A pretty bird with blue on its wing
My brother Eric is a birdwatcher - and he knows the exact name of this creature. He lives out in California (Santa Cruz), so he enjoyed this opportunity to investigate a different habitat. In our short time in the wildlife refuge, he added two completely "new" birds to his birdwatching list. Way to go, Eric!
Green Bay has a large Amtgard park. For those of you who don't know what Amtgard is, it is a medieval reenactment club that focuses more on the fighting aspect, and add in fantasy. We go around beating each other with foam weapons essentially. If you are ever looking for anything interesting to do on a Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, check it out.
Packer Game or training camp...
Packer Game or training camp is a must in the summer and fall.
The Packers are full of tradition and it truly is an electrifying experience to be present at a game.
Lambeau offers daily tours, but there is nothing like the electricity of game day! The Packer Hall of Fame and pro shop are immediately adjacent to the atrium.
If you would like tickets, I may have access to the exclusive club seats ($225/ticket).
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"Green Bay's Wetlands"
There's a football team that plays in Green Bay, but I'm not going to write about them. Instead I'll share some of the other things which Green Bay is associated with - notably, outdoor activity. Green Bay is (surprisingly) a beautiful place to visit, with several distinct and unusual parks and wildlife refuges. Green Bay is an important place for migratory waterfowl flying up and down the North American corridor, and it is heartening to see that efforts have been made to preserve and extend wetlands habitat for a variety of creatures. If we as a society are going to be truly serious about protecting our environment, we need to be concerned not only about "wild places" like Yellowstone or Montana, but also - especially - about less dramatic but no less significant features like the wetlands of the upper Midwest.
Green Bay lies at the point where the Fox River enters into "Green Bay." The Fox River has a high concentration of paper mills, which can never be "neutral" in regards to environmental pollution. Fortunately, however, there's been a recognition that the local area is too important to be wasted, so the region is dotted with a variety of local, regional, and statewide parks and wildlife refuges. Some of these are funded by the paper companies themselves. It may be "conscience money," but even so, they should be commended for making the effort of giving something back to the natural world which they can't help but otherwise degrade.
Summer storms - in June 2005 I was driving north out of Green Bay on US 41 when I caught a picture of this impressive cumulo-nimbus off to the east.