Save for the airport in Chicago, I haven't spent any time in the Midwest US. Up to this point, I fully expect it to be just as Garrison Keillor describes it on the radio (yes, I know he speaks of Minnesota and not Wisconsin but I'm lumping the "Midwest" at this point). As I've announced my intention to go to Madison, so many people have come up to say that it's a beautiful place. Indeed, it's won numerous awards for its quality of life (which I'll write about later). I've also read it described as "77 square miles surrounded by reality." Indeed, this is the kind of place I can get excited about.
I manage the Community-based Restoration and Education Program based in Newport Beach, CA. I'll be writing on updates around Upper Newport Bay and news in the world of community-based habitat restoration.