Monthly Archives

June 2016
  • Arboretum – Summer Solstice

    I have taken numerous bike rides through the UW Arboretum, but I had yet to walk on its network of trails.

    That was before June 20, when a new biking friend invited me to attend one of the arboretum’s scheduled events: a summer solstice night walk. Let’s just say I’ve been missing out on some beautiful sights and […]

  • Thomson Memorial Prairie

    Things aren’t always what they seem.

    Take, for instance, Thomson Memorial Prairie just south of Blue Mounds. Reconsider shrugging it off as just another field near expansive farmland, because it’s actually one of the few remaining dry prairies in Wisconsin.

    I traveled there on June 4 for a field trip through The Nature Conservancy (which owns and manages over 600 acres of […]

  • Nature Festival – Forest and Creek

    Our third and final day of the 10th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival was bittersweet. There was still so much we could potentially see on the trails, but we were getting worn out from all the walking. And the mosquitoes – they got pretty bad, too.

    North Country Trail

    The hilly hike along the North Country National Scenic […]

  • Nature Festival – Caroline Lake Preserve

    Caroline Lake

    We explored Caroline Lake Preserve and State Natural Area near Mellen on May 20, the second day of the 10th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival. It was fitting considering the lake forms the headwaters of the Bad River, which flows to the Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs that we toured by boat the previous day.

    Ensuring the water stays clean and […]

  • Nature Festival – Water, Land and Sky

    May 19 was the first day of the 10th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival, and we didn’t waste any time exploring the water, land and sky.

    Kakagon Sloughs

    Our first stop was to the Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs, or what some call the “Everglades of the North.” The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa owns more than 16,000 acres of […]

  • Nature Festival – Ashland

    I can hardly believe it’s been over a month since I was up north trying to spot warblers and other migrating birds flitting through trees and over the water during the 10th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival. Hundreds of bird and nature enthusiasts flocked to the Ashland, Wis. area from May 19-21 to […]

  • Barneveld Prairie

    A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday morning getting fresh (chilly) air and dirty hands at Barneveld Prairie.

    The Nature Conservancy held a volunteer work party there on the parcel of land known as the Muehllehner Addition on May 14 to collect invasive garlic mustard. So now I know that the “pretty” white flowering plant that […]