DNR Talks Drought Impacts on Wildlife

DNR Talks Drought Impacts on Wildlife

August 10, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ R & J Outdoors Show 0

Detroit Lakes, MN — The current state of drought is impacting everything and everything, from your lawn to corn crops to deer, birds, and insects. Some are impacted more negatively than others, however. Rob Baden, Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor, joined the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program recently to discuss some of those impacts and how mother nature is coping.

The Wild Rice Harvest opens in Minnesota on Sunday and you would think the drought would have a negative impact on production. However, Baden this year has actually been exceptional for wild rice production, but low water levels may make it more difficult to access for harvest this fall.

The low water levels also provide a unique opportunity for those looking to explore mother nature. Baden says you can sometimes uncover some unique treasures whenever river levels are very low.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also encourages citizens who happen to encounter unique species of wildlife to report them to help with tracking and population estimates.