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The coyote is about the size of a medium-sized dog. You can also think of it like this--picture the size difference between a fox and a wolf. Then imagine an animal that fits right in-between them in size. That's the size of a coyote. An adult male is 44 to 52 inches long, including its 14-inch tail. It weighs between 25 to 42 pounds. Look for its long, thin legs, a tapered muzzle, yellow-colored eyes like foxes, and rather large, pointed ears. It also has a bushy, black-tipped drooping tail.
Visit EEK! - Critter Corner for more information on coyotes.
See more at the Humane Society of the Untied States website> Add a comment >
One Magical Day a year
On one Saturday, June 14th, Treasures of Oz invites visitors to explore 7 natural areas and hidden environmental treasures in Ozaukee County. Each site is hosted by top scientists, environmental stewards and experts in natural fields. Visitors can explore the site, learn about the area’s significance, and converse with the docent and site team.
Download a passport (after May 1 on the website,) collect stamps at each site and trade those for raffle tickets at event headquarters.
Event headquarters is Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Besides exploring this 5 Star bird hotel, visitors can enjoy great food and wonderful music, check out the exhibits, meet and learn about raptors and herptiles and have fun shopping our enticing silent auction.
2014 Treasures Sites
Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat
The Trails at MeeKwon Park
Pleasant Valley Trails Park
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Cedarburg Environmental Study Area
USFWS’s Belgium Waterfowl Production Area
The Ravines and Beach at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County and the entire state of Wisconsin was saddened at Noel Cutright's departure from our midst. Perhaps the best of so many tributes to Noel is this one http://bit.ly/1jjbJWG by Jan Uerbelherr that ran in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. We would print it here but for copyright concerns, so check out the link - it is a beautiful tribute.
Noel's service was at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve and was attended by literally hundreds of people connected to him and the wonderful legacy that he left for us.
Noel will be both greatly missed and always remembered by all of us in Ozaukee, as a mentor, an innovator, a visionary and a crack ornithologist. Noel's presence stood solidly behind so many of our organizations. Even he understood the magic of his endorsement; he worked to be sure he, often through Riveredge Bird Club, made the initial donation to a start-up to ensure it would succeed. He never missed.> Add a comment >
The Town of Grafton recently named its trail in progress - the Grafton Legacy Trail, so called because it will take years to complete and because it is a gift to future residents to enjoy the open spaces that have drawn current residents to live the town and cherish deeply. The trail is currently about a mile in length, with another mile or so under easement and waiting for construction. The entire trail will run a little over 15 miles from the north end to the south end of the Town when completed. It is a multi-use trail that allows horses as well as walkers, hikers, skiers and snowshoers. It may be open to off-road bikes in the future, not just yet.
If anyone is interested in volunteering this spring to help construct the next trail segment, just send us a note and we will forward it to the Town of Grafton Open Space Commission.> Add a comment >
The Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage Program is, among other things, funding work on both Ulao Creek and Mole Creek.
Years ago, Ulao Creek was trenched for farming convenience and even buried in one spot for I-43 construction. The area just north of Hwy. 60/Ulao Road and extending north of Arrowhead Road is being rerouted into a lovely meander, similar to what it may have been in pre-settlement times. Along with the meander, wetland scrapes will extend the spawning areas for the fish that are returning as a result of the Fish Passage Program’s work in Ozaukee County.
This work is being done on private lands with owner contracts. Ulao Creek land owners are very excited about the work. Most are members of the Ulao Creek Partnership, which has worked for years to improve the health of this beautiful little creek and watershed.
Mole Creek is experiencing a similar reconstruction just south of Hillcrest Road in the Town of Saukville. The goal of this project is to create habitat that will support cold to cool-water fish and other aquatic life, including trout and to provide riparian habitat for wildlife> Add a comment >
We are truly having an old-fashioned winter so far, with lots of snow - and that means outdoor play time, not just for kids, but for all of us. For those of us who stress over invasive plants, this is the perfect, stress-free, time to be out and about as there is nothing to pull, or cut, or even to see. Just enjoy!
The golf courses at Mee Kwon Park and Hawthorne Hills, and the trails at Harrington Beach, Blue Heron Wildlife Preserve, Riveredge and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve are our recommendations for cross-country skiing. Riveredge has the only groomed trails around and a ski pass for there is not expensive. They also have snowshoes available for members. Harrington Beach requires a state parks sticker . All other trails in the county are free.
Snowshoeing works wherever parks and preserves exist. Huiras Lake, Kurtz Woods and Tendick might make for interesting adventures. When weather permits, there is skating on the pond and Mee Kwon and the warming shed is open. Mule Hill at Mee Kwon is the most popular sledding hill in the county. Lots of places have little ones that are just waiting for kids and sleds to appear.
Let us know if you have discovered any notable sledding spots, especially beautiful places for skiing or snowshoeing. Send your photos as well. Contact
Check out the “Recreation” page on our website - the opportunities are almost endless.> Add a comment >