We feel blessed by the bats in our barn, but with White Nose Syndrome now present in Southwest Wisconsin – how much longer will they survive?
Walk the Ice Age Trail with the Badger Science Writers and learn about Wisconsin geography in the terminal-moraine landscape.
We hosted Highland Middle School’s 60 students for a tour of Underhill House last Friday. Highland is a nearby village with 842 residents, and its school system is pushing the […]
Doug and I have just returned from a week of visiting his mom in Seattle. Dorothy loves flowers, and when she lived in Wisconsin, we used to bring her bouquets from the Dane County Farmers Market throughout the growing season. I normally do not buy flowers through commercial outlets because […]
Living in Underhill House is a many-faceted experience. Moving about among its unmilled, branching timbers never seems to lose its charm, and gradually working my way through all the finishing projects is very satisfying. But what we are loving best is that now we are living on our land and […]
Here’s an interesting press release I just got from the University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – Using the meticulous phenological records of two iconic American naturalists, Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, scientists have demonstrated that native plants in the eastern United States are flowering as much as a month […]
When you build a house, you find yourself in the market for a lot of light bulbs. Prepare to be blinded by the light, because the range of bulbs on the market is both dazzling and disappointing. According to the U.S. Lighting Energy Policy website, incandescent bulbs still account for […]
The health care industry uses enormous amount of energy and generates a vast amount of waste. What is going to turn this power-hungry, polluting ship around? Hopefully the next generation of medical care providers. If you would like to follow the progress of a new medical student who is focused […]
The Xerces Society has just released the report, Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees? A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Bees, with Recommendations for Action. According to a report from Penn State, The neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that impact the central nervous system […]
I have built hundreds of fires in my life. For 12 years we partially heated our house in Illinois with a wood-burning stove, and I have made more than my share of campfires and bonfires. While we were living in exile in the northern Chicago suburb of Libertyville, Doug and […]