Author: Lisa

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Bonnie and Clyde visit the woods (reprint)

I understand that it is welcome to see something green in the woods after winter, but please keep in mind that the welcome glint of green you see spells trouble for our native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. That green you see...

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Welcome Spring!!

Did you see it? A beautiful sunset on your drive home at 6:30 in the evening. I smelled it the other day. The scent of rich soil heated by the midday sun. Surely, you heard it! Red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, even Sandhill...

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The Long Forgetting & Great Remembering

My friend Ken Williams, a horticulturist at Ringers Landscape Service in Fox River Grove, wrote a great blog post about TLC’s 25th Anniversary Brunch last month. I think it captures the spirit of the event and the essence...

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Weather and a Changing Climate

Interesting weather this winter, wasn’t it? Last December brought tornadoes to the south and a blizzard to west Texas. Locally, we set some near-records for daily high temperatures in late December and again in January...

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Of Loons and Climate Change

I remember the first time I heard a loon. My husband, Tom, and I were camping one summer in northern Wisconsin near a small lake. That first night, we heard an eerie sound that I didn’t recognize.  “What is...

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