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Sportsmen Since 1967

Christine Thomas

Christine Thomas: Let’s take a deeper look at nature photography

“I think you should find a subject that is not as fast as a chickadee,” my daughter, Shannon Honl, kibitzed.
Over the course of this spring, readers have followed our bird nest house projects. Several readers offered nest box advice.
Apparently, lots of Wisconsin Outdoor News readers enjoy attracting nesting birds to their cabins and backyards. Photography is a great way for wildlife enthusiasts to add an element to their outdoor activities.

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Christine Thomas catches the ‘shutter’ bug with nature photography

“I think you should rent some cameras and lenses to see what you like,” advised my daughter, Shannon Honl. “Do some Internet research, read some reviews, and rent something you think you want to purchase.”
She was responding to my inquiry about what camera I should think about buying. I have been frustrated that I have not been able to get better wildlife shots with my cell phone. I like that I always have my phone handy, that it is light and uncomplicated, and that I can easily share photos from it. I do not like that I do not have the reach I need for birds and other critters.

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Christine Thomas: Life and death mallard drama in Plover, Wis.

Life is all about energy and reproduction. Organisms need to take in enough energy to grow, sustain their biological functions, and to successfully produce offspring. Activities that require higher levels of energy than can be replenished do not make biological sense. Too many choices like that will lead to the demise of the organism.

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Christine Thomas: Nest box ‘eggcitement’ at little cabin

I did a column for Wisconsin Outdoor News on bluebird nest boxes in early April.
At that time, we were planning to set out a few more boxes in locations that might be more conducive to bluebirds and less conducive to chickadees and tree frogs. A week later, my husband Stan and I went to Jay-Mar in Plover and purchased four very basic, locally built, wooden bluebird nest boxes. Stan had steel fence posts in inventory. We also made a stop to pick up some linseed oil, which is a recommended preservative for nest boxes.

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Christine Thomas: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point celebrates 50 years of black bear research

On April 2, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Foundation invited faculty, staff, volunteers, and donors to a celebration to commemorate the completion of a $1 million endowment to support the future of a Wisconsin black bear research project that has been underway in the greater Clam Lake area for approximately five decades.
They asked me to provide a little bit of history on the project. So many old friends showed up in an April blizzard. This was a very emotional day for me. The following represent my remarks.

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Christine Thomas: A bluebird (nest box) day at the little cabin

On March 7, my friend, Pat Empson, who lives near an orchard north of Traverse City, Mich., posted a great Facebook photo of an eastern bluebird perched on what looks like a piece of furniture in her yard. A week later, her local television station featured it in two of its newscasts.
“Wow!” I exclaimed, as I showed the photo to my husband, Stan. “This seems early. I guess we had better get our nest boxes cleaned out.”

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