With only 1/100th of 1% remaining, tallgrass and shortgrass prairies are one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet. Once expansive mosaics of interconnected diversity, these biomes extended through most of our midwestern states. Today prairie remnants are small functionally extinct islands of great biodiversity, surrounded by seas of GMO monoculture, development and invasive species. … Continue reading On frac sand
An enthusiastic burden to the trained lover, I walk along the paths of forgery, complimenting through words but condemning through my eyes. The best intentions of most are circular variations of ones own selfish desires. I nod to the hum of wealthy meaninglessness, for the apathetic occupant holds no merit to my guide. Only the … Continue reading Field notes
Despite the destruction of native forests and meadows, irregardless the plunder of prairies and mountain tops, there is a chance of promise ahead. There may be a glimmer if enough minds make the connection. The relationships between all living things are complex and difficult to see. We must make sure that we see, despite all … Continue reading On Connections
The connections around us are seemingly endless. Without acute awareness the transmissions of understanding are squandered. Every relationship tells a history, native or forced. We must keep our eyes and ears tuned to the truth.
May 20th, 2013 The recently proposed changes to the Wisconsin DNR endangered species list are a troubling distortion of wildlife vigor. The proposed removal of species such as Blanding's Turtle, American fever-few and Prairie Indian-Plantain, among others, favors unsustainable development, and leaves even more of our native species increasingly vulnerable to extinction. The Wisconsin DNR … Continue reading Comments on the Wisconsin DNR Species Status Assessment
Pasque Flower (Anemone patens) On the first heated afternoon of a slow moving spring Guided by the knowledge of sensible mentoring A rocky hill climb to spot hundreds of rare sightings The scarcity of such sights is worrisome Nearly all of the prairies now wastelands Deserts of irreversible greed Neighboring land owners are senselessly blind … Continue reading Pasque Flower (Anemone patens)