Forward by Jerry Davis

How about launching a new Thanksgiving tradition in Wisconsin?

Even if there wasn’t turkey on the tables for the very first autumn celebration, what we have come to know as Thanksgiving, we certainly eat breasts and drumsticks aplenty now. We should not forget there is another goings-on during Thanksgiving week, too – the nine-day gun deer season.

Listen to nature’s sounds and decipher the meanings

Most animal sounds, usually called vocalizations and regardless of origin, carry meanings. Sometimes they are calls to others of their kind, attracting mates, sounding alarms, finding food, and in some cases acquiring food. Insects are common pollinators, which are attracted…

Lending a helping hand now to maintain, or gain, permission

Anytime is a great time to lend assistance, but extra labor is particularly helpful during a tough winter. Our landowner friends, particularly farmers, must do a day’s work after a big snowstorm before their day of work begins. After school,…

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…

About This Blog


Jerry Davis, of Barneveld, is a biology professor emeritus at UW-La Crosse, and is an Honorary Fellow in the Botany Department at UW-Madison.

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