DNR in Brief: 01/11/2018

Common mergansers take flight from Little Traverse Lake in Leelanau County.

Record-Eagle file photo/Jan-Michael Stump

NRC to meet

LANSING — Falconry regulations, chronic wasting disease and expanding a common merganser control program to prevent swimmer's itch are on the docket Jan. 11 when the Natural Resources Commission meets at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at 4125 Beaumont Rd. in Lansing.

A 2017 pilot program at Higgins Lake, Crystal Lake, Glen Lake, Lime Lake and Lake Leelanau trapped and relocated 400 common mergansers, which decreased the number of "swimmers itch" snail infections in the lakes, according to a DNR report.

Commissioners, who meet starting at 9 a.m., could enact a statewide policy that levies different charges for permits allowing the harassment and destruction of the birds, eggs and nests. Proposed Nuisance Animal Control firm rates are $200 to destroy nests and eggs or to harass with lethal reinforcement, up to $500. Permits are $100 for a single-family residence or $200 for others.

The DNR would exercise its authority by adding the common merganser and the permit rates to the Wildlife Conservation Order.

Fly-fishing workshops

LANSING — The Michigan History Museum will host two fly-fishing workshops with Jeff “Bear” Andrews, who has been fly-fishing and tying flies for 48 years and won the 1998 “Buz” Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award.

- Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fly-Tying Workshop is a basic, hands-on workshop for adults and children ages 10 and up. Fee: $20.

- June 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fly-Casting Workshop is a basic, hands-on workshop for adults and children ages 10 and up. Fee: $20.

Register for both events through Eventbrite. The museum is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing.

Turkey hunting licenses

LANSING — Spring turkey license applications are available through Feb. 1. A $5 spring turkey application may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold or online at E-license. The 2018 spring turkey season runs April 23 through May 31.

Muskie information wanted

LANSING — The DNR and Michigan Muskie Alliance's Muskellunge Angler Survey gathers information about muskellunge angler demographics and catch data. Anglers may fill out one survey per person, per trip and they may complete a survey for each angling trip they make. The survey is on both the DNR’s website at michigan.gov/muskie and the Michigan Muskie Alliance website at michiganmuskiealliance.org/.

Elk university

LANSING — Michigan educators can access “Elk University – Educating tomorrow’s wildlife managers,” a DNR-based, three-hour curriculum on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease and management fro ninth to 12 graders. Register by Jan. 30. Contact Katie Keen: 231-775-9727.

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