Wild Reads

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This is where we share stories about and from partners, landowners, and friends throughout the conservation community. Let us know if you have a book review or article to share. We don't promise to publish everything we receive, but we'd love to know what you're reading and what you think is worth sharing.

LA CROSSE, WI – October 3, 2019 – A new land conservation agreement between Mississippi Valley Conservancy and a landowner in La Crosse County will protect valuable wildlife habitat and…
Sightings
An excited teacher met me at West Salem Elementary last Tuesday morning. Over the previous weekend she saw a monarch roost in some fir trees near her house while she…
Conservancy Stories
News Releases
GENOA, WI – Steep, wooded bluffs enfold broad, sloping pastures for sheep and horses where Gene Amsrud and Patty (McNamee) Amsrud shared the view with a visitor to their land…
Sightings
Don’t miss the spectacular build-up of waterfowl on the Mississippi River this fall. Some of the best viewing is available from La Crosse south to Ferryville and Lynxville in Pools…
Conservancy Stories
News Releases
LA CROSSE, WI – A new land conservation agreement between Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Mark Hein will protect important habitat and farmland for at least four generations of the Hein…
What’s Cooking?
The elderberries are ripe and the temperatures are cooling. It's a perfect time to make delicious elderberry jelly so you can savor the taste of late summer for months down…
What’s Cooking?
At last! A new/old recipe for an invasive wildflower! August is a great time to harvest some flowers to make this fragrant jelly. Get your flowers now before they've all…
Climate Change
Conservancy Stories
When Conservancy Land Manager Levi Plath and his crew of interns return from a day in the field, you can see through the dirt and sweat that they are healthy,…
Conservancy Stories
The work of the crew includes a variety of habitat restoration activities, including trail maintenance, invasive species removal, boundary posting, firebreak construction, and general clean-up. They're fortunate to have Levi…
Wisconsin has an energy deficit. Not the kind of energy we see in our entrepreneurs, in our athletes, in our schools and universities and cultural organizations. Lots of energy there.…
Climate Change
The name of a teenage artist popped into my mind when I turned a corner on a drive through Holmen recently. I hadn't been on the street for some time…
It was no secret to several species of increasingly rare birds that a rolling grassland near the Mississippi River flyway was a good place to raise a family. Real estate…
Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to scientists…
What’s Cooking?
Here's a delicious spring tart recipe that's loaded with nutritious nettles. Spinach may be used here in a pinch, but try to use nettles if it's at all possible. The…
Private landowners, conservation organizations, and land trusts can now apply for funding and technical help through the Landowner Incentive Program to create and enhance habitat for pollinators and other at-risk…