|Interstate Falls, Iron County, WI, on the border with Michigan's Upper Peninsula|
Making the best of the New York blizzard.
Flying Squirrels in the Milwaukee County Grounds, right in my backyard! Turns out they are native to the area. However, since they are elusive and nocturnal I would never have seen one if not for a chance encounter with Gary Casper, the scientist who is monitoring the squirrels and who took me on a tour of the nesting sites.
In February the wilderness came indoors when the Milwaukee Art Museum opened an exhibit called Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School. My review.
more urban than wilderness, but lovely.
The theme of the Houston conference was "Leading with Landscape." I learned a lot about Houston not only from the conference itself but from the two days of guided tours that followed. I also learned that Milwaukee has long had a head start when it comes to preserving and enjoying its landscapes, aka parks and natural areas. I wrote an essay about that for Milwaukee Magazine called What can Milwaukee learn from "Houstonization?"
|Buffalo Bayou Greenway, Houston, Texas|
Millennium Reserve: visiting Chicagoland's ambitious urban wilderness project.
Cudahy Nature Preserve: bursting with spring
World Fish Migration Day at Riveredge Nature Center
Mangan Woods blossoms with spring
Review of springtime in Milwaukee (Yes!)
In July I discovered that a new trail had been added along the north bank of the Menomonee River across from Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley. North Bank Trail.
We Are Water celebration on Bradford Beach. So began a month of water, nature and park-related events.
Citizens Acting for Rail Safety held its second annual Rally on the Milwaukee River to protest oil trains.
One of my biggest adventures of the year was a kayaking expedition with three other river rats down the Menomonee River, my home turf. The projected three-hour tour turned into a six-hour ordeal that we all loved: The constant lure of adventure: Kayaking a surprisingly wild urban river.
|Kayaking the Menomonee River, Wauwatosa, WI|
National Park Service turns 100.
Monarch return in force to the Monarch Trail.
In October I went a little crazy.
When I returned from up north the unrelentingly beautiful autumn led me to spend nearly every day outside in one or another of the Milwaukee region's remarkable parks and natural areas.
Brew City Safari, I recommend this hiking club. I went on two hikes with them in October:
Milwaukee River Greenway
Havenwoods State Forest
And it took a whole series of posts to share my experience of autumn in Milwaukee:
Greenfield Park: A walk in the woods
Grant and McGovern Parks
Cudahy Nature Preserve and Falk Park
Humans and Animals: Lake Park and Schlitz Audubon
A magnificent autumn in Milwaukee's parks
|Grant Park beach, South Milwaukee, WI|
Quarry Lake ramble: photographs and poetry was the result.
Santa Rampage and if you missed my post the first time, you definitely want to check this one out.
When the snow finally showed up I went back to Greenfield Park and to Havenwoods State Forest to be out in it: First snowfall.
Urban Wilderness in Nicaragua, just posted yesterday after my return.
And so ends 2016. If only the political landscape had been as beautiful as the natural one!
Here's to 2017, may it bring humility as well as accountability, peace and determination, greater cooperation but never tolerance of hate. May we live sustainably and spend time in nature frequently whether we live in a city, suburb or rural area.
|Greenfield Park, West Allis, WI|