The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.
Q: Do I need to put my name on my fish house if I’m not leaving it on the lake?
A: All shelters, except for occupied portable shelters, placed on the ice must have one of the following: complete name and address; driver’s license number; 9-digit DNR number. A person using a portable shelter on the ice that does not display identification must remain within 200 feet of the shelter. A shelter may not be left unoccupied or unattended anytime between midnight and one hour prior to sunrise unless the shelter is licensed.
- Capt. Greg Salo, DNR Region 3 Enforcement manager
Q: Now is the time of year when Minnesota residents can contribute to the DNR's nongame wildlife checkoff fund. What is this money used for and how does it help wildlife?
A: Donations made to this fund are used by the DNR's nongame wildlife program to help protect and manage the state's "nongame" wildlife species, which includes more than 800 kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies and selected invertebrates that are not traditionally hunted or harvested. This also includes conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species.
Specifically, the species that have benefited from these efforts are loons, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, peregrine falcons, eastern bluebirds, Blanding's turtles, bats, timber rattlesnakes, great blue herons and other waterbirds like egrets and grebes. The money raised also helps acquire land and easements to protect habitat, manage prairies, forests and wetlands, create buffer zones along lakeshores, assist to private landowners and local governments with habitat management, and fund nature educational programs.
Contributions to the nongame wildlife checkoff fund can be made on the 2014 Minnesota tax form, or online at www.mndnr.gov/eco/nongame/checkoff.html.
- Carrol Henderson, DNR nongame wildlife program supervisor