Slugs and Stinging Nettle- What do they have in common?

Tonight I will be working with my Boy Scout troop on identification of poisonous plants in the Pacific Northwest.  One such plant is my nemesis- the stinging nettle (urtica dioica).

Three years ago, I had a terrible run-in with this obnoxious weed while walking a 3D archery course in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.  The encounter left me in pain, but provided the perfect opportunity to teach my son the benefits of slimy slugs in our ecosystem.

Whoa, say what? Slugs, slime and stinging nettle have something in common? Yes, they do!  Read here for the full story.

The banana slug- Ariolimax columbianus

The banana slug- Ariolimax columbianus


Cheers to 2014!

Cheers to 2014 ~ from the red carpet in Vegas to the wilds of Africa, and everywhere in between. What a year to remember! Thank you to all who played a part in making the year so memorable.

A special thank you to: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel for Women, Women’s Outdoor News and Cabelas, with shout outs to Outdoor GPS and The Morning Bullride.

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store.

Ready. Set. Go! 

PicMonkey Collage 2014

Prois chicks and ticks… not a pleasant combination.

Author Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and Britney Starr with Michelle's mighty blue wildebeest.   Image by Starr & Bodill African Safaris

Author Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and Britney Starr with Michelle’s mighty blue wildebeest.
Image: Starr & Bodill African Safaris

This past July, I had the wonderful experience of hunting with Starr & Bodill African Safaris in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with five other unique and amazing women, including fellow Prois staffers Andrea Fisher and Britney Starr.  (Starr is coincidently one of the Starrs behind Starr & Bodill). We enjoyed 10 days of successful plains game hunting and a day of fishing in the Indian Ocean. It was an adventure I will never forget.

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