We Welcome our New Executive Director!
Since her childhood in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Beth Summers has held a deep passion for preserving biological diversity. After receiving a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she worked as an itinerant biologist, following her love of avian ecology to Australia, Nevada, California, Northern Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Florida. She earned an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science
from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she developed assessment models for bottomland hardwood forest restorations using avian and amphibian community metrics. She was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, where her work focused on assessment tools for headwater streams in
Appalachia. In 2016, Beth returned to Wisconsin with her family to start a small vegetable business called Birdsong Ridge Farm, where she and her husband have worked to build soil composition and habitat on land previously planted with conventional corn and soybeans. In her spare time, Beth enjoys playing piano and fiddle, gardening, and paddling.
Plant Native for Biodiversity
In her New York Times article about creating a meadow in her yard, Margaret Renkl conjures up visions of back yard life between invited and welcomed visitor plant life. Bees and birds, Monarchs and moles, play amongst her mostly native plantings. She pays minimal attention to the yard but reaps great rewards with a great diversity of plant and animal life. Follow the link below to read her whole article.
Driftless Clean Energy Grant