Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
DNR asks motorists to ‘give turtles a brake’ Watch for turtles on roadways The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding motorists that turtles are crossing roads to nest this time of year. Motorists are asked to watch for them and, whenever possible, allow them to cross the road safely.
Fawns are born starting mid-May and peak late-May through early June, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Don’t be surprised if you see a deer fawn on its own – during their first few weeks of life, fawns avoid predators by hiding in thick vegetation or cover, often away from their mothers, for most of each day. Fawns will remain still even as people or predators approach their location.
Out of the 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota, about half a million will take part in the tradition of fishing opener, which this year falls on May 11 (today). Fishing opener marks the day fishing can begin for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes. Fishing remains open all year for many species, including popular and fast-biting fish like sunfish and crappies.
As the first snow of the season arrives, Minnesotans start thinking about clearing snow and ice from pavement — sometimes with salt. But when the snow melts or it rains, the salt, which contains chloride, runs into storm drains and into nearby lakes, rivers, and groundwater.
Early cold temperatures and several inches of snow in parts of the state have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, but most trails will need more snow before grooming can begin. Most of the state's snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota's snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year and several conditions must be met before trails are open, groomed and ready for travel:
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County. In July, an adult zebra mussel was found in the stomach contents of a perch caught by a Lake Bemidji State Park volunteer while fishing on the north shore. DNR investigations at that time, including diving and sampling for zebra mussel larvae, did not lead to conclusive evidence.
All-terrain vehicle users registered for private or agricultural use can explore both the old and new trails without cost Sept. 7 through 9. Typically, they would pay the registration fee ($60 for three years) to ride the public trails. Minnesota has 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails available to ATV users. The state also has more than 200 miles of new trails that were completed this year. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($30 annually).
Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County and Floyd Lake in adjacent Becker County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Watershed district staff alerted the DNR to the discovery of an adult zebra mussel attached to a native clam in Floyd Lake. DNR invasive species specialists found several adult zebra mussels in three areas of the lake.
Brad Parsons, a 31-year fisheries veteran and current central region fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been selected as the new fisheries chief for the DNR. He begins his new duties Wednesday, July 25.
Before hitting the water for the first time this spring, boaters should ensure their boats, equipment and safety items are in legal and proper working order, reminds the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Boaters should also review regulations in the 2018 Minnesota Boating Guide or at www.mndnr.gov/regulations/boatwater .