The Importance of Native Plants

The Importance of Native Plants

If you want this adorable caterpillar in your garden, you need to include Lindera benzoin, common name Spicebush, in your landscape. I am listening to a 6-week webinar course titled “Tending Nature: Native Plants and Every Gardener’s Role in Fostering...
Phenology – Nature’s Calendar

Phenology – Nature’s Calendar

phenology [fəˈnäləjē] NOUN the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. According to the USA National Phenology Network website: Phenology is a key component of life on earth.   Many birds time...
Lake Turnover and Why It Matters

Lake Turnover and Why It Matters

I wrote an article in spring 2020 explaining lake turnover.  It’s one thing to know that Lake Maxinkuckee is a dimictic lake, meaning it turns over two times per year with the seasonal temperature changes of spring and fall, but have you considered why that matters?...
Are You a Waiter or a Writer?

Are You a Waiter or a Writer?

If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.Dan Poynter I was talking with someone recently about articles for this blog when he shared a great idea. “Why not invite other people to submit articles?” I typically...
The Vonnegut Legacy Continues

The Vonnegut Legacy Continues

One of the perks of my job is meeting so many of you, whose families have been coming to Lake Maxinkuckee for generations.  I see the deep connection you have and how much you all care about the lake.  It makes my job easier and more enjoyable knowing I have a...
Let’s Talk About Snakes

Let’s Talk About Snakes

photo courtesy of Dave Gibson I am always looking for topics for blog articles and often inspiration comes in the form of, what I call, citizen concerns.  I recently received three inquiries regarding snakes, which I know nothing about. I decided if three people...