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Tim Van Deelen

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The Tension Zone

Wisconsin’s tension zone is where the midcontinent hardwood biome subtly grades into the boreal forests of the north that are…
Tim Van Deelen
July 15, 2021
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Ephemera

Mayflies rank among the most beautiful in the animal kingdom, the graceful curves, the long and elegant tails, the diaphanous…
Tim Van Deelen
June 23, 2021
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Dorn Creek

Fire is life to a prairie, pumping ash nutrients into the soil and holding the suffocating shrubs at bay. Biologists…
Tim Van Deelen
May 12, 2021
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Tree of Life

Cedar swamps create stillness. In winter, their complex and dense overstories absorb the bitter wind, providing shelter for deer. But…
Tim Van Deelen
April 28, 2021
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Seeds

John Bates, bard of Manitowish Waters, led our GreenHouse students on a snow-shoe exploration of Raven Trail’s winter stories. After…
Tim Van Deelen
March 3, 2021
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The Ravine

“Ooh” she said, “That one’s my favorite!” She came over and I snapped a cell phone picture of her next…
Tim Van Deelen
February 3, 2021
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A Higher Gamut

The Creighton Truck Trail meanders north on the remote western edge of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Westward is a nearly…
Tim Van Deelen
October 7, 2020
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The Lodge

The lodge at the Au Sable Institute looks west through a standing choir of pines. Beyond, a shallow wetland pond…
Tim Van Deelen
September 26, 2020