“Nature of Peninsula” Now Available

Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP) are pleased to announce the publication of The Nature of Peninsula: A Park Ecology Sampler. The 90-page book, with color photographs, features essays by field specialists including Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Scott Craven, Tom Blackwood, and several DNR staff.

A few essays address DNR issues like beech bark disease and the native wasp that preys on emerald ash borer while others focus on lighter topics, such Wendy Nelson’s piece about fireflies and Nick Meiers’s piece about the 2008 discovery of an endangered snake by Gibraltar second graders.

“In recent years, several people authored books about park history,” said Kathleen Harris, Peninsula State Park naturalist. “This is the first title ever to focus exclusively on Peninsula’s natural heritage.”

A painting by nationally known artist Charles Peterson, who donated the use of the image, will grace the cover. The scene, ravens at Sven’s Bluff, with a ribbon of shoreline in the distance, is easily recognizable.

The Nature of Peninsula will be available at park headquarters and the nature center in mid-June for $7. Mail orders are available for $10 (including shipping and handling). After recouping printing costs, remaining proceeds will be reinvested into future Peninsula educational publications.

For more information email Harris at [email protected] or visit