Getting Ready for the SEJ Conference

I’m excited to attend the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference this weekend in Flint, Michigan. Thanks to the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research for providing the scholarship for me to attend!

A friend made a joke that this could be a hipster survival pack and he may well be right – except there’s no espresso or IPA! Handy tools I’m bringing with include: binoculars, a Zoom H4N, and a generous hand-me-down Nikon D70, and of course my iPhone is taking the picture.

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New Wheelchair Accessible Trails and Boardwalks at Schlitz Audubon

I’m excited to get to know this new wheelchair accessible trail and boardwalk at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. This new trail network is the result of years of planning and now physical work on the land. It’s part of a plan that incorporates ponds to sequester stormwater, which currently exacerbates ravine erosion into Lake Michigan. These ponds will also create wetland habitat and additional learning and wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors. Learn more about the details here on the Schlitz Audubon website.

I took this picture on the new boardwalk path a couple weeks ago. This section should be completed before the snow flies!

 

A Lake Michigan Snapshot at Dusk

A view of Lake Michigan as the sun goes down behind me in Milwaukee. I enjoyed how this one tree on the right was getting a last sliver of light. It’s a ok picture, fine for a phone. I’ve got a DSLR I’ve really got to learn how to use properly. I think that’s something I’m going to focus on this summer while I’ve got access to Lynda.com through school.

Beach Glass Along the Lake Michigan Shore

A stunning beach glass haul (sunglasses included – that was a first!) during a lunchtime stroll today at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. All kinds of treasures wash up along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee. Check out my new article about beach glass on the Schlitz Audubon Blog.

Interviewing Great Lakes Author Dan Egan this Thursday

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This Thursday, May 17 I have the pleasure of interviewing Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Great Lakes Reporter, and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Egan will read excerpts from his book, participate in a discussion, and take questions from the audience. The event takes place at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, complete details here.

Happening Upon a Plein Air Painter in Winter

“I’m out painting and people ask what I’m doing. I tell them I’m painting. They look at the canvas and they look at me and they look at the canvas. “Really?” they ask. I don’t know what else they think I’m doing. “Yes, really.” – Lynn Rix, plein air painter in every season

The Lake Michigan Sky at Dusk Filled With Icy Waves

Well I hope you’re not yet sick of my Lake Michigan pictures, because it’s only January and we have a few more months of gorgeous winter icecano shoreline. This is one of about three dozen pictures I took from this vantage point. I knew instantly that this was my favorite by how the waves look like they’re taking a bite out of the icy shoreline while winking at you. The Great Lakes are pretty incredible, I’m fortunate to gaze upon them often.