Beavers Return to The Good Land

Well, after a few months of shooting and editing, the documentary about beavers returning to the Milwaukee River is complete! I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. Beavers have been returning to Milwaukee’s waterways, but rather than explain why – I’ll let you watch and learn for yourself below.

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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.

Beavers in the Milwaukee River Documentary

Here is a little teaser footage I shot this morning for a project I’m working on. Beavers have gradually returned to the Milwaukee River and this rehabilitated animal was released in the river this morning. By all accounts, Chip seems to be doing very well in her new natural river island habitat.

 

Wisconsin River Camping and Fishing

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!