Ecosystem Restoration

CITIZENS SEARCHING FOR SALAMANDERS

Let’s here it for Volunteer Environmental Monitoring! Volunteers are our eyes and ears into what is happening in the natural world.  With dramatic cuts in government-funded monitoring programs, volunteers have stepped up to the plate.  Grassroots environmental groups continue the monitoring that would have to be abandoned if it depended […]

FROG SONG

The snow has receded to tiny patches on northern hill slopes.  The plates of ice are floating on the mostly-open surface of the pond, and that has freed the Western Chorus Frogs, who began singing three days ago. These are tiny little frogs no bigger than the tip of a […]

9 FINE SITES TO SAVE YOUR SOIL

Food comes from the soil, but where does soil come from?  That’s what I’m learning in my first reading assignment of the Training Program for Master Gardener Volunteers.  (The University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program provides extensive, free horticultural training to people,who in turnshare their training for gardening-related projects […]

THINKING LIKE A BLUEBIRD

Last summer some friends gave us a bluebird house.  At that point, I knew one thing about bluebirds – they are featured in a song that includes the words zippety doo dah. Not surprisingly, zip was exactly how many bluebirds we interested in our spiffy, new birdhouse. Now I am […]

ONE TINY PIECE IN A PATCHWORK PRAIRIE

Geography is destiny, and I got both my geography and my destiny defined a little more clearly yesterday at the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum’s Winter Enrichment Lecture Series.  Naturalist extraordinaire Rich Henderson shared his insights about the past, present and future ecology of prairies in Wisconsin.  He was speaking from 34 […]