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New Brown County Monument Tells the Story of the Wisconsin Ledge and its Wineries
With 25 wineries, the Wisconsin Ledge is the 12th-largest recognized wine region in the United States. Read the Green Bay Press Gazette story here.
Co-Owner Steve DeBaker AKA
TV's Retired Rambler
Watch Steve talk about Wisconsin Ledge related topics and sights of interest on his monthly Retired Rambler segments on WFRV-TV's Local Five Live.
Nov. 21, 2023 ... New Shipwreck Exhibit Special guest Kevin Cullen, Chief Curator at the Manitowoc Maritime Museum, joins Steve to talk about the grand opening of a permanent exhibit featuring 1914 artifacts that were salvaged from the shipwreck Adriatic when it was removed from Sturgeon Bay in 2018. Learn more about the ship/exhibit here.
Oct. 17, 2023 ... Great Grape Growing Conditions and Ice Wine Many wineries in western Wisconsin lost their crop this year because of an early frost. Hear about the Wisconsin Ledge's temperate climate and its protection from the lake and bay, plus learn about ice wine here.
Sept. 19, 2023 ... Different Leaves, Different Colors Learn about the science behind Wisconsin's autumnal awesomeness here.
Aug. 15, 2023 ... How Animals Help Humans Keep Track of the Ecosystem's Health Hear more here from Andrea Vahey from the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo and meet her special guests the three-toed turtle and the blue-spotted salamander. (The NEW Zoo is located at 4378 Reforestation Rd., Suamico).
July 18, 2023 ... How Hawks Help Manage Vineyards Vineyards attract a variety of grape and vine eating varmints. But hawks love varmints! Learn how winemakers use hawks to protect their grapevines here.
June 20, 2023 ... Invasion of the Phragmites! Joining Steve this month to talk about the necessity of ecological restoration due to invasive plants taking out native plants on the Niagara Escarpment is Melissa Curran, Scientist/Botanist with Stantec. Learn more here.
April 18, 2023 ... More Wine! The number of wineries in the Wisconsin Ledge American Viticultural Area has doubled to 24 in the last decade. And the wineries are all in it together, especially this time of year when it comes to pruning. Learn more here.
March 21, 2023 ... They Don't Call Them the Great Lakes for Nothing Did you know that we have 1/5th of the world’s fresh water supply in our backyard? Find out how to calculate your personal water usage and hear about Trout Springs fifth consecutive award for smart water usage here.
Feb. 21, 2023 ... Coral Reefs in Wisconsin?! Yep, some scientists believe Wisconsin was home to some of the world’s first coral reefs. And did you know Wisconsin has a state fossil? On this episode, geologist Don Mikulic presents some fascinating facts that you can learn at the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha (watch here).
Jan. 17, 2023 ... Protecting the Ledge's Lakeshore With Steve this month is Tom Mlada, Executive Director for the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. They've been working to improve and protect the land and water surrounding Lake Michigan in this unique section of Wisconsin for 20 years (watch here).
See 2021 and 2022 segments here.