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2019 Reservations for Sharp-tailed Grouse Viewing Blinds on Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area

Registration begins Jan 15th for the 2019 sharp-tailed grouse viewing blinds on the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. Be sure to sign up early so you don’t miss the chance to observe the mating dances. Availability is limited. Photo courtesy of Keith R. … Continue reading

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Early Fall on the Namekagon Barrens

August 30 saw a six person group take a nature walk on the Namekagon Barrens. Friends Board members Mark Nupen, Jerry McAllister, and Dave Peters plus Dave’s wife Lisa and his brother and sister-in-law attended. We were looking for sharp-tailed … Continue reading

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Humans on the barrens: “Too dang cold” for the Hillocks

(Once the homestead of Benjamin Hillock at the corner of Dry Landing Road and St. Croix Trail.)  Humphrey Hillock may never have seen the Namekagon Barrens. Born 1836 in Michigan, he moved as a young man to Webster City, Iowa, … Continue reading

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History walk: Better than a crumbling foundation

(Plum trees left from the Samual and LuAnn Turner homestead 100 years ago?) Four of us took a history walk on the barrens today, and evidence of the past was a little different than expected. Mark Nupen, Vern Drake and … Continue reading

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Sharptail Nature Walk August 1, 2018

Friends members Jerry McAllister and Mark Nupen led a nature walk along with two English setter bird dogs, Daisy age 12 and her daughter Floss age 8. August 1 is the first day that dog training is allowed on DNR … Continue reading

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FNBWA Nature Walk #3 July 14, 2018

It was a hot humid day.  Mark Nupen and Jerry McAllister gathered at the Barrens Cabin, but no visitors this day.  We had decided to explore 2 areas. The intersection just south of Gomulak Fire Ln and Clemens Rd. Mark … Continue reading

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Humans on the barrens: The wandering Arvid Lyons

We know for certain where Arvid Lyons lived out the end of his eventful life. And we know where he lies at rest in the Namekagon Barrens of northwestern Wisconsin. How and why he got there is a little more … Continue reading

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