Wolf Sign on a Winter Walk

It was a beautiful sunny day today, perfect for a winter walk. The snow is too deep for my short-legged companion Annie to accompany me on an off-road snowshoe hike, so I took advantage of the marvelous gravel roadways on Crex Meadows, not far from home and blessedly unplowed after the latest 3-4 inch snowfall … Continue reading Wolf Sign on a Winter Walk

The Perfect Flower Family

I think my favorite family of flowering plants has to be the Heath Family, because of it's diverse plant types, useful fruits and generally small but beautiful flowers.  The Latin name for this family is Ericaceae, which is derived from the Greek ereike, which means, loosely "heather".  Members of the Heath Family can be found … Continue reading The Perfect Flower Family

Spring birding at Crex Meadows

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