Wisconsin – Jerry Davis

Try stove-top syrups this spring

Seeing displays of sap-tapping tools and equipment might turn most outdoors enthusiasts and gardeners to a different store location. But fear not, anyone who can identify a maple tree, any maple, even a box elder, can make enough maple syrup for at least one pancake or French toast feed with a few neighbors. While most sugar-bush tappers wait until a…

Wisconsin hunters: Watch what you’re wearing during post-hunt photo sessions

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners also gave preliminary approval to a measure that would simplify requirements to wear fluorescent orange material while hunting. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Some of the most unlikely to-do-so publications run photos of smiling hunters inappropriately dressed while doing their activity and with their prey nearby. Safety is often the issue and being illegally dressed another. OK,…

Campground hosts, volunteers Pat and Jerry Cornelius receive award from Governor Dodge State Park

Pat and Jerry Cornelius (center) accept an award from David Borsecnik and Kathleen Gruentzel at Governor Dodge State Park. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Who says folks from Illinois aren’t friendly, giving and respectful of their neighbor to the immediate north? Pat Cornelius and her husband, Jerry, both 73, have been volunteering at Governor Dodge State Park for several months each summer…

Turn journaling into phenology

Morel mushrooms begin appearing about when upland sandpipers return from Argentina. (Photo by Jerry Davis)Morel mushrooms appear when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear, someone once proclaimed. That was an old adage using phenology to correlate one event with another.  Even though this adage is no longer as accurate as it may have been, it points out…