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As October wanes I’m leaning my back on the south side of the old shed where autumn’s afternoon sunshine slants across my face. The sun paints…

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Last Christmas, I received a hilarious gift: the "Dumb Birds of North America 2021 Daily Calendar." It features silly and often profane bird f…

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So 50 falls ago, I saw the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area and the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. These large tracts of publ…

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The intent was not to keep the blue jay and squirrel stocked with corn. It just happened because that’s what the scarecrow offered — one cornc…

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We recently had a spell of warm weather well into October, which compels humans in this climate to get outside and prepare for winter: getting…

Shuffling restlessly around the house, I needed to do something else before bed. Scrub the sink? Nah. Read? I’d just fall asleep. I looked out…

We all know that in life much of our existence is wrapped around family and friends. This week’s adventure changed a month before it happened,…

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On a warm afternoon in early October there’s a hint of summer lingering, but I can clearly see summer also fleeing with the freeing of each le…

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Walking around the neighborhood at dusk this time of year reveals a surprising number of finds for bird lovers. The dark-eyed juncos are final…

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Fifty duck seasons ago I camped on an island on the Mississippi River near Ferryville for the first time and hunted ducks with my brothers Mik…

The activity of bumblebees in the museum’s pollinator gardens has continued to distract me through my office windows on warm afternoons. But b…

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It was either 50 or 51 years ago that my dad took me camping on an island to fish walleye on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for the first time. T…

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When the autumnal equinox eased in, when the sun paused directly above the equator some 3,000 miles away, I was in the woods. Aptly so, for do…

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If you’re out along Chequamegon Bay or any of the nearby sloughs this time of year, you’ll see all manner of water-loving birds getting ready …

Last week I helped hunting and fishing guide Joe Flater with his bear hunters. Basically Dave Schmitt and I of Adams were grunt labor, as in s…

My office window looks out onto the museum’s backyard and the pollinator gardens that grow there in tousled abundance. Wildflower season peake…

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Fall is a great time to get out and explore, especially that sweet spot between summer tourist season and peak color when the roads and trails…

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I pulled a lawn chair up tight to the herb garden, to nearly within a foot of honeybees working over the pinkish-mauve flowerheads. They didn’…

We’re lucky to live in this swath of the continent known as the Northwoods, where fall colors are spectacular. Go a little south or head farth…

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As many of you are aware I enjoy doing outdoor related sports in a canoe. This fall no one in my inner circle has a bear tag so a week in whic…

Autumn is here and most bird enthusiasts are saying goodbye to their summer visitors and are hopeful for a sighting of a seasonal regular or e…

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Five apples. That’s all I could count as I circled an apple tree fading into the brush just off the loosely-defined trail. Prickly ash grabbed…

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