A photographer friend of mine has a new book called Mending the Earth in Milwaukee. Her name is Ney Tait Fraser.
The book contains sixteen stories of yards landscaped with native plants to create mini-Edens for wildlife. The yards sustain pollinators such as butterflies, indigenous species of bees, birds
and critters that feed raptors.
The owners of the sixteen yards featured in the book were members of Wild Ones. They were profoundly influenced by one of its leaders, Lorrie Otto. Otto was a gifted teacher. The heroic saga of Lorrie Otto getting DDT banned in Wisconsin is also included.
Otto with children at Indian Hill School where she helped to establish native plants.
This book is crammed with useful information and is illustrated by photographs.
Mending the Earth in Milwaukee is currently available at:
Woodland Pattern Book Center 720 E. Locust Street Milwaukee.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on Brown Deer Road.
Wehr Nature Center, 9701 West College Ave., Franklin WI 53132.
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Highway Y, Saukville WI 53080.
The book costs $30 plus tax at all four locations.