Travel Wild Wisconsin: A Seasonal Guide to Wildlife Encounters in Natural Places

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Have you ever heard a wolf howl in Wisconsin's Northwoods, watched thousands of ancient sturgeon roil the waters of one of the largest inland lakes in the United States, or tagged a monarch butterfly before it begins one of the world's great migrations to its winter habitat in Mexico? Travel Wild Wisconsin is your seasonal guide to genuine wildlife encounters with an amazing array of birds, mammals, fish, and insects in Wisconsin's most beautiful natural settings: state wildlife areas, rivers, lakes, flowages, ...

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Overview

Have you ever heard a wolf howl in Wisconsin's Northwoods, watched thousands of ancient sturgeon roil the waters of one of the largest inland lakes in the United States, or tagged a monarch butterfly before it begins one of the world's great migrations to its winter habitat in Mexico? Travel Wild Wisconsin is your seasonal guide to genuine wildlife encounters with an amazing array of birds, mammals, fish, and insects in Wisconsin's most beautiful natural settings: state wildlife areas, rivers, lakes, flowages, and preserves as well as national wildlife refuges and forests.
            Wisconsin native Candice Gaukel Andrews shares natural history and lore, accounts of her own experiences with Wisconsin wildlife, and insights from biologists, environmental educators, and citizen scientists, so that you can seek a wildlife encounter of your own.
            So come spy on the spring courtship dance of the greater prairie chicken, search for elusive and elegant white-tailed deer in summer, touch a tiny saw-whet owl on one special day in autumn, and thrill to the sound of thousands of tundra swans as they migrate through the Mississippi Flyway just before the first snow falls. Make this the year you Travel Wild Wisconsin.

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"What a great idea: a year-long scavenger hunt through the seasons in search of Wisconsin's most interesting creatures! Along the way to finding whooping cranes and lake sturgeon and elk, Candice Andrews leads us to the state's other hidden treasures—pocket prairies and spawning streams and woodland dunes. So grab your compass and binoculars—and this book!"—John Hildebrand, author of A Northern Front: New & Collected Essays

"A particularly fine resource for Wisconsin vacationers and those who prefer to pursue entertaining learning experiences (instead of fudge and waterslides)."—Sara Rath, author of The Waters of Star Lake

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299291648
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 691,348
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Candice Gaukel Andrews is the author of Great Wisconsin Winter Weekends, The Minnesota Almanac, Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests, and An Adventurous Nature: Tales from Natural Habitat Adventures. A resident of south-central Wisconsin, she is a columnist for several international environmental organizations and nature-travel and eco-tour providers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's Discovery—Not Distance—That Matters
 
Spring
April
1. Greater Prairie Chickens: Sitting Out the Dance
Buena Vista Wildlife Area in Bancroft
2. Sturgeon: Spotting Those Who Spawn
Lake Winnebago, the Wolf River, and the Shawano Dam
3. Sharp-Tailed Grouse: Liking the Land Between
Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area in Northwest Wisconsin
 
May
4. American Bison: Peeking into the Mountain
MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette
 
Summer
June
5. White-Tailed Deer: Ferreting Out a Phantom
Sandhill Wildlife Area in Babcock
July
6. Loons: Counting on the Croix
Saint Croix Flowage in Gordon
August
7. Monarch Butterflies: Playing Tag
The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor
 
Fall
September
8. Elk: Heeding the Bugler's Call
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Clam Lake
9. Whooping Cranes: Saving a Spirited Species
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Necedah
October
10. Sandhill Cranes: Going Out for the Night, as They Come In
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg
11. Saw-Whet Owls: Touching What's Wild
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers
12. Canada Geese: Dealing with Dueling Attitudes
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area in Southeast Wisconsin
November
13. Tundra Swans: Losing and Looking to the Future
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Alma, Wisconsin, and Brownsville, Minnesota
 
Winter
January/February
14. Bald Eagles: Watching a Winter River
Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac
15. Gray Wolves: Tracking and Howling
Treehaven in Tomahawk
 
Appendix: How to Help Wildlife in WisconsinIndex

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