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The main building of the Modine-Benstead Observatory houses a 16-inch telescope, observation deck, library, and meeting room. Photo by Justin Kern.

Eight times a year the Racine Astronomical Society invites the public to view the skies through two intricate telescopes housed at the Modine-Benstead Observatory.

A closeup of Randall Berndt's  illustration created for the Academy's anniversary, "A Select Few: Wisconsin Academy Luminaries," 2020. Graphite on paper, 25 by 23 inches.

On a warm fall day in September 1973, James Batt watched as two plaques were affixed to the sandstone entryway of a small office building at 1922 University Avenue in Madison.

Up close, there is a beauty and endurance peculiar to this place—to this soft orange bedrock smelling strangely of five hundred million years gone by.

In the kitchen are an empty egg carton and two packages of seeds, cilantro and basil, my favorite herbs. My plan is to start the seeds in the egg carton and have sweet little shoots to plant when it gets warm.

At first, the music sounded like some kind of Dixie funeral dirge.

Franklin Schmidt, May 3, 1935. Photo courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation  and The University of Wisconsin–Madison Archives (ID S14477).

Schmidt Maple Woods were formative to the life and career of the youngest member of the family, Franklin Schmidt, who grew up to become a pioneer in the field of game management.

The day after I retired, the dominant source of news about Milwaukee and greater Wisconsin vanished.

A revolutionary concept in land use has deep roots in the hills and valleys—and people—of the Driftless Area.

An annual Christmas Bird Count in Blanchardville provides participants with a sense of community and pride in their conservation efforts.  

Richard Quinney at his family farm near Elkhorn, 2017. Photo by TJ Lambert/Stages Photography

For some people, there is only one story that carries them through an entire lifetime.

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