|ON THE MILWAUKEE RIVER|
|ANDY AND JUDY AT THE NATURE CENTER|
|RIVEREDGE SUGAR SHACK|
|JOAN'S MOTHER'S CHILDHOOD HOME ON THE MILWAUKEE RIVER|
Our trip to southeastern Wisconsin was a very enjoyable mix of visiting and business, and although it started on a somber note with a memorial service in Milwaukee, as those things always go, it was a fine opportunity to visit with relatives we had not seen in a long time. It ended with a very worthwhile meeting yesterday morning in Wausau concerning the state’s response to the Emerald Ash Borer, and I am satisfied that even though it took two years, the Department of Natural Resources at last has a viable management response plan to the evolving crisis.
In between we spent quality time with friends Tom and Barb in Racine, and stopped for lunch with Andy and Judy in Cedarburg. They will be starting maple sugaring in a week or so at their sugar bush out on Hwy. K, and we are looking forward to that. While with them we visited Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, where Andy was Director for most of his environmental career. Their maple sugaring process was in full swing, a very modern operation and a mainstay of the organization’s activities. We also ferreted out the house where Joan’s mother grew up on the Milwaukee River near Newburg and the Catholic school she attended.
The weather is warming all across the state, and we saw lots of eagles on Hwy 51 from Hayward all the way to Minaqua both ways, saw a few deer on the same stretch, as well as several flocks of turkeys. We saw a lone Sandhill crane north of Milwaukee, and also a turkey vulture, both of which I would think to be early arrivals. It looks like it will be an early spring.