Lake Chill, by Elizabeth G Fagan, Lake Michigans Left Coast

Green Talk: Keeping Our Lakes & Rivers Great

April 2016 Left Coast Creative (© 2016 Elizabeth G Fagan) for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve "It was a gamble, but it worked," recalled Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day. The late Wisconsin governor and United States senator (D) successfully infused the activism of the late 1960s with … Continue reading Green Talk: Keeping Our Lakes & Rivers Great

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Green Talk by Elizabeth Fagan

Green Talk: Invaders from Other Ecosystems

March 2016 By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve. Two centuries ago, cargo ships released freshwater ballast from the Ural region of Russia into the rivers and lakes of western Europe. That ballast contained tiny striped hitchhikers. In the 1820s, Londoners spotted the invaders in the … Continue reading Green Talk: Invaders from Other Ecosystems

Green Talk by Elizabeth Fagan

Green Talk: Maple Taps & Sugar Shacks

February 2016 By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve. By the time Europeans arrived in what is now New England, indigenous Americans had already discovered the lovely nectar with which we drown our breakfast pancakes. When carefully boiled, they found, maple sap turns into maple syrup. … Continue reading Green Talk: Maple Taps & Sugar Shacks

Green Talk by Elizabeth Fagan

Green Talk: Lake Michigan’s Rise & Fall

January 2016 By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve. In 2014, Lake Michigan began to rise. By early September of that year, the water level surpassed its historical average for the month. Ozaukee County residents began to see the Lake swallow beaches from Mequon to Belgium. … Continue reading Green Talk: Lake Michigan’s Rise & Fall

Green Talk by Elizabeth Fagan

Green Talk: The White Stuff

December 2015 By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve. Basking in the near-warmth of early December, Ozaukeeans might wonder, "Where's the white stuff?" Forecasters say the El Niño winter of 2015–16 will bring warmer-than-average temperatures, but precipitation will probably remain close to normal. Whether it lightly … Continue reading Green Talk: The White Stuff