Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Parents keep eagle eye during banding

By David Horst
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SHIOCTON — Webcam transmissions of an eagle's nest in Decorah, Iowa, have riveted tens of thousands of viewers this spring, but one Shiocton-area couple is unimpressed.

A stone's throw from their back door, they have the same show playing live.

High up in a misshapen white pine, a pair of eagles is raising two healthy eaglets. The couple sets up lawn chairs and cranks up the tunes to sit and watch.

Eagles have nested in the tree for at least eight years. In the three years the family has lived there, the nest has produced one, three and two eaglets. They asked that their names and exact location not be used to prevent getting more visitors than they already do.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Back on the water, back in time

By David Horst 

We are back together, back on the water and back in time. 
Paddlers enter the difficult part of the Portage Canal.
Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2011 launched here June 5, the successor of our adventure last year called Fox River Heritage Paddle 2010. The intent of both is to get people to experience and appreciate the rivers and to support the effort to have them designated as the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway by the National Park Service.
The first thing you’ll notice is we’ve added a river to our paddles. In fact, the first canoe and kayak paddle of the season included both the Fox and the Wisconsin. It had a lot of variety overall.
Portage is teaming with history. We were there during Portage Canal Days to honor the crossing between the rivers by Jacques Marquette and Jean Nicolet in 1673. We started on the Fox and finished on the Wisconsin.