Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

holiday cheer with wild turkey

A White-breasted Nuthatch balancing on the icy edge of the birdbath.

wild turkey

On May 9, 2000, a seven-story warehouse in Anderson County, Kentucky was destroyed in a fire, spilling the contents of thousands of gallons of the company’s whiskey aging barrels into the Kentucky River. The alcohol spills killed hundreds of thousands of fish along a 66 mile stretch of the river. The company paid $256,000 to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in an effort to restore the fish population in the river.


8 responses

  1. Great pics again Melissa, and a neat little story. I wonder how many people there were along the shore with buckets. :-) Brings a new meaning to going out for a drink. :-)

    Happy Christmas Eve.

    Sure do love that Chicadee. :-)

    December 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob. I wondered if it was potent enough to kill fish how strong was the smell!?! Merry Christmas to you and Ann dear Bob! xo

      December 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  2. Willie nelson’s “Whiskey River” took on new meaning.
    Merry Christmas to you and the whole Melissa fam. At my daughter’s sucking down wakeup coffee and watching logs burn and listening to Michael McDonald Christmas music. Life’s pretty good in Central Texas!

    December 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    • melissakoski

      Merry Christmas Rev Paul!! The coffee sounds promising…. that you have your creamer. (: Hope you’re enjoying your holiday! xo

      December 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  3. Merry Christmas everyone! Melissa, do you ever take bad pictures? You certainly have enriched my “WildLife” picture folder. Rev, I have to admit that Christmas music isn’t my thing but what a voice MD has. My favorite stuff, of course, is his work with Steely Dan and the Doobs. Yeah, I like SOME so-called yacht rock!!!!!

    December 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    • melissakoski

      I take 100’s of bad pictures every day (: Merry Christmas Louis!

      December 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  4. I like the wild Turkey – didn’t know they still lived in the wild, we certainly don’t have them wild over here in the UK!

    Do you take all these pictures yourself? they are very good

    December 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for the kind words. I did take the pictures myself…right in the backyard. (:

      December 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm


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