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February 2017

February 1, Wednesday

7 p.m. Uplands Garden Club Lecture Series: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Mosses & Lichens | David Kopitzke is former Curator of Botany at the Milwaukee Public Museum, operated a native plant nursery, protecting rare plant species with the Wisconsin Bureau of Endangered Resources and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Richland. Please join the Uplands Garden Club for this interesting and educational discussion at Stonefield Apartments, 407 E. Madison St., Dodgeville.

FEBRUARY 4, Saturday

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Work Party Cutting and Burning Red Cedars at Skara Brae Prairie | This is a private site one ridge south of Mazo Bluff co-owned by the Goldberg and Schafer families. The Prairie Enthusiasts have been at work here for four years. Join us in restoring this prairie by helping cut and burn the plentiful red cedars. What to Bring/Wear:  Appropriate clothing for the weather (dress in layers.) For burning cedars, wear old clothes that you do not mind getting holes in from fire brands.  No synthetic fabrics, as they ignite too readily.  Sturdy footwear and work gloves are required.  Bring drinking water.  Chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but must have safety chaps and headgear. Work Party Leader: Contact Scott Sauer (608) 273-0904 (H), (608) 772-3539 (C), or scottbsauer@yahoo.com for directions or to arrange ride-sharing from Madison and to confirm. Directions:  At the intersection of Highways 14 and KP on the east side of Mazomanie, proceed south to the Lake Marion Park pavilion. Meet here. Skara Brae Lane is a town road, and we may have to carpool up the hill depending on the weather.

Noon – 4 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Erbe Grassland Work Day | We’re restoring this 99-acre grassland in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area for grassland birds and other wildlife, and we’d love your help.  We will be removing trees and brush and burning brush piles.  You’ll stay warm and can take home some free firewood if you are interested. What to Bring/Wear:  Appropriate clothing for the weather (dress in layers). For burning brush, wear old clothes that you do not mind getting holes in from fire brands.  No synthetic fabrics, as they ignite too readily.  Sturdy footwear and work gloves are required.  Bring drinking water.  Chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but must have safety chaps and headgear.  Bring pruners or loppers, if you have them, otherwise they will be provided.
Work Party Leader:  Erik Goplin (608) 437-4879 | Directions: From Mt. Horeb, take US Hwy 18/151 west for 2 miles.  Turn south (left) on Erbe Road.  Meet at the preserve’s parking lot and kiosk which is 0.7 miles south on Erbe Road the right.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Foxglove Savanna Tree/Brush Removal Work Day
(Southern Sauk County) |
 Join us for a day at Foxglove Savanna to cut and burn trees and brush in preparation for planting next year. The trees we shall liberate are grand white oaks, and they will thank you for your efforts through many enjoyable visits in the years to come. Foxglove Savanna, approximately 100 acres in size, is represented by 7 cooperating landowners, of which TPE is one, and has great potential to grow.We will provide lunch of from-scratch soup and sandwiches (with homemade bread). Work Party Leader: Jeb Barzen: (608) 370-3122 (c) What to Bring/Wear: Bring boots that can be wet, gloves, visored hat and safety glasses if you have them. Please wear natural fiber clothes as ashes won’t damage them as badly.  Water bottles are helpful. Directions: The work site is at S-12213 Round River Trail in southern Sauk County.  Round River Trail goes north from WI Highway 60 and is 1 mile east of Badger Road if you are coming from Spring Green and 1 mile west of Fox Road if you are coming from Sauk Prairie. The parking area will be at S-12213 (the Barzens’) and the work site is about 150 m to the north of that point.

February 5, Sunday

Noon – 4 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiast Schurch-Thomson Prairie Tree/Brush Removal Work Day (South of Blue Mounds) Removing trees that have invaded the original prairie landscape at Mounds View Grassland is critical to our being able to bring back the prairie ecosystem.  It is especially important for ground-nesting grassland birds, which require large treeless areas to be successful.  Grassland birds have been in major decline for the past 50 years or more and are high priority targets for conservation action. Work Party Leader: Rich Henderson (608) 845-7065; tpe.rhenderson@tds.net What to Bring/Wear: Appropriate clothing for the weather (dress in layers) and for burning brush piles.  Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting holes in from fire brands.  No synthetic fabrics, as they ignite too readily.  Sturdy footwear and work gloves are required.  Bring drinking water.  Chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but must have safety chaps and headgear.  Bring pruners or loppers, if you have them, otherwise they will be provided.
Directions: 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 barn at the end of the road.   (Note: 1/2 mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, as F turns to the right and the straight ahead becomes County Z.  Stay on F.) Map app:  Enter Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI

February 9, Thursday

7 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Conservation Conversation: Private Lens Conservation | Jeb Barzen, ecologist, will speak on restoration challenges and opportunities in a changing landscape: case studies form Wisconsin prairie and savanna. He will examine change over time in prairie and savanna ecosystems from two directions: from European settlement to now and from planting through several decades of development. With these two perspectives, we will explore our understanding of change in our native ecosystems and how we might use these perspectives to influence future efforts, especially on private lands where most of our resources in Wisconsin are still found. | Location: Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Main St., Mount Horeb.

February 12, Sunday

9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Foxglove Savanna Tree/Brush Removal Work Day |  The trees we shall liberate are grand white oaks, and they will thank your efforts through many enjoyable visits through the years to come. 100-acre Foxglove Savanna is represented by seven cooperating landowners, of which TPE is one.  Tim Long and Mary Forde will provide lunch.
Work Party Leader: Jeb Barzen; (608) 370-3122 (cell) What to Bring/Wear: Bring boots that can get wet, gloves, visored hat and safety glasses if you have them. Please wear natural fiber clothes as ashes won’t damage them as badly. Water bottles are helpful. Directions: The work site is at the end of Round River Trail in southern Sauk County. Round River Trail goes north from WI Highway 60 and is 1 mile east of Badger Road if you are coming from Spring Green and 1 mile west of Fox Road if you are coming from Sauk Prairie. The parking area will be at the end of Round River Trail in the turn-around and the work site should be in view and hearing to the northwest.

February 23, Thursday

7 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Conservation Conversation: Sniffing Out Ornate Box Turtles |  Rori Paloski and Rick Staffen, conservation biologists with the WI DNR, will relate experiences using a novel technique for locating and monitoring this endangered species, as well as describe its habitat needs and what landowners can do to protect them. | Location: Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Main St., Mount Horeb.

March 2017

March 1, Wednesday

7 p.m. Uplands Garden Club | “Let’s Talk Soil” presented by Nina Carns. Nina has a background in Agronomy-Soil Science from the University of WI at Platteville. The presentation will cover basic nutrients on soil tests and why these nutrient levels are important. Nina will walk us through a basic soil test from the immediate area and discuss the different nutrients tested, what they mean and how to improve the deficiencies. The audience is invited to gather a garden soil sample  and bring it to the April meeting for testing. Once the results are known, Nina will write up a brief statement in very basic terms for what is needed to improve or correct problems with the individual samples that were submitted. These results will be available at the May meeting. All meetings take place at Stonefield Apts., 407 E. Madison St., Dodgeville.

 

March 4, Saturday

The Prairie Enthusiast  Conference | Come to beautiful Galena, Illinois, for the annual celebration of prairie and oak savanna. The 30th Annual Conference and Banquet is coming up at the Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. Learn more >>

March 9, Thursday

7 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Conservation Conversation: Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic – A Product of Perspective | Steve Swenson, Director of Conservation at the Aldo Leopold Foundation will explore how personal and societal ethics change with perspective and time. Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, documented the evolution of his land ethic in the essay, “Thinking Like a Mountain.” How did he come to write this essay? Swenson will share Leopold’s life story through historic photographs and Leopold’s writings to illustrate Leopold’s evolving perspective  on the relationship between people and land. He will also profile the foundations’s current work that advances land ethics based on the Leopold legacy. | Location: Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Main St., Mount Horeb.