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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.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s mission is to conserve native habitats and farmlands in the Driftless Area for the health and well-being of current and future generations. We encourage outdoor recreation and…
At this point, it is agreed upon that a changing climate is a cause for concern; that land restoration and protection is an absolute necessity. But what gets ignored is…
Conservancy Stories
Sightings
Reflections on a hike from the Easter Road trailhead (Hass Tract) I hiked the Hass Tract of the La Crosse Blufflands South alone. A friend's wife had died unexpectedly the…
Book Reviews
There are days when loving nature and being human seem like incompatible actions. As an avid hiker, I think a lot about how my enjoyment of the natural world is…
Book Reviews
A paperback book by Gary G. Ruhser and Jean C. Beyer Ruhser Including 99 color photos with accompanying nature writings by the authors. Available now on Amazon for $28.95 if…
Conservancy Stories
News Releases
Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church partners with Mississippi Valley Conservancy to protect Little Bluff for its ecological and archaeological value TREMPEALEAU, WI—February 17, 2020— With a Sunday morning ceremony, the…
Book Reviews
A few months ago, I attended Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s Nature Photography Walk at the Holland Sand Prairie. That’s where I took the photograph you see above. This nature walk was…
Book Reviews
When was the last time you were tucked tightly into a linen cocoon and read a story by a parent or a loved one? Although I can’t pinpoint the last…
Conservancy Stories
News Releases
TOMAH, WI—January 23, 2020—Mississippi Valley Conservancy helps third-generation landowner protect wildlife habitat and family farm from industrial use. Peg Brenneke, a Monroe County native, resisted selling her grandfather’s farm to…
Conservancy Stories
Sightings
Trail Trek Challenge Hike of the Month How painful it was to write about cross country skiing when, in mid-January, the ground was brown and the temperature at 40 degrees.…
Conservancy Stories
Sightings
November 3, 2019 Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area Crawford County, Wisconsin I took advantage of perhaps the last sunny day of the fall to hike the Sugar Creek Bluff…
Sightings
Birders Take to the Streets for the 120 th Christmas Bird Count! Each year between December 14 th and January 5 th , bird watchers from all over the country…
What’s Cooking?
Thanks to Joe Pfeiffer for sharing his mother's great "Deer Jerky" recipe. Joe says "It's good on everything!" Ingredients 3 lb deer meat 1 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp salt…
More efficient transportation is something we all want. Less airline travel is a good goal, but there are ways to fly smarter when you must travel by plane. Some promising…
Climate Change
Conservancy Stories
In the News
A new article from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's October newsletter highlights the role of land trusts in protecting bird habitat. The whole article is available at this link .…