My beach with boulders fading to sand

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Green Talk Photos: Winter Preparations

November 2015

By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve, mequonnaturepreserve.org


Green Talk November 2015 (© 2015 Elizabeth G Fagan)

An uncapped artesian well creates a picturesque stream alongside Mequon Nature Preserve’s headquarters. The water surfaces at around 55 degrees. It does not freeze over in winter, creating a natural water source for wildlife. Provide fresh water year-round for your outdoor neighbors, then enjoy the sight of them imbibing. (© 2015 Elizabeth G. Fagan)

Common buckthorn cannot hide at this time of year. While other trees have shed their leaves, the stubborn buckthorn still sports leaves of green. It is the perfect time to hunt down this invasive and eliminate it. In particular, target the trees with purple-black berries. Another nasty invasive that is still green: the dreadful Alliaria petiolata, commonly known as garlic mustard. (© 2015 Elizabeth G. Fagan)

Green Talk Photo: Bat House

July 2015

By Elizabeth G. Fagan for the Ozaukee County News Graphic on behalf of Mequon Nature Preserve, mequonnaturepreserve.org


Green Talk July 2015 ( © 2015 Elizabeth G Fagan)

Putting up a bat house such as the one shown here can not only help bats but could attract a family of fine neighbors. Those precious summer nights in the yard could hold more time relaxing and less time swatting. Nothing scary about that ( © 2015 Elizabeth G Fagan).