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Cover of Spring 2020 issue

Spring 2020
Volume 44, Number 1

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Cover of Spring issue of WNR magazine

The day our Spring issue hit readers' mailboxes, we heard from Jennifer Nunn, Janesville, who was excited to see her photo on the front cover. We are happy to give her credit for the fine photo that perfectly conveyed the celebratory mood of the issue. Thanks, Jennifer!

In the Spring story "Rooted in the past, a sanctuary grows," a mention of the "native Stoughton Faville Prairie Preserve" is a reference to the Faville Prairie State Natural Area, on the banks of the Crawfish River. The SNA, so designated in 1952, is owned by the University of Wisconsin and managed by the UW Arboretum with help from the Madison Audubon Society, especially during summer months. It should be noted that access to this SNA, one of the largest low prairie remnants in Wisconsin, is restricted because it is classified as a research area by UW. Also, in the story and an accompanying photo, a lily plant found at the sanctuary was misidentified. It is not the Turk's-cap lily but the nearly identical (at least to non-botanist folks) Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense).

Group of deer in someone's snowy backyard

We are very blessed to have these awesome opportunities. This photo was taken in our yard.

Diane Henschel, Stephenson, Michigan

Hawk with smaller bird in its talons

Early in March, outside our kitchen window, a sharp-shinned hawk took a junco under the bird feeder. I grabbed the camera and the hawk was in no hurry to leave and posed for a few pictures. After five minutes it flew off with its lunch.

Richard A. Stoelb, Howards Grove

Hooded merganser swimming in marsh

I just wanted to share this photo with the magazine that I captured at Horicon Marsh on March 19.

Ken Kearney

Thanks for sharing this great shot of a hooded merganser!

Tree frog and monarch butterfly sitting on a milkweed plant

While perusing the December 2017 issue of your magazine, I saw two separate photos from readers, one of a tree frog and one of a monarch caterpillar. I remembered I had taken a photo last fall that had both of these critters on a milkweed plant in our prairie. Love your magazine. So glad you will continue to publish it.

Mike Young, Hillpoint

Thank you for Nicholas Saiia's article about suckers in the Spring 2018 issue ("Learn to love a sucker"). My husband and I have been fishing and eating redhorse since we grew up in the '60s. Our mothers fried the redhorse and we have memories of picking out bones as we ate. Then my dad got a recipe from a friend for canning redhorse. The recipe follows:

Canned redhorse: 2 T. salt; 2 T. salad oil; 6 T. vinegar; 6 T. catsup; Redhorse or sucker, filleted and cut into 1-inch pieces (a dozen medium-sized fish yields about 8 pints). Mix all ingredients and divide equally among sterilized pint canning jars. Pressure cook for 75 minutes at 15 pounds pressure.

Canned redhorse can be substituted for tuna in any recipe. It tastes better and doesn't have tuna's fishy smell. Fried patties with canned redhorse, mixed with crushed crackers and an egg, are good alone or on a bun. We especially like to make open-face sandwiches with canned redhorse mixed with mayo, chopped onion, celery, salt and pepper, topped with cheese and baked or broiled on our favorite bread.

Margie Novak, Kennan

Goldeneye duck getting ready to take off from water

Thought you would like to see the photo I took Easter Sunday on ice-free water of the Yellow River (Burnett County) of a male common goldeneye duck.

Judy Curnow, Frederic

Suds floating in Wisconsin River below dam

I enjoyed reading about the history of the DNR (Spring 2018, "A DNR is born") and the photo of the foam below the Wisconsin Dells Dam from 1965. While it is much better today, I thought you might be interested in several photos I snapped on April 20, 2008, at the same location. The river was at a very high stage. I estimated the foam to be about 8 feet deep and it can be compared to the Dells tour boat in the photo. My wife and I live in the Portage/Wisconsin Dells area and are frequent geocachers in the Wisconsin state parks and are glad your magazine survives in its seasonal format.

I can remember when the river smelled like a paper mill and no one would eat the fish from the Wisconsin River. There are some beautiful places along the river, with the Dells being one of them. We have a geocache hidden down in the lower Dells that has been in place since 2001 and people are amazed when they actually get down in the lower part of the canyon and walk the shoreline to the cache. It sure gets them away from the touristy part of the river in a hurry.

John and Gail Bush, Portage

Last revised: Wednesday June 13 2018