February Fireflies Escape in to the Twilight

Oh man. These sticks are fire AF right now.

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Beavers Returning to the Milwaukee River Become Front Page News

I’m pretty excited that our short documentary about beavers returning to the Milwaukee River became front page news! Thanks to everyone who participated in the doc and to Lee Bergquist of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for writing the article. View the story here.

Woodpeckers: Storytellers of the Wisconsin Forest

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I’m excited about this recent article I wrote at Schlitz Audubon, Woodpeckers: Storytellers of the Wisconsin Forest. I had a lot of fun working on it. The writing style is a combination or journalism, marketing, and educational writing while tapping our knowledgeable staff members as informational sources. The above graphic was put together by my colleague Zoe Finney, and features the quilting work of Myra Van Uxem.

 

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.

Icecanos Developing on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee

The Lake Michigan shore this morning. It’s been cold in Milwaukee, and icecanos are developing above the beach. Should continue to be a lovely season with lots of opportunities for Great Lakes nature photography.

Lake Michigan Today

The view from above Lake Michigan was quite stunning today.

Invasive Bighead Carp in the Wisconsin River

Invasive Bighead Carp have been found in the Wisconsin River. I wonder how much time we have to canoe and fish it before the invasive species take over. This is a picture from this past summer. I was just talking with a guy last night about how they’re selling their Northwoods family cabin on a lake because since the invasive mussels there is no longer any good fishing, and with the algae blooms the water is mucky and unfit for waterskiing and the like. We continue to degrade our natural resources of freshwater because it’s easier and cheaper in the immediate.¬†Will we leave the world better for the children we’ve brought into it? It doesn’t appear so.