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Natural Connections

Dec 16, 2021

Back in the 1970s, Gary Siegwarth stuck a carton of ice cream in a snowdrift. “I thought it was the perfect hiding place from my siblings,” Gary told me, “Turns out the ice cream cache quickly metamorphosized into a subnivean shake… Gary had discovered the Subnivean Zone. This week, I’ve tucked thermometers...

Dec 9, 2021

While splitting firewood, Naturalist Emily Stone found an entire civilization of carpenter ants. Well, maybe it was just a satellite nest with drones, queens, and workers. How were they planning to spend the winter inside a chunk of red elm? Find out more in this Natural Connections episode.

Dec 2, 2021

Clubmoss, prince’s pine, and ground pine are just three of many names applied to little evergreen plants in the family Lycopodiaceae. Besides looking like adorable, doll-sized Christmas trees, these plants have explosive spores that were used in the first flash photography, magic tricks, and more. They also have...

Nov 25, 2021

Kris Millgate is an award-winning outdoor journalist who recently completed a “doozy of a road trip” following Chinook salmon from the ocean to Idaho and back. She’s also my friend. This week, I share a little bit of what I know about her adventures, plus the connections between salmon, dams, and Wisconsin....