar series in conjunction with the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality from May 11-14.

The eight-part Virtual Conservation Conversations series, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday, will be streamed live on the TCPWQ Facebook page. The sessions are a substitute for the annual Conservation Field Day for fourth grade students in Tippecanoe County.Individual event details are available here: TCPWQ Facebook Events.

The schedule for the Conservation Conversation Series is below:

PrescribedFireMonday, May 11
11 a.m. – Jarred Brooke, Purdue Extension Wildlife Specialist.
Topic: Is There Such a Thing as “Good” Fire? Prescribed fire and its impact on wildlife habitat

1 p.m. – Shelby Royal, Hellbender Husbandry Lab Coordinator.
Topic: Hellbender salamanders

Tuesday, May 12
11 a.m. – Jim McKenna, Operational Tree Breeder for the USDA Forest Service
Topic: Tree Grafting: What, Why and How? Tree grafting, propagation and forests in Indiana

1 p.m. – Megan Gunn, Aquatic Ecology Lab Manager and Undergraduate Student Recruiter
Topic: What Fish and Invertebrates Can Tell Us About Water Quality

HellbenderInWaterWednesday, May 13
11 a.m. – Nerisa Ve’e-Taua, Graduate Research Assistant

1 p.m. – College of Science speaker

Thursday, May 14
11 a.m. – Indiana American Water speaker

1 p.m – Indiana Department of Natural Resources representative

For more online events, view Purdue Extension-FNR Calendar.

Resources
Indiana’s Urban Woodlots, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Tree Appraisal and the Value of Trees, The Education Store
The Nature of Teaching: Trees of the Midwest, The Education Store
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store
Help the Hellbender, Video, Purdue Extension YouTube Channel

Wendy Mayer, FNR Communications Coordinator
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Pond and Wildlife Management Contact a Professional web page.The Purdue Extension Pond and Wildlife Management website has been updated with a contact search function to better help you find the right professional biologist or conservationist in your county to serve your needs.

The newly created County and Habitat Management Contacts page allows individuals to search for experts within their county by simply selecting it from a dropdown menu. Within each individual county is a listing of Indiana Department of Natural Resources contacts, extension specialists and more.

In addition, the contacts page lists various agencies and services that can also help with questions about pond or habitat management. These resources include the Indiana DNR, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants and Quail Forever, Purdue Extension, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and event private consultants.

As fishing, hunting and other wildlife recreation continues to be popular in Indiana, Purdue Extension has developed this new program to help Indiana landowners manage their ponds and wildlife.

Along with the search features to help you find professional contacts, you will also find these topics and resources on the website:

  • The Pond Ecosystem
  • Fish Population Management
  • Pond Construction and Maintenance
  • Aquatic Vegetation Management
  • Evaluating Your Property
  • Forest Management
  • Grassland Management
  • Habitat Management Planning

To better understand and manage pond ecosystems in Indiana for fishing and wildlife habitat this website provides detailed information to help you reach your goals.

Resources:
Salmon and Trout of the Great Lakes: A Visual Identification Guide, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Pond Management: Stocking Fish in Indiana Ponds, The Education Store
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store
Illinois & Indiana Sea Grant, using research, outreach, and education to bring the latest science to communities and their residents
How to Score Your White-tailed Deer, Video, The Education Store
How to Build a Plastic Mesh Deer Exclusion Fence, The Education Store
Assessing Your Land’s Potential for Wildlife, The Education Store

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


pond fishThis guide called Indiana Pond Fish, Species Identification Card Set identifies commonly stocked fish and problem fish that may be encountered in Indiana ponds. It includes full-color pictures and information about sunfishes, other panfish, sport fish, catfishes and bullheads, carp, suckers and buffalo, minnows, shiners and much more.

These colorful cards are a great resource for teachers, 4-H leaders, natural resource educators, anglers and fishing enthusiast. Enjoy this free download or place an order through The Education Store to receive the printed colorful cards.

Resources
Aquaculture & Aquatics, Purdue Extension-Forestry & Natural Resources
Salmon and Trout of the Great Lakes: A Visual Identification Guide, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Pond Management: Stocking Fish in Indiana Ponds, The Education Store
The Nature of Teaching: Adaptations for Aquatic Amphibians, The Education Store
Illinois & Indiana Sea Grant, using research, outreach, and education to bring the latest science to communities and their residents.

Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


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