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Biologist Devotes Life To Wild Rice

Peter David knew little about wild rice when he began his job as a biologist for the Great Lakes Indian ...

The Beauty Of September In Wisconsin

Fall is a blissful time in Wisconsin. Catherine Jagoe celebrates the best of the season before our retreat into winter. ...

Mud Season, The Unloveliest Of Wisconsin Months

This weekend marks the first day of spring – at least astronomically. Writer Catherine Jagoe tells us why this time ...

A Walk Through The Cedarburg Bog

European settlers to Wisconsin saw wetlands as wasted space to be drained. But that view changed over time, and in 1952, Wisconsin’s ...

Discovering An Ecosystem

Lately, I have been on the trail of a muskrat.  Before winter, his muddy mound of a home appeared through ...

A History of Midwest Vines

Before California was the center of the American wine universe, the Midwest loomed large. Wisconsin had vineyards and wineries before ...

A Life in Gourds

Humans have used gourds for a variety of purposes for centuries. Artist Terri Schmit didn’t even know what a gourd ...

Botanical Artist Creates Flora And Fauna Illustrations

Kandis Elliot understands she has an “old-timey” job.  Back in the 1800’s scientists relied on artists to illustrate textbooks and ...

Earth Day – Plants

Sunday is Earth Day, a day for appreciating and thinking about our natural environment. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn brought a ...

Immigrant Plants

Many of the herbs and vegetables in our summer gardens are European immigrants. They came to Wisconsin as seeds and ...

Poisonous Plants

Farmer’s markets are full of summer produce right now, but so are the state’s wild woods and streams. From milkweed ...