A NATURAL MYSTERY

by KATE BALDWIN

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Wisconsinites: The annual DNR online questionnaire is open now for just 72 hours!dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/wcc/springhearingLet the DNR know how you feel about lead ammunition poisoning the environment when there are other non-toxic alternatives readily available. (see questions 28 & 29)The survey closes at noon on Saturday.There are about 50 pre-prepared questions and then 8 new citizen resolutions for Dane County, but if you get overwhelmed you can always enter "no opinion” for the ones that don’t speak to you.I always check the recommendations from the *Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance Ltd* because I met Jerry Pasdo from their group once, and I was very impressed with his scientific knowledge and dedication to conservation. wisconsinsmallmouth.com/wordpress/?p=2331There are also questions about PFAS and herbicide use in aquatic ecosystems.The illustration here is from my book, The Formations, and shows a bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning, an unnecessary consequence of lead ammunition used in hunting. ... See MoreSee Less
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This week we had quite a bit of snow fall in south central Wisconsin. One of our favorite hobbies around here is to act shocked when it snows in April, even though it happens most years. I poked fun at this tradition in a Facebook post within The Formations (theformationsmystery.com). ... See MoreSee Less
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The squirrels are already nesting, so beware of any tree cutting yard work!Here's a reminder from our friend Sammie of KAPOW! books. kapowbooks.com/#treetrimming #protectwildlife #babyseason ... See MoreSee Less
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This is a cool painting by Konstantin Korobov showing the interconnectedness of prey and predator. The interactions between different species in nature is a theme of my murder mystery book, The Formations.theformationsmystery.comCheck out Korobov's work: xkk.su ... See MoreSee Less
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Wisconsin WildCare is a wonderful organization, close to my heart, and the only group in the greater Madison area that helps raccoons in need. If you would like to learn about fostering orphaned baby raccoons this spring, check them out!We've added another orientation training session for this season! Submit an application on our website if you haven't already to receive details.wiwildcare.org ... See MoreSee Less
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My favorite painter is Tiffany Bozic. So many of her paintings show the interconnectedness of different species in nature. I tried to capture this same sentiment in The Formations.theformationsmystery.comCheck out more of Bozic's work at her website: tiffanybozic.com ... See MoreSee Less
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