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This page is for kids who want to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world we live in. 

To learn about the "Kid's Guide to the Outdoors" or how to get your copy of the Kid's Guide, contact Janet @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

What You can find in the Outdoors

 

otter tracks

 

     Can you name these animal tracks?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slug

 

 

     Do you know what this is?

 

 

 

 

raccoon pup

 

     Seen one of these lately?

 

 

 

  

opossum

 

     Hey, what about me?

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

wildturkeyWild turkeys are native to parts of Wisconsin and were eaten by both settlers and Native Americans.  But before long, settlement and an increase in farming and logging cleared the state's oak forests.  Domestic fowl diseases spread to wild turkeys and unregulated hunting also took its toll. The last turkey sighting in Wisconsin was near Darlington in Lafayette County in 1881.

In 1976, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources traded ruffed grouse to the state of Missouri for wild turkeys. The first 29 wild Missouri turkeys thrived in their new home in Vernon County and began to breed. As turkeys multiplied, the DNR trapped them and moved them to other good turkey habitat areas. Turkeys have also moved into 12 counties on their own.

Now, the wild turkey roams freely in most of the state and is doing great. We estimate that there are more than 300,000 wild turkeys in Wisconsin.