Natural History

Bug of the Week – About the BugLady

The BugLady is an Environmental Educator who has been having “close encounters” with insects all her life. She has worked and/or volunteered at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend, the Mequon Nature Preserve, and Riveredge Nature Center near Newburg and spoken at other area Nature Centers. At Riveredge, she has the wonderful assignment of being the “sturgeon paparazza” at their annual sturgeon release. She leads field trips in the Cedarburg Bog and is on the Board of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog. When she’s not appreciating insects, she’s enjoying prairies and wetlands.

Her 35 year addiction to photography is (almost) her only vice. Many pictures in the early Bug of the Week episodes were taken with a 6.1 megapixel Kodak EasyShare Z650 point-and-shoot, but now she packs a 10 megapixel Pentax K200D DSLR with a 50mm macro lens.

The BugLady is a Wisconsin native, presently living in Ozaukee County. Most of the photos in Bug of the Week were taken in southeastern Wisconsin. Her Mission Statement is “Less stepping on bugs.”

About the Wisconsin Herpetological Atlas Project

The Wisconsin Herp Atlas is a computerized database of amphibian and reptile distribution, based on records obtained from museum collections, field surveys, literature, and field notes provided by volunteer observers throughout the state. Over 450 new county records have been confirmed by the project. The data collected helps to:

  • map species distributions
  • document rare species occurrences
  • analyze population trends
  • examine habitat requirements
  • plan conservation priorities

The Herp Atlas Project was initiated in 1986. Development support for this resource was initially provided by the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. It is now hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station.