The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
Sep28

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

When the Evergreen Nature Book Club met to discuss The Invention of Nature, none of us could recall ever having heard of Alexander von Humboldt. Yet, our ideas about the natural world are indebted to the life’s work of this great 19th-century naturalist. We do know of several items that were named after Humboldt: the Humboldt Penguin, the Humboldt Current off the west coast of South America, Humboldt California, and Humboldt Peak, a...

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Highlights from September 16 Bird Walk to Chatfield State Park
Sep17

Highlights from September 16 Bird Walk to Chatfield State Park

Migration is in full swing, and eleven of us got to partake of a good dose of it this past Saturday at Chatfield State Park. We had eight members of the Anatidae family (swans, geese and ducks), and this will continue to get better. Some of the males are emerging gloriously from their eclipse plumage, and in another few weeks all the boys should look primed for courtship. A highlight for me was getting to see the emerging deep...

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Highlights from September 6 Bird Walk to Bear Creek Lake Park
Sep08

Highlights from September 6 Bird Walk to Bear Creek Lake Park

Five of us had an incredible morning at Bear Creek Lake Park tallying 54 species (see list below). While we didn’t see anything too unexpected, we did manage to see several species that you can never quite count on getting every time you’re out, e.g. Ruddy Duck, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cooper’s Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Blue Jay, Cliff Swallow, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Wilson’s Warbler, Brewer’s Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, and...

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Book Review: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Aug29

Book Review: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. The unusual title, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, caught my eye, in addition to a note on the book cover that revealed that Elisabeth Bailey was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for her small book, an auspicious mention. Bill and I were visiting the Botanical Gardens at the University of Wisconsin when I found this delightful account at the bookstore. I hadn’t...

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President’s Report – September 2017
Aug26

President’s Report – September 2017

Last night we celebrated the Nature Center at our Annual Bash and Benefit.  What a wonder evening, giving us all a chance to catch up and support our gem of a resource.  Thank you to those that attended and who gave generously to the cause. During the paddle raises, some folks were so anxious to give they wouldn’t even let Brad finish describing what we needed before getting their bidder number up!

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