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How do We Make It Through Mid-Winter Doldrums?

How do We Make It Through Mid-Winter Doldrums?

Savoring Seed Catalogs There’s a surefire way to tell we are in the depths of winter.  It’s the arrival of garden seed catalogs in the mail. We get many at Winding Pathways. Some come from massive companies that sell a wide range of flower and vegetable seeds plus...

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How Do You Track Animals in Winter?

How Do You Track Animals in Winter?

When the next soft snow falls, go tracking outside!  A mid-December 2019 skiff of snow delighted us. There was not enough of the white stuff to shovel but the thin white blanket that covered our yard revealed who visited the night before. The dimples of deer tracks...

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What is Aldo Leopold’s Legacy?

What is Aldo Leopold’s Legacy?

As dusk enveloped us, Sandhill Cranes winged over in groups of three or four, heading for their overnight roosting sites. We were at the Aldo Leopold Foundation near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Conservation philosophers often cite three authors who framed the modern...

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How About These Animal Encounters!

How About These Animal Encounters!

We asked readers to send along some curious animal encounters. Enjoy these guest blog entries as we wind down 2019. From the East Coast to the Upper Midwest and ranging to Alaska and Hawaii people interact with or encounter wildlife in rural and urban areas. Birds SF:...

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The Legacy of Baraboo

Iowans share history with Baraboo, Wisconsin. Two famous families began their lives and careers in Iowa and landed in Baraboo. This fall we toured the charming town of Baraboo, took in Circus World, and basked in the glow of the Leopold Center's work on...

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Where Can You Buy Quality Tools?

Winding Pathways appreciates and enjoys quality tools. So, we have an affiliate relationship with Acme Tools. We do this because of their quality tools, supplies, and outstanding customer service. Acme Tools carries multiple brands. All are of high quality. They are...

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Why Was Iowa The “Lumber King of the World?”

Why Was Iowa The “Lumber King of the World?”

Iowa is one of the states with the fewest trees, yet in the late 1800s we were the Lumber Kings of the World!  And, Clinton, Iowa's minor league baseball team proudly retains that name - Lumber Kings!  Why?  Read The Green Gazette (9-29-2019, Living L-09 and 10) to...

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Why Do Millipedes Always Lose Races?

Why Do Millipedes Always Lose Races?

Many people discovered one of the oldest types of animals in their yards and homes this year.  Millipedes. Usually common they have been especially visible in this humid rainy summer and fall. Millipedes have been around for millions of years doing the world a...

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Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Note: The below references to companies are Winding Pathways' own experiences with quality products. What Are Common Causes of Power Outages? Usually, people lose electric power because of a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or a windstorm that blows down trees. We were...

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Is Greta Thunberg Wrong?

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish girl, overcame challenges posed by autism to sail across the ocean and encourage people everywhere to work to reduce damage to the atmosphere and resulting climate change. She is inspiring, but is she wrong? Greta’s commitment...

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