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Speak up TODAY for 10-year Reauthorization of Knowles-Nelson

Critical time for conservation in Wisconsin

Please call your legislators today and let them know that we all benefit by renewing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Programfor another 10 years.
Over the years, Knowles-Nelson has helped fund innumerable conservation projects throughout Wisconsin and the Driftless, including our very own Erickson Conservation Area.
Now, we need your help and support to ensure that Knowles-Nelson gets reauthorized for the next 10 years and continues to move conservation forward in Wisconsin.
Crucial budget allocation discussions will likely be held after Memorial Day, so reach out soon!
To contact your state representatives, click here.
You can also text “STEW” to 25994

June  2019

June 8 Saturday

1 – 4 p.m.  Join the Prairie Enthusiasts’ Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie Invasives Control Work Party | Join us at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie to help get rid of invasives! PLUS—enjoy viewing excellent flowers! Sumac, gray dogwood, possibly sweet clover, brambles, overly abundant willow and hazelnut— you name it, we’ll get rid of it. Black Earth Prairie is one of the finest prairie remnants in this area, but like all good things, it needs help to stay that good. We’ll be working to remove the invasives that continually try to take over the prairie. And while we’re getting rid of weeds, we can also look at the wonderful flowers that this prairie 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. See you there….  Come help the prairie!
What to 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.
Work Party Leaders:
Willis Brown and Kathie and Tom Brock
Contact Info:
Willis: 608.278.9308; Kathie: kmbrock@charter.net , (c) 608.225.8239
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”

June 15 Saturday

10 a.m. – noon  Butterfly and Flower Extravaganza with the Prairie Enthusiasts. | Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful State Natural Area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high-quality marsh. It is a joint preserve of the Savanna Oak Foundation and TPE. This time of year, we hope to see Baltimore checkerspots, wetland skippers, swallowtails, silvery checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year. This trip is co-sponsored by TPE, the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and Madison Audubon Society.
What to Bring/Wear: 
Long pants, a hat, water, hiking shoes, and close-focusing binoculars are recommended. If you would like, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip; beverages and dessert will be provided.
Trip Leaders: Doug Buege of SWBA and Tom and Kathie Brock, Tdbrock@charter.net or 608.238.5050

3 – 9 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiast Summer Solstice (Almost) Hike and Picnic on the Prairie at Rattlesnake Ridge! (Iowa County) Note From Sue and Bill:  We would especially like to encourage folks from the Southwest and Empire-Sauk chapters to come and get to know each other and simply have a nice social evening with good food and hopefully a bit of music.  It is a busy time of the year, so if you are out and about on other events, come later for just the potluck.  Family and friends are most welcome!

Join us for an afternoon of hiking the bluff, prairie, and barrens of Rattlesnake Ridge, and celebrate the long evening of summer with a potluck dinner in the garden meadow. TPE’s Rattlesnake Ridge Preserve encompasses 80 acres featuring a ridgetop remnant prairie surrounded by woodlands, as well as blufflands with spectacular views of the Wisconsin River valley. We can look for rusty-patched bumblebees on the prairie, see the effect of the first prescribed burn on the bluff, and check the 40 acres of privately-owned sand barrens for the 4:30 show of the fame flowers. Then stay to celebrate the upcoming solstice and relax with friends, a great meal, musical jam? and all our Wisconsin summer has to offer!6:

Special Instructions: Non-alcoholic beverages and tableware provided; please bring a dish to share, a fold-up chair, and any other preferred beverages. Any musicians out there? Bring your instruments for an evening jam!  Hiking options vary from short and sweet to long and strenuous; sun protection, water, and insect repellent advised.
Trip leader:Sue Steinmann, ssteinmann6@gmail.com, 608.753.2332
Directions: 7046 Reimann Rd., Arena.  Take Hwy 14 to Arena; go south on Reimann at Arena Cheese Store (big mouse); go right onto gravel lane at end of road; left at fork in the lane; continue 1/3 mile thru woods to parking area in front of greenhouse.

 

June 20 Thursday

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Land Tour and Potluck | Take a tour of the project of Doug Steege and Kris Euclid, 4987 Reeve Road, Black Earth.

This 185-acre property has been under active restoration and management for 40 years, and features high-quality dry remnant prairie, wetlands, and oak savanna. This 185-acre property has been under active restoration and management for 40 years, and features high-quality dry remnant prairie, wetlands, and oak savanna.

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!

 

 

Sunday June 23

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Workshop on Sedge Identification and Habitat Preferences in Fire-Dependent Ecosystems of Southern Wisconsin
Instructors: Rich Henderson and Pat Trochlell
This workshop introduces participants to the basics of sedge identification, a family with species commonly found growing in wetlands, prairies and savannas. We will cover taxonomy, plant structure and use of appropriate plant keys for identification. Field identification techniques will be emphasized with forays into Mounds View Grassland and Pleasant Valley Conservancy.
Class size: Limit 15 people.                 Cost: $20

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

 

 

June 25 Tuesday

9 – 11 a.m. Driftless Area Land Conservancy Family Monarch Exploration | Argyle , Lafayette Co. Bring the kids to this fun and frolicking search for monarch caterpillars and butterflies! Learn the basics about monarch biology, observe monarch caterpillars up close, and participate in a monarch‐themed story walk.
Leaders: Amy Alstad, Emily Benz Group.

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.

 

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

 

 

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 17

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Prairie Enthusiast Workshop on Introduction to Prairie Insects
Instructor: Rich Henderson
You will learn about the diversity of insects that live in prairies. We will cover how to identify insects to Order (to Family in some cases). Learn what Orders and Families are most prevalent in prairies. We will cover what species are dependent on (restricted to) prairie or prairie plant species; their conservation status, habitat, and host requirements; and the effects of fire on insects.
Class Size: Limit 15 people.                Cost: $20

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

 

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.