Monthly Archives: August 2015

Chiwaukee Prairie: A rolling meadow of diversity and change

By Brooke Hemze, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Looking out across a patchwork of grasses and flowers dotted along the rolling meadows of glaciated topography of ridge and swale, I take in the landscape of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area, the most intact coastal wetland complex in southeastern Wisconsin. A botanist’s dream, Chiwaukee boasts a diversity of more than 400 native species of plants. Foundation Communications Director Lindsay Renick Mayer and I spent the day...

Restoring wild rice for waterfowl in the Mead Wildlife Area

By Patrice Eyers, guest blogger from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources As far back as one can imagine, the area that sits between Wausau and Stevens Point along the Little Eau Pleine River, has been cherished for its abundance of natural resources. In pre-settlement times, the Chippewa inhabited Smokey Hill, a forested island in the former Rice Lake. The river and the lowland marshes provided a bounty of white-tail deer, bear, fish, beaver, muskrat,...

The best of the best in Wisconsin recreation

By Brooke Hemze, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin With the abundance of natural resources in the state of Wisconsin, it’s no wonder this land has long attracted outdoor recreationists. To find the best in Wisconsin recreation we consulted the experts–Wisconsin outdoor lovers like you! We encouraged avid runners, river paddlers, passionate hikers, curious cyclists and all explorers of Wisconsin to let us know what they thought the best places for biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming,...

Portrait of the nature photography enthusiast

By Vince Aiello, Foundation volunteer photographer To view more of Vince’s photography, visit his website at http://vincentaiellophotographer.com. I have always had a strong interest in nature. I can’t pinpoint when it started. All I know is I’d rather spend as much time outdoor rather than inside. For me, I think it started by hearing the stories that my grandpa would tell at the dinner table. He had all of these amazing stories about things in nature....

A home for purple martins on Memory Lake

By Glenn Rolloff, Village of Grantsburg The Grantsburg, Wisconsin, area is surrounded by 1000s of acres of wildlife reserves including the 17,000-acre Crex Wildlife Area and the 14,000-acre Fish Lake Wildlife area. These large sanctuaries attract trumpeter swans, Canadian geese, sandhill cranes and even a lone garganey duck from far off Asia shores! The “big birds” certainly have a home. But nestled in the four square miles of Grantsburg Village is tiny Memory Lake. On its shores,...