Environmental Action and Resource Calendar
for the greater Iowa County area
Contact EcoARC here.
June 8 Friday
7 p.m. ATC Transmission Line Update | Dodgerbowl, Dodgeville
Presented by Howard Learner of the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
June 9 Saturday
8:30 – 11:00am Bluebird Field Trip| Town of Pulaski, WI
Offered by Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Join Driftless Board Member & Conservation Easement holder, Dale Moody, for an introduction and tour of bluebird conservation efforts on Dry Dog’s beautiful property. Light refreshments provided. Bring water, binoculars and sturdy hiking shoes. Registration is required by calling, 608-930-3252 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org | Learn more here.
9 a.m. – Noon Erbe Grassland and Goplin Prairies Field Trip near Mount Horeb
Offered by The Prairie Enthusiasts. Help look for endangered woolly milkweed and explore prairie remnants and restoration at TPE’s Erbe Grassland preserve and the adjacent Goplin property (200 acres total). We have been trying to inventory the site for this milkweed, which is short and easily overlooked when not in bloom. They should be in flower at this time. Also a great site to for rare and uncommon grassland birds such as upland sandpipers, bobolinks, meadowlarks, Henslow’s sparrows, grasshopper sparrows, and more. Be prepared for a long hike off trail. Bring binoculars, long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Leader: Rich Henderson email@example.com 608.845.7065. Learn more here.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sustain Iowa County and Citizen Climate Lobby meeting.
June 10 Sunday
1 – 4 p.m. Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie Work Day near Black Earth
Offered by The Prairie Enthusiasts. Working to remove invasives in one of the finest prairie remnants in this area while enjoying the wonderful flowers this remnant boasts. We may even see an early wood lily if the weather stays warm. Or maybe a late prairie phlox, which is super this year. Bring/Wear: Hat, gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, as well as bug juice, as needed. Also sharp eyes, the better to enjoy the flowers with. Clippers and herbicide provided. And snacks! Contact Info: Willis: 608.278.9308; Kathie: firstname.lastname@example.org, 608.225.8239 (cell). Bring: hat gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots and bug juice. Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 14 and County F in Black Earth, follow F west out of town, then south when it separates from KP. Take your first right on Fesenfeld Road, and go about 0.1 mile to the Prairie entrance. Park along the north side of the road. Google: Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area or Map App: Enter “10241 Fesenfeld Road, Black Earth” Learn more here.
June 21 Thursday
Each summer BMAP arranges public visits to a few of our members’ properties for a tour and a potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Check back here for changes or last minute cancellation information.
All BMAP Summer Gatherings start at 6:30 p.m. with potluck following the tour.
Thursday June 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. Tour of a BMAP member’s property with potluck near Blanchardville
Each summer BMAP arranges public tours and potluck at members’ properties. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Hosts: Jim and Betty MacDonald |This property is unusual because it recreates an entire specific local ecosystem. We will walk through prairie, savanna, and riparian areas like those in the original York Prairie. It is an example of rewilding of landscape based entirely on existing relic and local genotype species. The methods used, successes, and failures during the 25 years of this project will be discussed and illustrated. 8596 Sunnyside Rd, Blanchardville. Directions: Two miles north of Blanchardville on Sunnyside Rd between Hwy 78 and County H. Enter at blue gate into woods. Park at top of hill in field directly ahead of you. Check for last minute changes here.
June 30, Saturday
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ididaride-Ralley – Bike or hike to Protect the Military Ridge State Trail from massive transmission lines
Offered by DriftlessDefenders.com and Western Dane Preservation Campaign at GrandStay Hotel back lawn, 175 Lillehammer Lane, Mount Horeb. Bike or hike the Military Ridge Trail from Madison, Dodgeville or points in between and meet in Mount Horeb at 11 a.m. for the rally. Get details and register for the bike ride here.
June 26 Tuesday
2:00 – 3:00pm Family Monarch Exploration| Argyle Legion Park & Erickson Conservation Area, 14567 Hwy 78, Argyle, WI
Offered by Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Join DALC and the Argyle Library, learning about the amazing monarch butterfly. We’ll look for monarchs in all their life-cycle stages, do some fun arts and crafts, and learn about how we can help monarchs thrive here in the Driftless. Learn more here.
July 7 Saturday
8:30 – 10:00pm Driftless Skies: Stargazing| Spring Green Preserve, Spring Green, WI
Offered by Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Enjoy a night of stargazing under the dark skies of the Driftless Area with John Heasley, astronomy educator with Driftless Stargazing LLC. John will have a telescope and binoculars set up to see the many highlights of the July Sky. Great activity for kids. He’ll also point out summer constellations with a laser pointer and tell stories of the stars. Learn more here.
Registration is required. Please call (608) 930-3252 or email: email@example.com | Map & directions:
Please note: In case of cloudy skies, the back-up date is Sunday July 8th.
July 19 Thursday
6:30 p.m. Tour of a BMAP member’s property with potluck near New Glarus
Each summer BMAP arranges public tours and potlucks at members’ properties. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Hosts: Kris & Penny Kubly | At 182 acres, this property has it all – class II trout stream, prairie remnants, planted prairies, remnant oak savannas and oak woodlands, cold-water springs, shallow warm-water wetlands and remnant sedge meadows. 1801 2nd St., New Glarus. Directions: Immediately south of the New Glarus High School on 2nd St. Turn onto the long driveway (well marked with the address) just before 2nd St. intersects County H. Park at the top of the hill on the paved parking area or in the grass. Check for last minute changes here.
July 21 Saturday
2 p.m. Still Protecting the Driftless Ralley near Dodgeville
All area candidates for statewide offices are being invited to speak briefly concerning the CHC Transmission Line Proposal. More info to follow. Learn more here
August 16 Thursday
6:30 p.m. Tour of a BMAP member’s property with potluck near Argyle
Each summer BMAP arranges public tours and potlucks at members’ properties. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Hosts: Bob & Caroline Laeser | This 277-acre property includes more than 50 acres of planted prairies, diverse woodland habitats, and stream restoration work along the Mud Branch of the Pecatonica. 15673 Apple Grove Church Rd, Argyle. Check for last minute changes here.