The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Next Meeting
May 3
New Glarus Hotel
100 Sixth Ave, New Glarus
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members:

I just returned from
Myranda and our new son in law, Kevin
New Orleans where our middle daughter got married with all the Mardi Gras trappings. And, yeah, I missed the deadline for my column. So what I have will be short.

In one of those, DANG!, moments, we were in New Orleans and missed the record warm temperatures here in Wisconsin. The temperatures played havoc with this year's sturgeon season. Dick and his brother wisely got their shanty off Lake Winnebago shortly after the first weekend.

Nonetheless, it was a pretty good harvest of 847 of this amazing, prehistoric fish.

If you are interested in a wrap-up, go to this link.

This 'tween season makes outdoor recreation a little harder, but there's still a lot you can do. Check out DNR's outdoor calendar for ideas.

Dick has been doing woodstand improvement on our southwest Dane County land. He said the sap is flowing. Cutting down boxelder trees he said it was like water coming out of a hose. I am hearing a lot of songbirds already, too. Maybe the Old Farmer's Almanac and the groundhog were wrong this year and an early spring is on us. I wouldn't complain.

I hope to see you at the Fitchburg Great Dane this week.

Always a good meal and great conversations there.