Doreen Pfost of Elroy, Wisconsin, is a writer and communications consultant. She lived for six years in Kearney, Nebraska, where she earned a Master’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. While in Nebraska, she immersed herself – figuratively and literally – in the Platte River to learn about its ways, its wildlife, and its history. Each spring, she serves as a volunteer tour guide on the Platte, where a half-million sandhill cranes stop over on their spring migration, attracting birdwatchers and nature lovers from around the world. Her book, This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte, weaves memoir, natural history, and human history into a series of essays that follow the Platte through the year’s changing seasons.
She is now at work on a book about the history of Platte River conservation. Closer to home in Wisconsin, she is a tour guide at the Aldo Leopold Foundation near Baraboo. Her blog, “A Naturalist Walks Home,” is a how-to guide and roving memoir to help amateur naturalists deepen their connection to the land through nature study and recreation.