From Yard to Natural Habitat

Here’s How We Did It! by Sarah and David Stokes When my husband, David, and I moved to Hales Corners in 2017, our yard consisted of a green grass lawn and several trees. We are both environmentalists and knew that a natural yard was in our future, but were not sure how to get started.…

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Wehr’s Natural Diversity: The Upland Woods

The all-season beauty of the upland forest along our Blue Trail makes it must-see for visitors to Wehr. The 53-acre stand is diverse. Oaks, hickories, and black cherry trees are common in drier areas, while sugar maples dominate in moist north facing locations. Everything in the woodland revolves around these trees. Competition for light creates…

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Worms Threaten Wehr’s Woodland

Wait, what? Worms are supposed to be good for the environment, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. All worms in Wisconsin are technically invasive. Worms were wiped from the Great Lakes’ landscape by glaciers that receded just 15,000 years ago. European settlers reintroduced worms such as nightcrawlers and red wigglers when they arrived. But while…

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Moving Forward Safely

Written by Deb McRae The warbers are back, the wildflowers are incredible, and we are still safer at home!  But “safer at home” is taking on a little different look.  Summer-like temperatures are teasing us, and all of us are tired of being cooped up. Everyone is heading outdoors. All of us at Wehr want…

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Climate Change is Changing Wehr

Written by Bev Bryant We tend to think of climate change as being a far-away problem; something that is happening in Australia or to Polar bears, or to our great-grandkids at some point in the distant future. The reality is climate change is happening right now and right here. At Wehr we have noticed the…

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A Great Time to be a Birder – updated 5/14/21

Written by Jennifer Rutten “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”  Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac” In his foreword to A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold wrote these familiar words. They ring true to me as a newish birder (3 years now) for I along with others cannot lie…

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Keep Calm and…SQUIRREL!

Written by Holly Walz Who’s that bushy-tailed, gray, and furry fellow on the birdfeeder?!  It’s no bird – must be a gray SQUIRREL! Common visitors to parks and backyards in Milwaukee, squirrels also live in hardwood and mixed coniferous hardwood forests throughout Wisconsin – wherever there are trees with nuts. If you have a bird…

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