Stuff I Find Interesting

Some links to websites and pages I find interesting, places I love to explore, and causes I care about…

Burnett County FUN!

Want more information about my backyard playground? is the place to go to get more information and links to the many events, activities, businesses, non-profits, visitor centers, historical sites, wildlife areas and county forests in Burnett County Wisconsin.  Sometimes my blogs are posted on this website, and it is managed by the non-profit group Burnett County Tourism Coalition, of which I am the Public Relations Manager.  Check it out!

Click on the image below to go to the Interactive 2020 Burnett County Visitor Guide & Map.

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Just a few minutes from my front door, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre state public hunting ground with miles and miles of well-maintained gravel roadways and hunter waking trails traversing brush prairie, wetlands, lakes, flowages, and woodlands.  There is a lot of information on the website on upcoming programs at the visitor center, and how to best spend your time if you ever come visit the area.  There is also information about nearby Fish Lake and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas.

Governor Knowles State Forest

A great place for hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, hunting, and exploring!  The forest stretches along the St. Croix River for miles and miles, from Danbury in the north nearly to St. Croix Falls in the south.

Sax-Zim Bog

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This place is awesome!  It is northwest of Duluth, south of VIrginia and east of Hibbing, near Meadowlands, MN.  I usually visit there a couple times each winter in search of winter boreal bird species such as Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Pine Grosbeak, and White-billed and Red Crossbills.  There are a lot of roads throughout the area that bring you through vast expanses of bog, land, state wildlife areas, and farmland.  Several homes put out bird feeders, and there are even some that invite people into their yards to observe the birds and other critters at the feeders. Lots of great photography potential.

Also a great place to snowshoe and cross-country ski.  There is a cute little visitor center where you can find maps and buy sweatshirts and hats, and their website gives you TONS of information.  This Friends Group knows what they are doing – they have raised a lot of money to purchase wild bog land to preserve, and have a lot of fun classes and activities throughout the year.

Burnett County GIS

I think it is so cool that we have free access to GIS mapping by county. This app can help you find public lands and figure out who your neighbors are for the entire county.

Map Grantsburg to Yellow Lake
This map shows all the public lands and roads and trails between my house (bottom left) in Grantsburg and my land (top right) near Little Yellow Lake. The GIS website allows you to change the layers and use different aerial maps taken at different times of year over the past 15 years.

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is the state’s largest conservation organization comprised of over 200 hundred conservation organizations, and is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. They are dedicated to conservation education, the support of hunting, fishing, trapping and other nature-based outdoor recreational pursuits, the protection of fish and wildlife habitat, assuring access to public lands and waters, and support for the Second Amendment and promotion of the shooting sports.

Jim Swanson Man of the Woods

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A recent photo from Jim Swanson, Man of the Woods Facebook page.

“The consummate outdoorsman” – Jim Swanson is a writer, living historian, educator, and story-teller.  He camps primitively, hunts exclusively with muzzleloading guns – often while dressed in historic garb, comes up with great recipes for his Cookshack column, and writes about his experiences in the outdoors with humor and romance.  He regularly posts his newspaper columns to his Facebook page.  Go to his page and Like it so that you get regular updates on his many adventures.

Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society

The WSGS is a non-profit group of good folks who are dedicated to preserving habitat that supports the Sharp-tailed Grouse.  The habitat that this species of grouse prefer is the rare pine barrens that has become endangered in the U.S.  The WSGS has raised thousands of dollars for preservation projects at Crex Meadows, Namekagon Barrens, Pershing, Moquah Barrens and the Douglas County Wildlife Area.  If you want to help, go to their website and look into becoming a member.

Wildwood Business Solutions

This is my business – I can help you create your website, teach you how to make the most of social media and create striking and eye-catching advertising to post on Facebook and print media.  I also do bookkeeping and other office administration, and can even help you figure out how to use your DSLR or Point and Shoot camera in very easy to understand terms in one-on-one sessions that I call “Administrative Therapy”.

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