Wrong Tree: “Adventures in Wildlife Biology” with Jeff Wilson

March 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mercer Public Library
Mercer Public Library

Join us for an evening with author Jeff Wilson, author of the new memoir Wrong Tree: Adventures in Wildlife Biology,published by Cornerstone Press at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Wilson will visit the library on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his newly-released book.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Wrong Tree begins on a small family farm and takes the reader on Jeff Wilson’s wildlife journey from the fields of Iowa to the northwoods of Wisconsin, and ultimately to far flung locations around the world. His tales involve beaver, bear, osprey, and loon, to name a few, weaving natural history and science into adventures that leave you laughing. Whether Jeff is sharing his pickup cab with beaver co-pilots, trapping and releasing black bear, or gripping the flakey bark of a pine tree as he climbs into an eagle nest you will come away wiser about the ways of nature and inspired to seek adventure in life. Wrong Tree challenges the reader to consider serious issues such as climate change and biodiversity while enjoying a rollicking tale.

Wrong Tree also features original illustrations by artist Terry Daulton, whose work in various media can be seen in galleries in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. A selection of the illustrations from Wrong Tree will be on display at the Mercer Public Library in February.

Jeff Wilson grew up on a family farm in Linn County, Iowa. Adventure lured him to the Northwoods of Wisconsin where he found his true passion, the wild country and animals of the Lake Superior region. His 30+ year career as a wildlife technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found him moving problem bears and beaver, assisting with research on loons, eagles and osprey, aging deer and conducting wildlife surveys. He learned to be at home in an eagle nest at the top of a super canopy white pine, driving the rugged forest roads tracking furbearers, and spending nights under the stars banding loons. Wrong Tree: Adventures in Wildlife Biology is his first full length book.

Terry Daulton specializes in environmental education. Her work often crosses boundaries between the arts and sciences, creating traveling art and science exhibits. Her fine art, mostly pastels and printmaking, can be seen in galleries in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  She has illustrated a number of books, publications and interpretive exhibits in scratchboard and ink. She volunteers as coordinator for the art/science collaboration Drawing Water, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology field station at Trout Lake. She is also a founder of the conservation organization Wisconsin’s Green Fire which works to promote use of scien