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Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession and passion. Her childhood spent as a “mud and water daughter” in northeast Iowa led to a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont. As the naturalist/education director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers. She has also earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Emily’s second book, Natural Connections: Dreaming of an Elfin Skimmer, is on sale now at cablemuseum.org. She loves gardening, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and paddling in the Boundary Waters.