I happened upon this muskrat, which promptly dove under a thin layer of ice covering the pond. These are native to Milwaukee, and even though I’ve worked at a nature center for three years, I’d never seen one. But I saw four of them today! I suppose they’re especially active, preparing for winter.

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Fall Conservation Panorama

September 21, 2017

 

Our Fall Conservation issue has arrived. This one took a lot of work, it was a bit of our elephant to deal with. How do you tell a story that is actively changing, and one which your whole organization is based upon? Read to learn about the Schlitz Audubon Conservation Plan, raptors and how humans threaten their survival, and how you can begin to teach young children aspects of conservation.

Went to go swimming at the #Milwaukee county pool on 82nd and Good Hope and – what’s with this forest over here in the middle of the city? Went for a nice little hike; even startled an American Woodcock, which are great fun because they always startle back.

I just got back from a trip of camping on and fishing in the Wisconsin River.

If you’ve never been, it’s pretty remarkable. The Wisconsin River current is rather slow, not a river filled with rapids. We took a canoe loaded with firewood, camping gear, food, and of course beer down the river for about 35 miles total over three nights. The water was warm and comfortable and when you’re looking to camp, just find a secure looking sandbar and set up. There is no fee for camping on the river.

On this night pictured above, we caught a few walleye, one of them big enough to grill over the fire.

Bat signal. #WisconsinRiver #FullMoon #CampFire

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This photo above is of us hanging out by the campfire taken by my friend Ryan Thompson (also the fisherman pictured above).

Short story short, it’s worth the trip. There are companies you can rent canoes or kayaks from. Our two other friends took their solo kayaks, I took the canoe I found in the Milwaukee River because I already have it and it’s free. So get that old canoe out of your parents rafters and make some use out of it!

Welcome to the Summer 2017 Panorama: Reptiles and Amphibians edition. Read here about the vital roles reptiles and amphibians play in the Schlitz Audubon ecosystem, our Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Area, citizen science in the ponds, and more.

June 27, 2017

A day alongside Milwaukee’s the Lake Michigan shoreline.

June 18, 2017

 

I took this photo at the South Shore Yacht Club on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee’s Bayview neighborhood.

Within one brief brainstorming meeting we came up with the theme, name, and basic layout for the invitation for our Annual Gala at Schlitz Audubon. Below is the invitation, completed within a few days after selecting props. I love working with a nimble in-house creative team, how we can come up with ideas that excite us and have the resources and trust from our colleagues to make what we imagine live within hours or days.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered our Warbler Gallery Opening. Go here to read about it, and other things regarding birds in spring.