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Spiders & Snakes & Rats – OH, MY

(A Humorous Account of over 40 Years of Nature Education)

Long time volunteer at both Trempealeau NWR and Upper Miss and retired teacher Scott Lee has written a new book. Many of our friends and volunteers may know Scott. Here’s what he says about Spiders & Snakes & Rats – OH, MY.

I’ve been writing down stories, mainly funny things related to experiences that I’ve had through the years while teaching (most are nature related).  With all the stay-at-home time with COVID, I finally got around to organizing them and putting them together into a book. I have also written nature articles for the Friends of the Refuge quarterly newsletter for the past 7 or 8 years so included those in the book as well.  It didn’t turn out too bad so I submitted it to Fulton Books (based in Pennsylvania) and they actually accepted it – an exciting surprise.  I’ve been working with them since last summer and it has finally gone to press.

This is not really a children’s book due to some of the detail in a few of the memories that I shared in the book (chapter titles include “Eat S- -t”, “Sex Education”, and “The ‘A’ Word”).  It is loaded with interesting facts about our natural world and would be a pretty good resource book for doing nature-related activities with kids of all ages – or if you’re just out by yourself.  I also feel that teachers could get some useable information/activities and ideas from it, as well as being able to identify with the many funny things that happen while teaching children.  I’m hoping you’d find it both educational and entertaining.

Spiders & Snakes & Rats – OH, MY is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The e-book will be available soon.

Wetland Coffee Break Presentation Series

The Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s Wetland Coffee Break presentation series has a several great talks lined up for this spring and summer: June 11: Ears in the Driftless: BioAcoustic monitoring in a restored wetland with Mike & Marcie O’Connor June 25: Establishing a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with Emily Tyner July 9: Managing… Continue Reading

Virtual Fun and Educational Opportunities

The first link is to a YouTube video to celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903, at Pelican Island, Florida, to protect brown pelicans there from slaughter by market hunters. Today’s Refuge System includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges,… Continue Reading

Share the Joy of Fishing on the Refuge

Wednesdays & Thursdays This Summer The National Eagle Center is angling for volunteers to assist participants in our summer fishing program! Volunteer duties will include: Helping with check-in, check-out Assisting with equipment selection Monitoring dock activity Helping bait hooks & land fish Encouraging and guiding kids (many first-time fishers!) Helping inspect equipment Sharing information about… Continue Reading

Help Survey Great Blue Heron Nests

Friends and Volunteers, this is the time of year when the Refuge surveys the number of great blue heron nests and nest trees in the rookeries. Participants will walk from the Mertes’ landing, across the ice about 1/3 mile, to the heron colony and then walk around on the island. This activity involves a fair amount… Continue Reading

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