Crickhollow Book News – Duck Stamps and Prairie Chicken Dances

What’s happening at Crickhollow Books?

A forthcoming title is A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. It will be Loreen Niewenhuis’s second book. (Her first was A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach.)

Loreen’s just embarked on a new 1,000-mile hike (!!) to walk portions of the shoreline of all five Great Lakes. Last report from her Lake Trek blog was from the Great Black Swamp (just west of Lake Erie).

The vast marsh used to stretch from Sandusky to Chicago. Over the last 200 years, the swamp has been mostly drained. Only 10% remains, now a vital resting point for over 300 species of birds that migrate through each spring and fall.

Niewenhuis visited the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, where she asked director Kim Kaufman what a person can do to support bird sanctuaries. One way: “Buy the annual Duck Stamp.” Turns out that 99 cents of every dollar spent on the duck stamp goes to acquire habitat for birds. (You can purchase online at:

And . . . in other Crickhollow Books literary/nature sanctuary news . . .

Philip Martin, author of How To Write Your Best Story, will be a featured literary guest on Sunday, April 15, at the Prairie Chicken Festival in Central Wisconsin. The eclectic event combines great nature centers, the spring mating dance of the prairie chickens, and literary talks. Martin will give a talk, for writers and readers, on storytelling in literature, with a focus on the role of sense of place and observant details.

What can I say? It’s been kind of birdy around here.

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