February Fireflies Escape in to the Twilight

Oh man. These sticks are fire AF right now.

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The Incredible Force of Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan has been turbulent of late, splashing huge waves and creating icecanos all over the frozen beach. A gorgeous place in winter. I love how this chunk of packed snow and ice falls down after the wave hits.

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.

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.

Stumbled on a Muskrat Under Ice

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.

The Perfect Milwaukee Bike Camping Trip

Bicycle camping is a fantastic way to get to see the areas we generally breeze by in a car.

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Morning at the Lannon Quarry Lake in Menomonee Park. 

I went bicycle camping with my nine-year-old to Menomonee Park, also known as Lannon Quarry when I was growing up. The trip proved to be the perfect one day out, one day back bike camping trip from Milwaukee. Read about our experience in this article at Wisconsin Bike Federation.