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Hunting Partners

Dan Orth of Fairchild has been hunting since he was a boy, but his hunting skills can’t compare to those of his hunting partner, a Goshawk named ‘Daisy’. Relying on Daisy’s keen sight and speed, Dan sets out to catch pheasants and other small birds the old-fashioned way. 

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Paddleboard Yoga

It was a bike accident that first brought Maureen Hebl to yoga, but the peace and serenity that yoga provided was what kept her hooked. Now, she’s a busy instructor holding classes at Madison studios, community centers and giving private lessons. She adds a surprising variation to her traditional practice by doing yoga on a stand-up paddleboard while on water – connecting her and her students more closely to the nature around them. 

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Trilliums: Jewels of a Wisconsin Spring

Trilliums are the jewels of the forest floor. For Gail Folkins, spotting trilliums in Wisconsin reminded her of growing up in Washington State. The flower’s distinctive three petals made her feel right at home.

Gail Folkins is the author of Texas Dance Halls and teaches at UW-Stevens Point.

Photo: monophysite57-zzz 

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Just a Chicken

Chickens have become common backyard animals in areas urban and rural. Chicken-sitting for neighbors, writer Heidi Hodges considered the relationship between humans and animals.

Heidi Hodges is a photographer and the editor of Door County Magazine.

Photo: Wout 

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Music on Ice

This winter gave us the spectacular ice caves in the Apostle Islands. But ice can do more than just look beautiful. Musician Marlin Ledin rode his bike around the icy surface of Lake Superior, recording the sounds of the ice. 

Photo: Peace Coffee

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Retreat

Certain animals have what some might consider the good fortune of sleeping through winter. But while we may not hibernate, writer Colleen DuVall suggests that we do have the option of another type of withdrawal.

Photo: Rik Panganiban

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Snow Wars

Winter inspires strong feelings. As winter draws to a close – at least on the calendar – writer Jill Sisson Quinn explores why winter defines us. 

Photo: Tegan Wendland

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In a New Light

Photographer/counselor Ben Thwaits takes young people from the Northwest Passage treatment center into the wild armed with cameras, as part of a program called “In a New Light.”  Located near Spooner, Ben thought it might be therapeutic for teens to express themselves through nature photography - an idea that the National Parks Service called one of “America’s Best Ideas of 2010”.

For more information on the program and to see some of the incredible photographs produced by Ben and his students visit the Northwest Passage blog

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Friends

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance. But it’s also a holiday of love in all its forms. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn tells us about one of the loves in her life. 

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer in Central Wisconsin. 

Photo: Jill Sisson Quinn

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Birchbark Canoe

As a young boy, Wayne Valliere’s grandmother said to him, “Your grandfathers are written throughout history. I challenge you and your brothers to think, what will your grandchildren say about you someday?”  That inspired Valliere to pass on his Native American culture to young people in his community.  One of the ways he does that is by teaching them how to craft traditional birchbark canoes.

Interested in learning more? Follow this link to a blog about Wayne Valliere’s work on the birch bark canoe.

 

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A Cold Winter Brings Spectacular Ice to Lake Superior

While many may look at this winter’s extreme cold with disgust, it’s being praised by thousands traveling to northern Wisconsin.  That’s because a rare natural phenomenon has taken shape along the red sandstone cliffs of Lake Superior’s south shore.  WPR’s Rich Kremer went to see the spectacular ice caves, accessible for the first time in five years thanks to the cold.   

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The Bones of the Penokee Range

Rocks are the backbone of the Penokee Range. Washburn-based photographer Bob Gross is trying to give these not often seen pieces of the land a close up. Gross worked with Northland College geosciences professor Tom Fitz to create an exhibit of photographs.  Danielle Kaeding with Northland College radio station WRNC brings us the story of what Gross calls “The Bones of the Land.” 

Photo: hired-lens

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Stars Align

John Rummel is an avid photographer who loves to work at night… in fact, he must work at night.  John captures the night sky in his work and composes his photos by calculating the moons trajectory over Madison.

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Sphinx Moth: A Hummingbird Imposter

Is it a moth or a bird? Hummingbird moths are fantastic imposters. Writer Jill Sisson Quinn reflects on the moths flitting about her yard.

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher in Central Wisconsin.

Photo: Usually Melancholy

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Musician Sets Aldo Leopold’s Words to Song

More than 60 years after its publication, Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanaccontinues to influence conversations about the relationship between people and the land. It also inspired musician Tim Southwick Johnson, who set many of Leopold’s themes and words to music. Today, Johnson shares his discovery of Leopold.

Tim Southwick Johnson latest album is Sand County Songs

Photo:  Tim Southwick Johnson

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