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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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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by Brooke Gilley To see a group of hummingbirds (also known as a charm or tune) is a marvelous thing.  I remember my first experience witnessing a charm of hummingbirds. It happened at the Woodlands Nature Station located in Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area in Western Kentucky Among the multiple native plant gardens…

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By Brooke Gilley The blooming of Virginia bluebells marks the busy season for bumble bee queens and the beginning of monitoring season for the Bumble Bee Brigade. Bumble bee queens have been hibernating underground, waiting for the soil to warm up so they can start to gather the nectar and pollen needed to lay the…

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Wisconsinites are always on the lookout for the arrival of spring. We celebrate each January or February thaw, even though we know it is just a tease. Hearing the “Konk-ka-ree” of the first red-winged blackbird in early March raises our spirits too, but nothing defines the arrival of spring quite like the blooming of the…

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Photo of an American Woodcock, a bizarre looking woodland shorebird in the sandpiper family

The American woodcock (Scolopax minor)– aka Timberdoodle, Bog sucker, Mudsnipe, Hokumpoke, Night partridge, Labrador twister, and Mud bat to name a few – is a bizarre looking woodland shorebird in the sandpiper family with unique looks and interesting behaviors. Woodcock adaptations include an exceptionally long probing bill with a flexible tip, ideal for finding their…

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