Reflecting on the East Palestine train derailment

I make a conscious effort to keep my content enlightening, thought-provoking, and positive.

But a news story I was alerted to recently about train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio is going to make the latter difficult. Sometimes, we just need to bring the negativity forward and do our damndest to tackle it, however we can.

In my eyes, I couldn’t tell all of you that I care about the environment and our natural resources without at least openly reflecting on this incident.

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a scientist. I am no longer a reporter. I’m just someone trying to unpack a horrific, impactful event that seemingly no one is talking about.

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Banding together

I’ve always been intrigued by the process of banding waterfowl.

In college, I was surrounded with natural resources majors, some of which had the chance to band birds as part of their coursework. That made me jealous.

As a hunter, I just couldn’t get my head around what it would be like to interact with a large number of live birds.

I’ve spent the decade since graduation hoping for the opportunity to give myself that experience.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 28: Turkey talk

It’s Episode 28 of The Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

I am joined by Taylor Finger, game bird ecologist for the Wisconsin DNR, to talk all things turkeys.

Taylor gives us some perspective on the journey Wisconsin’s turkey population has been on in the last century. We also discuss turkey biology and how you can use science to help you bag a gobbler.

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How to recycle fishing line

We’ve all been there.

You’re enjoying a beautiful day on the water when, for some reason, you have to re-tie your fishing line.

Whether it is because of a tangle or it’s just time to switch baits, cutting and discarding fishing line is simply part of the experience.

But even though this frequent occurrence can become mundane, it’s important to be mindful of how you handle your scrap line.

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Sharing the hunting tradition

Growing up, it seemed like very few of my friends participated in hunting.

Sure, a few of my friends would put on their blaze orange each November for the 9-day gun deer season but that seemed to be the extent of my cohort’s participation in the sport.

I felt like I was one of the few people my age who spent time in marshes chasing ducks or in fields hoping for a flock of geese to try and settle down in my spread. At this point in my life, hunting seemed exclusively like a family-based activity.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it sometimes made me feel as though few of my friends truly understood an important part of me.

When I entered college, however, that began to change.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 17: Conservation and outdoor education

It’s Episode 17 of the Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

In this show, I am joined by Samantha Lammers, park director at Maywood Environmental Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

We discuss the importance of conservation and outdoor education while taking a deep dive into the beauty of Maywood and all of the outdoor opportunities it offers.

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Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast – Episode 15: Fall flight forecast and R3

It’s Episode 15 of the Nathan Woelfel Outdoors Podcast!

Joel Brice, Chief Conservation Officer of Delta Waterfowl, is back to discuss the flight forecast for the upcoming duck season. What does the drought in the prairie pothole region mean for this season? How does it impact the health of duck populations long term? Is it OK to continue to harvest your daily bag limit of ducks?

Joel answers all of that and more.

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