Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Native birds face a difficult-enough task of survival dealing with their natural predators not to mention loss of habitat, widespread pesticide use and migratory collisions with manmade objects such as buildings and wind generators. Allow me to introduce you to Felis catus - the domestic cat.
My 88 readers know how I feel about wildlife. I love seeing wild critters. But if you want to see them you have to provide everything they need - namely the basics - food, cover and water. And you have to maintain it. That means keeping the invasives at bay and periodically performing housekeeping activities.
My 88 readers know that I am a big fan of song birds. Over the last couple of decades I have been building and installing nest boxes on our farm to provide a home for the cavity-nesting birds such as house wrens, tree swallows, bluebirds and so-forth. One of the rites of spring is cleaning, repairing and installing replacement nest boxes.
It's a remarkable day when 22 degrees feels perfectly tropical. The recent cold snap probably got your attention. It sure got mine. Twice. First, when it happened and again the other day when I saw the We Energies bill. Yikes! It's easy to feel sorry for yourself (and your old Tosa bungalow) when the monthly heating bill creeps over a couple a hundred bucks. But I'll adapt.
Early one morning last week I stopped to visit my dad on the way to the day job.
Some time ago I vented a bit over the failure of the State Legislature to override Governor Doyle’s veto of a measure to return the appointment power of the DNR Secretary to the Natural Resources Board.
Yeah - you're thinking I'm going to rant about the commercialization of Christmas.
Phasianus colchicus Linnaeus – commonly known as the ring-necked pheasant.
Wisconsin is home to an estimated 740 million ash trees - most of them found in the forests across the state with more than 5 million of those trees to be found in our urban communities.
Girlfriend and I made the rounds this morning and found this.
Has anyone ever heard of a black lab turning brown? Ours certainly is.
Girlfriend and I have been checking weekly on our growing families of cavity-nesting songbirds.
Did any of you notice that the Journal Sentinel has now jumped-on the nest box bandwagon?
Girlfriend (the dog) and I have been making our rounds on the nest box trail and a variety of birds have taken-up residence.
This past Saturday hundreds of woodland owners from southeast Wisconsin gathered at the Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center for what we figure might have been our 30th or so winter conference. Inasmuch as it's the second largest woodland owner gathering in the state you'd think they'd keep better track of how many times they've done this.
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters held their annual Conservation Lobby Day in Madison on Wednesday.
Fellow Community Voice - Family Guy (Peter Hart) has broached a topic rather near and dear to my heart.