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!

 

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Poetry Reading Monday Night at Jazz Estate in Milwaukee

Come on out to the Jazz Estate Monday, September 24 for some poetry, with your host Bryon Cherry. I’ll be reading alongside A.J. Binash, Sunshine Ramel Crayton, andMario the Poet. Complete details here.

Prairie Crayfish at Schlitz Audubon

Recent storms have allowed Schlitz Audubon staff to see a species not often observed on our land, the Prairie Crayfish (Procambarus gracilus). Read here about this interesting native wildlife species at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, often hiding in burrows just below our feet in the prairie.

Longtime Nessun Dorma Employee Purchases Bar/Restaurant

Emily Park Sutrick of Nessun Dorma
New Nessun Dorma owner Emily Park-Sutrick

Check out my article about Milwaukee bar/restaurant Nessun Dorma. Longtime employee Emily Park-Sutrick purchased the business in spring and has been putting her trademarks on the Riverwest location while continuing what that has made the business a local favorite. One of the things I love seeing when I stop in is the use of ever changing chalk art, such as here below:

Mystery Rodent Scurrying Near the Milwaukee River

Near the Milwaukee River, we saw what I first thought was a Muskrat, my son thought was a baby Beaver.

It turned out to be a Groundhog, also called a Woodchuck. Woodchuck babes are called “chucklings.” These large rodents are native to the area, and if you’re not worried about holes in your lawn, they’re quite fun to watch.

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.