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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.

Meet the Cranes

Conservation, Critters, Prescribed Burns, Sandhill Cranes, Trail Camera, Reader Contributions

Meet Grus canadensis - the Sandhill Crane. 

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Scorched Earth Policy

Conservation, Critters, Prescribed Burns

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.

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This House is for the Birds

Chores, Conservation, Nest Boxes, Song Birds

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. 

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Adaptability

Adaptation, Conservation, Critters, Deer Management, Hunting, Whitetail Biology

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.  

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How to Build a Deer Stand

Conservation, Deer Hunting, Friends, Turkey Hunting, Woodlands

This is my ancestral deer stand.

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Spring Has Sprung

Cavity Nesting Songbirds, Conservation, Critters, Girlfriend, Nest Boxes

It is the Spring Equinox today. 

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Death and Dying

Conservation, Critters, Family, Roadside Curiosities, Strange But True

Early one morning last week I stopped to visit my dad on the way to the day job.

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Gas Pains Talks to the Candidates for Governor

Conservation, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

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.

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Keeping the Green in Christmas

Conservation, Forestry, Economics

Yeah - you're thinking I'm going to rant about the commercialization of Christmas.

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Fast Pheasant Facts

Critters, Conservation, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

Phasianus colchicus Linnaeus – commonly known as the ring-necked pheasant.

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Deer Camp 2008

Conservation, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Smile For The Trail Cam

No deer quite yet-

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Kiss Your Ash Goodbye?

Conservation, Forestry, Public Policy

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. 

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

This year's nesting has drawn to a close.

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Deer Camp 2008

Conservation, Hunt'n, Smile For The Trail Cam

I'd bet one of the first thoughts through your head was:  

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Nest Box Update - Home Invasion

Conservation, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I made the rounds this morning and found this. 

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Nest Box Update - And Some Extra Stuff

Conservation, Girlfriend, Guess the critter, Guess the plant, Just For Fun, Outdoors

Has anyone ever heard of a black lab turning brown?  Ours certainly is.

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Girlfriend and I have been checking weekly on our growing families of cavity-nesting songbirds.

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Outdoors

Did any of you notice that the Journal Sentinel has now jumped-on the nest box bandwagon?

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Nest Box Update

Conservation, Guess the critter, Outdoors

Girlfriend (the dog) and I have been making our rounds on the nest box trail and a variety of birds have taken-up residence.

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Nest Box Update - Updated Update

Conservation, Just For Fun, Outdoors

EDIT - Added a couple of addittional pictures. 

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Kiss Your Ash Goodbye?

Conservation, Forestry, Public Policy

By now you've heard about the Emerald Ash Borer - EAB for short.

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The Rise and Fall of Sprawl

Conservation, Economics, Gas Pains

I'm told that the price of gasoline might hit $4 a gallon before too long.  Maybe even $7 a gallon.

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Tosan Building Subsidized Housing

Conservation, Gas Pains, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Personal

It has been reported that a local man has begun building no-income housing within the city limits and without the prior knowledge or approval of city officials.

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Tree Farmers, Americans for Prosperity, Carbon Credits - AND a Mayoral Candidate? Yikes!

Conservation, Economics, Forestry, Politics-Other, Politics-Tosa, Public Policy

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.

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Conservationists Descend on MadTown

Conservation, Fish'n, Forestry, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Personal, Politics-Other, Public Policy, Representative Cullen, Senator Sullivan, Terrific Cooking

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters held their annual Conservation Lobby Day in Madison on Wednesday.

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Clear-Cutting Trees For Jesus

Conservation, Forestry, Odds and Ends, Personal, Religion

Fellow Community Voice - Family Guy (Peter Hart) has broached a topic rather near and dear to my heart. 

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Deer Camp 2007 - .....Go! (Updated)

Conservation, Forestry, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors

Up at 4:30 AM.  We scarf coffee, oatmeal and donuts.  We head-out in the dark to settle into our stands long before sunrise.

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