EcoARC

June  2019

June 27 Thursday

6 – 8 p.m. Driftless Area Land Conservancy Evening Afield to learn about landscapes | Invasive Species: Learn how to ID the worst offenders and control them effectively, and hear how changing climate is affecting this problem. Led by Mike Degen, Taliesin Preservation and Gigi LaBiudde. Bison Belly Futures. Public welcome. There is no registration fee, but a free-will offering of $10/person is encouraged. Please register online here or by callingDALC office at 608 930-3252.  : Where: Taliesin Visitor Center, 5607 County Rd C, Spring Green

June 29 Saturday

9 a.m. – noon Join the Prairie Enthusiasts at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie to enjoy the prairie and lend a helping hand | Pull white sweet clover. This time of Screen Shot 2019-06-27 at 10.20.56 AMyear is one of the highlights for Black Earth Prairie. There should still be some wood lilies in bloom along with butterfly milkweed, lead plant, coreopsis and compass plant.
What to Bring/Wear: Bring water and wear hat, sturdy shoes (boots), long pants and gloves.
Work Party Leaders: Willis Brown and Kathie Brock  Contact Info: Willis, 608.316.5411; Kathie, 608.238.5050
Directions to Site: From Madison, take Hwy 14 to Black Earth, turn left on Hwy 78,
then right on KP, turn left on Hwy F and the first road on the right is Fesenfeld. Turn right and the prairie is on your left. Park along the side of the road.

9 a.m. – noon  The Prairie Enthusiasts Field Trip on Wild Edibles – Frenemies (Iowa County) | Please join us for a morning wild edibles plant walk starting near Barneveld. Delicious appetizers, salads, savory dishes, desserts, drinks (even cocktails) and seasonings can be made from wild plants. Plants have evolved many ways to protect themselves and spread their seeds.  Many of these clever techniques hurt us, and the native plant communities we love. We can eat many parts of these enemies, turning them into yummy food; they become Frenemies. This talk is geared for beginning foragers. Expect easy to understand, interactive conversation. Roger will talk about plant identification; safe, responsible and sustainable foraging; wild parsnip and poison ivy rash prevention, cleanup and treatment; invasive species and YUMMY food. A few plants on the menu are wild parsnip, stinging nettles, burdock, garlic mustard, Dame’s rocket, and more. We will have some nibbles along the trail, and Roger will provide some samples.
From eating wild berries and morels as a child, Roger has expanded his repertoire greatly over the past 10 years as learning about and foraging for wild edibles has become a passion.
We will start by walking on the Military Ridge Trail and then drive to a couple of other locations. We will finish up at TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve at 8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld.
What to Bring/Wear:  Dress for the weather. Bring drinking water. Bring a clipboard and blank paper or a tablet, if you want to draw, trace or rub leaves to help with identification and memory. We will go even in light to medium rain.
Trip leader:  Roger Reynolds, 608.574.7497
Directions:  Meet just north of Barneveld on Hwy K at the intersection with West Blue Mounds Road and Military Ridge Bike Trail. This is about a quarter-mile north of the Barneveld Lutheran Church, 505 Swiss Lane, Barneveld, WI

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Field trip Reviving a Lost Prairie Landscape – Mounds View Grassland (Iowa County)|Come for a day of hiking across TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve. We will see the progress being made in bringing back to life degraded remnant prairies, converting non-native cool-season grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps and planting agricultural fields to prairie. We will encounter rich displays of early summer prairie flowers such as pale-purple coneflower, wild quinine, white wild indigo, white prairie clover and others.  Along the way, we will also have the opportunity to observe many uncommon grassland birds such as bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and Henslow’s sparrows, as well as butterflies and bumblebees (we will have some close-focusing binoculars available). Be prepared for a long hike (some off trail) and occasional steep slopes.
What to Bring/Wear: Bring a pack lunch (we’ll stop for a picnic along the way), water, hat, sun screen, long pants, and binoculars.
Trip leader: Rich Henderson (h) 608.845.7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net
Directions: Address is 8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld. From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).
Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs as F turns to the right and the straight ahead road becomes County Z. Stay on F.

June 30 Sunday

9 a.m. –  noon  Help keep one of the only remnants of the original Sauk Prairie -Schluckebier Sand Prairie healthy and beautiful. | Hopefully the weather will be great to get outdoors and learn about prairie ecology along the way. We will be removing sweet clover from the South Unit of the property to further decades of restoration work at this site. If there isn’t much sweet clover, we will collect whatever seed is available.
What to Bring/Wear: Bring water, leather gloves, eye protection, and hearing protection. Hand tools and/or power tools will be provided.
Work Party Leader: Brandon Mann, 413.427.4099 or westboundb@yahoo.com, but phone calls are preferred
Directions to Site: Take US Highway 12 west of Sauk City until you get to the light at County PF.  Turn left (west) onto Co. PF and travel 1.5 miles, at which point there is a dirt lane immediately beyond a row of trees on the left.  Turn left (south) into the lane and look for the small mowed parking area about 100 feet down the lane.

 

 

 

July 2019

July 18 Thursday

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Land Tour and Potluck | Take a tour with Bob and Carolyn Laeser of their 200-acre property which features more than 50 acres of restored, high-diversity prairie, as well as restored wetland and riparian habitat along the Mud Branch of the Pecatonica River.  15673 Apple Grove Church Rd, Argyle.

BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings; you bring a dish to pass. Check  here  for changes or last-minute cancellation information.

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

 

 

Saturday July 20

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Canoe the Lower Wisconsin River with Driftless Area Land Conservancy | Spring  Green, Sauk Co.
Enjoy a relaxed half‐day paddle on the beautiful Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with leaders of Driftless and Friends of the Lower Wisconsin. Learn about the river’s natural and cultural history at sandbar stops and explore the backwaters of Mill Creek. Put in at the Highway 14 landing and take out at the Wisconsin River Resort in Spring Green. Bring a picnic lunch. If you do not have a canoe, please contact Wisconsin Riverside Resort and reserve your canoe. Reference “Driftless & FLOW Canoe Trip” for rentals. Shuttles will be available.
Leaders: Dave Clutter, Timm Zumm Group limit: 20

There is no registration fee, but we encourage a free‐will offering of $10/person/session for adults ages 16+, collected on site. Please register for field trips by submitting a brief form at the Events page of our website or by calling our office at 608‐930‐3252.

 

 

Sunday July 28

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Prairie Enthusiasts Workshop on Approaches to Planting Prairie in Crop Fields, Old-Fields and CRP Cool-Season Grass
Instructors: Rich Henderson and Scott Weber
Description: This course will cover a variety of techniques used in establishing prairie vegetation. We will visit fields to inspect plantings of various ages and establishment techniques. Planting techniques, timing, species selection and seed mixes, site preparation, species interaction and succession will be covered. You will learn what you can expect from various techniques and how long it takes to establish prairie vegetation.
Class Size: Limit 20 people.                Cost: $25

Advance registration and fee required. Class size is limited. More information is available. Contact EmpireSauk@charter.net to register or to find out more.

 

August 2019

Thursday August 15

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Land Tour and Potluck | Take a tour with Amy Alstad & Eric Udelhofen, of their 42-acre property that combines early-stage woodland and prairie restoration projects with an organic fruit-growing operation.  4140 Pikes Peak Rd, Ridgeway

BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings; you bring a dish to pass. Check  here  for changes or last-minute cancellation information.

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

 

Saturday August 24

9 a.m. –  noon Geology Hike of the Driftless Area sponsored by The Driftless Area Land Conservancy | Muscoda, Grant Co.
Spend a morning exploring the Wisconsin River valley, a quarry, and the “Frank’s Hill” effigy mounds to learn about the fascinating geology of the Driftless Area. We will see evidence of ancient sea beds, ancient peoples, and why our trip leader thinks the Wisconsin River once flowed in the opposite direction of what we see today.
Leader: Dr. Eric Carson Group limit: 25

There is no registration fee, but we encourage a free‐will offering of $10/person/session for adults ages 16+, collected on site. Please register for field trips by submitting a brief form at the Events page of our website or by calling our office at 608‐930‐3252.