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Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Thursday, 13 December 2012
The Mink (Mustela vison) is a beautiful native Wisconsin animal with lusterous, thick fur. It often has prominent white spots underneath its chin giving it the look of a milk mustache. This round-eared, tubular-shaped mammal has partially webbed toes suitable to its semi-aquatic lifestyle. It is larger than most members of Mustela, similar in size to a marten. Unlike other mustelids however, it does not turn white in the winter. It retains its magnificent dark coat throughout the year and is often easily spotted along streams and ponds in the winter against the stark white backdrop of snowcover.  
Written by Tim Vargo
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 3 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Tim Vargo, Manager of Research and Community Science, where he suggests cold weather birding.
Written by Jamie Ferschinger
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
The alarm goes off at 6:35 a.m. It is morning, but it sure seems like it is still night.  I lay in bed a few minutes longer convincing myself that my alarm clock is correct and that the time registering on the clock was not magically changed by wily elves while I was sleeping.  It is not this hard to get up in summer. Sun, where are you!? When the internal dialog finally concludes, I roll out of bed to face the day…and my dog who is ready for a run.
Written by Urban Ecology Center
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
We believe that time spent in nature is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Check out our "Healing Nature" video below to see why it is especially important for today's youth. Learn more about the importance of connecting to nature on our Healing Nature page  
Written by Jamie Ferschinger
Friday, 30 November 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 2 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Jamie Ferschinger, Riverside Park Branch Manager, where she suggests bundling up and relaxing outside.
Written by Glenna Holstein
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
We’re prescribing outdoor activities to help you connect to nature in Milwaukee! Check out Episode 1 of our Nature Prescriptions video series with Glenna Holstein, Menomonee Valley Branch Manager, where she suggests a hike or a bike ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail.
Written by Jennifer Callaghan
Monday, 19 November 2012
The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to Wisconsin and should not be confused with its descendent, the domestic turkey.
Written by Ken Leinbach
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Ever since the North Avenue Dam was removed in 1996, the Milwaukee River Corridor from Estabrook to downtown has gone through a remarkable transformation. Where once only a few species of fish could live in the highly polluted waters, this stretch is now teeming with life.
Written by Beth Heller
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Who knew that when our parents told us to go outside and play they were dispensing medical advice? In the September/October issue of the newsletter I mentioned “Indoor Sickness”, a term coined by Dr. Daphne Miller, that increasingly is gaining attention from medical professionals. “Indoor Sickness” is an umbrella term for diseases linked to a sedentary lifestyle.
Written by Aaron Zeleske
Monday, 12 November 2012
Two action teams are complementing the work of the partner organizations on the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum –one team focuses on design elements of the Arboretum and other comes together to ensure completion of the fundraising.

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