NOTES FROM THE FIELD

December 14, 2012 I started writing a new blog entry last week, and as I struggled to find the right words to adequately describe this past month’s work, I realized that sometimes pictures really do tell the story better than words.  So instead of explaining how beautiful even...
October 5, 2012 Fall is upon us, and with the season’s change come changes in our projects and priorities too.  Contrary to popular belief — and perhaps evidence I may have presented in previous publications — working on a stewardship crew does not always mean hanging out...
        August 14, 2012 As I walked my last stretch of lakeshore this past Tuesday (yes, we have completed our 75-mile journey!), I ran into a few curious souls who were interested in what I was surveying for as well as my findings thus far.  One lady even...
July 16, 2012 I believe it pays well to keep an open mind in all aspects of life.  While health insurance and a 401(k) would certainly be nice, “benefits” are truly subjective.  Being a seasonal employee may not provide me with a lucrative retirement plan, but I like to...
June 18, 2012 Another garlic mustard season winds down, and strangely enough, I’m actually feeling a bit uplifted this year.  Randy Counterman, SWMLC land steward, and I spent a total of six days surveying SWMLC’s 365-acre Wau-Ke-Na Preserve, located in Glenn.  We...
June 25, 2012 This month marks the beginning of our 75-mile lakeshore trek to the Indiana state line.  And while hiking 75 miles in sand may sound like a daunting task, that’s the easy part.  Over the next few months, we will survey the Lake Michigan shoreline from mid-Allegan...