Vaccine Trials to Save Bats

Wisconsin’s Natural Heritage Conservation Field Notes reported in December on the first vaccine trials to combat the fungus causing white nose syndrome. At least one of the two vaccines tested were shown to increase survival in males and reduce levels of the fungus. Additional trials are underway this winter.


Doris Green grew up among a large cohort of  Wisconsin cousins, wise-cracking uncles, and laughing aunts who gathered regularly to play cards and swap stories. A family trip to the Cave of the Mounds in the 1950s launched a journey leading to several books.

Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery (2018) puts an end to rumors about the mysterious death of a favorite aunt who died in 1960 at a small-town tavern Up North. The author uses the strategies of genealogy and journalism to finally answer the question: suicide, murder, or accident? (It’s available on Amazon and from Henschel Haus Publishing.)

A second edition of Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels in and Around the Badger State was published last year by Henschel Haus. A second edition of Minnesota Underground, co-authored with Greg Brick, is now complete. Green also authored Explore Wisconsin Rivers.

Green previously co-published and edited Wisconsin Community Banker magazine for the former Community Bankers of Wisconsin and was a communications specialist with the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as publisher at Magna Publications for its former book division and national newsletter  division. Green continues to write for national, regional, and local publications, and present at libraries, conferences, and other gatherings.

She earned her undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with her husband, Michael H. Knight, and three distracting cats in a log house near Spring Green, Wisconsin.

‘Exploring down under in the driftless’

Today the Dubuque Telegraph Herald ran reporter Michelle London’s interview with me on Minnesota Underground: A Guide to Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels and Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State. A sidebar features six sites in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin–all within easy day-trip range of Dubuque.

Good News!

Family historians who pause now and then to read genealogical fiction are cheering the announcement that Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst has found a new publishing home for her Chole Elefson mystery series. The series follows the heroine’s adventures in solving mysteries set in various historic sites, from Old World Wisconsin to Pendarvis. Number 11 in the series, The Weaver’s Revenge, is expected to appear in spring 2021 from Three Towers Press, an imprint of Henschel Haus Publishing, Milwaukee.

            Ernst worked at Old World Wisconsin for a dozen years, wrote educational programs for public television, and authored award-winning children’s books for American Girl, as well as the Chole Elefson series. Her research delves deep, including travel, ethnic handwork, and cooking that bring a time and place to life and add credibility to her written words.

A Book in Hand

•Doris CAVES book cover-1What a joy to come home yesterday to find the eagerly awaited carton at our back door! The feeling of this book in hand powers connections with all the mines, tunnels, and caves ever visited, especially those in our neighboring state of Minnesota.

Coauthored with Greg Brick, PhD., Minnesota Underground: Caves & Karst, Mines & Tunnels is available from the publisher with free shipping until Dec. 15.

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Doris is excited to speak about Wisconsin caves on a panel, “Nature–Our Home,” at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, during the 10th Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books. The panel also features Marcia Bjornerud, geologist and author of Timefulness, and Michael Edmonds, historian and author of Taking Flight.

This is the 10th anniversary year of the Festival, which welcomes readers of all ages to the UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive. There is no cost for most sessions. Learn more at

Also, remember to register for Jerry Dorsheid’s presentation of late 20th-century slides from the Neda Mine. The presentation is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in Arena, Wisconsin. Information: contact Doris at