Audubon Society to host ‘Wisconsin’s fish are in hot water’ program

Metro Wire Staff

The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society will host a special program on the health of fish and watersheds on Feb. 19.

Frank Pratt, a retired Wisconsin DNR fishery biologist for Sawyer Co., will present “Wisconsin’s Fish are in Hot Water” at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center, 1419 Water St. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.

Pratt will explore current and future changes due to climate change and what it may mean from the fishery and watershed perspective.

Pratt argues that the population of cold-water fish is on a decline and advocates for research on warm-water resistant fish. Pratt also argues for nutrient reduction in the La Courte Oreilles, a fragile world-class fishing lake in northern Wisconsin that he believes is threatened by excess phosphorus and oxygen depletion.

As part of his presentation, Pratt will also focus on local and individual actions to reduce the carbon footprint. Participants should come prepared to interact, according to a news release from the ALAS.