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.

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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.

Canoeing Along the Wisconsin River

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.

 

Lake Michigan Today

The view from above Lake Michigan was quite stunning today.