Vining plants are a useful commodity and gift from nature. They can be utilized for several different projects, from making wreaths and other artful decorations to more utilitarian uses such as making cordage for rope or even weaving them into bowls and containers for carrying and storage. I have two vining species that grow in … Continue reading Useful Vines
Asparagus will soon be coming up in the garden. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is on the grill, but any way of cooking that creates a char works nearly as well. I also like using lemon juice, and sometimes make a hollandaise sauce if I am feeling adventurous. We had asparagus with dinner last … Continue reading Asparagus Time!
I’m in North Dakota today and we drove some backroads between Valley City and Jamestown. I forgot to bring a card reader so this is the only way I can share some images. Tomorrow we drive from Jamestown to Sioux Falls. u
Each spring a group of volunteers diverge throughout Crex Meadows and Fish Lake Wildlife Areas near Grantsburg Wisconsin to survey the marshlands for Sandhill Cranes. The goal is to get a handle on how many breeding pairs of cranes exist in the midwest and is sponsored by the International Crane Foundation. The survey takes place … Continue reading Counting Cranes
The Burnett County GIS website http://burnettcowi.wgxtreme.com/ allows you to search and explore properties and owner information for the entire county. You can change the layers and use different aerial maps taken at different times of year over the past 15 years and save and print screen shots. It is a pretty neat tool! Other counties … Continue reading Online Mapping Tools Aid in Exploration
I took my dogs Jet and Annie for an evening walk down to Paint Mine Road this week. I will be leading a wildflower walk there in a few weeks and wanted to see if anything was growing yet. I really did not expect to see much, if any, floral activity, but I was in … Continue reading Paint Mine Road Before The Bloom
Spring is here and birds are returning from their southern ventures over the winter. Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is one of the premier birding hot spots in the country, and for many good reasons. Habitat: Crex Meadows is over 30,000 acres of undeveloped land that includes mainly upland brush prairie, marshy wetlands and shallow flowages, … Continue reading Spring birding at Crex Meadows