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Citizen Stream Monitor

Across the country, trained volunteers monitor the condition of local streams, lakes, and wetlands. Writer Mary Ellen Gabriel tells us about the stream she watches with her sons and the experience of doing citizen science. 

Mary Ellen Gabriel is a writer in Madison. 

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Spring Warblers:

Spring warblers are beginning to make their way through Wisconsin right now. Today, writer Mary Ellen Gabriel recalls the spring she finally learned how to spot them.

Mary Ellen Gabriel is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Midwest Living, Horticulture Magazine, Wisconsin Trails, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region.

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Blackberries:

The lush foliage of summer often holds bright and delicious summer treats: wild berries. Commentator Mary Ellen Gabriel tells us about one of her favorite and unexpected places to find blackberries.

Mary Ellen Gabriel is a freelance writer and the marketing and outreach manager for the Center for the Humanities.

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