|A prairie chicken cock 'booming,' i.e. dancing his heart out to attract a lady.|
Now that our rainy season has started with a vengeance I’m supposed to have lots of time to hone my blog .... right? --- Wrong! My umbilical cord has become attached to my computer, but I’m helping others rather than working on my blog. I’ve had two projects on the back burner and somehow they they both came to a head at basically the same time; and both involve my parents, Frederick and Frances Hamerstrom. My parents were well known ornithologists who spent their career developing the management plan for prairie chickens in Wisconsin -- and are credited with saving the species in that state.
|My mother, Fran Hamerstrom with her golden eagle. She is ready to throw her eagle into the air and call her back with a whistle and a lure.|
One of my projects is the re-issue of an anthology of stories I put together after my parents’ deaths, “Hamerstrom Stories.” Deann De La Ronde, a friend and dear woman who lived with my mother for the last two years of her life successfully twisted my arm and we collected an armful of stories about my parents written by friends of my parents. Stories included topics such as: ‘Half a Cow is Better than None’, ‘Footed by a 7-Pound Snowy Owl’, and ‘A Hunter I Wasn’t.’
|My father, Frederick Hamerstrom, was a much quieter person. He was the foundation of the prairie chicken research.|
"Hamerstrom Stories" was never intended for the general public. Even so, I sold 350 copies ... at cost. Now I’ve granted permission to the people who run the Prairie Chicken Festival in Wisconsin to reissue the book along with stories by eight new contributors. I’m nearly done with that project.
The second project is another book. Susan Tupper has had a manuscript for young readers accepted by The Wisconsin Historical Society, “Frances and Frederick Hamerstrom, Pioneers of Wildlife conservation.” The press wants lots of photos and drawings .... and guess who has them. I’ve been searching for photos, scanning and editing until I’m cross-eyed ... but I’m getting there. Susan’s book is going to be a wonderful way for young people to learn about the early conservation work done by my parents.
|Aldo Leopold, mentor to my parents when they were his graduate students.|
My father got his Phd under Aldo Leoplold, “The father of Ecology;” and my mother was the only woman to get a degree under him, her masters.
.... I just thought I'd let you, my readers, know what has been keeping me busy.