EcoARC

Environmental Action and Resource Calendar

for the greater Iowa County area

Contact EcoARC here.

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May 2017

 

May 11 Thursday

2 & 5:30 p.m. Solar Power Hours | Offered by UW-Extension, Driftless Area Land ISB 54.412.786Conservancy, Sustain Iowa County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Iowa County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever at the Health & Human Services Building
303 W Chapel St Dodgeville. Free and open to the public. Learn more here. 

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

May 13 Saturday

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11 a.m. Iowa County Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and Sustain Iowa County  joint meeting at Country Kitchen, 1202 N Johns St., Dodgeville. This months conference all will feature Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, American Public Health Association on the toll that burning fossil fuels takes on public health. Learn more here.

 

May 18 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

May 20 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hills and Hollows: An Intimate Tour of Driftless Area Natural Lands offered by the Driftless Land Conservancy. Four land owners open their privately protected lands for intimate tours plus tours and a story walk at the Driftless Area Land Conservancy’s own Erickson Conservation Area in Arglye. Registration is required by calling 608 930-3252 or email.  (May 21 rain date) Learn more here.

10 a.m. – noon Blue Mounds Area Project Muralt Bluff State Natural Area Walk | Join Tom Mitchell (site manager) for a guided hike of the 62-acre Muralt Bluff State Natural Area. Come see the results of over 2,000 hours of on-the-ground work effort over the last two years by The Prairie Enthusiasts’ Prairie Bluff chapter members. Tom will discuss the history, geology and land management, and point out many rare and uncommon prairie species. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Southern Wisconsin’s tallgrass prairie gems! Light refreshments will be served after the walk. Meet at the Muralt Bluff parking lot immediately west of W2635 County F, Albany.

 

May 21 Sunday

1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Prairie Enthusiasts Late Spring Flowers & Birds Tour at Schurch-Thomson Prairie, Iowa Co. | Come hike into this secluded valley to see late spring wild ow- ers, queen bumblebees, prairie plantings, and inter-seedings of various ages. The hike will include extensive grassland bird habitat. Trip Leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net.

 

May 22 Tuesday

5 p.m. Uplands Garden Club spring clean-up at Centennial Park to fulfill the agreement with the City of Dodgeville that in exchange for use of the Ley Pavillion for the annual plant sale by maintaining this park throughout the summer.  There are usually some plants left from the plant sale to plant that first day, and all the gardens need to be cleaned up.

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Sugar River Oak Savanna, The Prairie Enthusiasts Tour | Diverse 9-acre oak, managed with frequent re since 1976 has brought about a very diverse ora of prairie and savanna spe- cies with nearly 400 native plant species now present. A wide array of late-spring wild owers should be in bloom. Trip leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

May 25 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

May 27 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

 

May 29 Monday

1:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Memorial Day at Green’s Prairie Cemetery, Postville  | A series of short presentations followed by a hike to look at the spring flowers. This year we will learn about Anna Walker, the last person buried here almost exactly 100 years ago, and her husband Joel Walker, a member of the famous Eagle Regi- ment in the Civil War. Event organizers David Green, William Kuenzi, John Ochsner, 608-214-2363.

 

6-8:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Evening Hike at Schurch-Thomson & Underwood Prairies | Come for an evening hike to see and hear a rich diversity of prairie and savanna birds, and, of course, endless late spring wild owners. Trip Leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

 

June  2017

 

June 1, Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

June 3, Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

9:30 a.m. The Driftless Area Conservancy Bluebird Presentation | Demonstration on how to attract bluebirds, including the right bluebird house and habitat. Visit a ab2e36f25a34abda4ad8c4aac3f15b18chain of birdhouses, and possibly get to hold some of the “residents.” 9:30-Coffee and Welcome. 10:00-Walking Tour and Program. 12:00-Brown Bag / Picnic Lunch. 12:30- Optional Tour of Restoration Project. Hosted by:  Dale and Doris Moody at the Dry Dog Ranch near Muscoda,  land that is permanently protected through a partnership with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Registration is free. directions will be provided upon RSVP. Contact Daniel Libby: Daniel@driftlessconservancy.org, 608-930-3252. Learn more here.

 

June 8, Thursday

2 & 5:30 p.m. Solar Power Hours | Offered by UW-Extension, Driftless Area Land ISB 54.412.786Conservancy, Sustain Iowa County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Iowa County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever at the Health & Human Services Building
303 W Chapel St Dodgeville. Free and open to the public. Learn more here. 

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

June 10 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Erbe Grassland and Goplin Prairies Tour | Come help us look for endangered wooly milkweeds, and explore prairie remnants and restoration at TPE’s Erbe Grass- land preserve, and the adjacent Goplin Property. Trip Leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net.

 

June 11 Sunday

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Sugar River Oak Savanna Tour | Come see displays of spiderwort, rock rose, and frost-weed in bloom before they close up for the day. There may even be a few wood lilies in bloom. Management with frequent fire since 1976 has brought about a very diverse mix of prairie and savanna species with nearly 400 native plant species. Trip leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

June 14 Wednesday

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Evening Hike at Schurch-Thomson Prairie | Come hike into the secluded valley, wild flowers of late spring and early summer should be in bloom, such as white wild indigo, meadow -rue, prairie phlox, and prairie (wood) lily. Trip Leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

June 15 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

6:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Gathering | Visit a MBAP member’s bluemoundsproperty for a tour and potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Barbara Borns and Fred Townsend will host on their 59-acre property with several high-quality remnant prairies, a 16-year old restored prairie, as well as oak woodlands.
9580 Union Valley Rd, Black Earth, located approximately 3 miles south of Black Earth. From Highway 78, go east on Union Valley Road to 9580. The gravel driveway is shared with one other fire number; stay left at the split and proceed towards their log home. Learn more here.

 

June 17 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Butterflies and Wildflowers of Pleasant Valley Conservancy Hike, Black Earth | This time of year we hope to see Baltimore checkerspots, wet- land skippers, swallowtails, silvery checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterfliesies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year. Trip Leaders: Douglas Buege and Tom and Kathie Brock, Tdbrock@charter.net or 608-238-5050

 

June 18 Sunday

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Bumblebee Identification Workshop at Schurch-Thomson Prairie |Learn about bumblebee life histories and how to identify our native bumblebee species. Leaders: Christy Stewart, (cstewart1@wisc.edu) 608-213-5688 and Susan Carpenter (scarpen1@uwarb.wisc.edu) 608-886-7504

 

June 24 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

 

June 27 Tuesday

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Flowers of Underwood & Schurch-Thomson Prairies Tour | See upland prairies rich with early summer prairie owers such as pale-purple cone ower, wild quinine, white wild indigo, white prairie clover, and others which should be in bloom. This grassland will also be teaming with birds such as bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and Henslow’s sparrows, so bring binoculars. Trip leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

June 29 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

July 2017

July 1 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

 

July 5 Wednesday

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Evening Hike at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie |Summertime trip to this high-quality prairie remnant. A spectacular display of butter y milkweed, leadplant, and coreop- sis should be at its peak on this summer evening. This site is an important State Natural Area owned by The Prairie Enthu- siasts. This trip is co-sponsored by The Prairie Enthusiasts and Madison Audubon Society. Led by: Kathie and Tom Brock, Tdbrock@charter.net or 608-238-5050.

 

July 6 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

July 8 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

10:00 a.m. – Noon. The Prairie Enthusiasts Flowers of Schurch-Thomson Prairie Hike | Come see large displays of leadplant, Coreopsis, rosinweed, compass plant, wild quinine, and other mid- summer prairie owers. The endangered regal fritillary butter ies should be in ight, and, if we are lucky, we may find rare and colorful leadplant flower moths on the leadplant. Trip leader: Rich Henderson, 608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

 

July 13 Thursday

2 & 5:30 p.m. Solar Power Hours | Offered by UW-Extension, Driftless Area Land ISB 54.412.786Conservancy, Sustain Iowa County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Iowa County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever at the Health & Human Services Building
303 W Chapel St Dodgeville. Free and open to the public. Learn more here. 

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

6:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Gathering | Visit a MBAP member’s bluemoundsproperty for a tour and potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Join us to witness how rotational cattle grazing can be used as an effective tool in stewardship, and to tour their oak savanna restoration. Dick and Kim Cates have been farming this 402 acre property which is a mix of open pasture, oak savanna and oak woodlands since 1986. | 5992 Co Hwy T, Spring Green, located on the west side of County Road T approximately 2.5 miles south of the junction with Highway 23 out of Spring Green. Learn more here.

 

July 15 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

10:00 a.m. – Noon. The Prairie Enthusiasts Butterflies and Flowers of Schurch-Thomson Prairie Hike | Come ready to observe and identify butterflies and wild flowers of prairies and savannas. We will be hiking through the remnant and restored prairies and grasslands, savannas and woodlands, spring seep wetlands, and cold water streams and also visit the adjacent private Underwood Prairie. Dozens of mid-summer prairie flowers will be in bloom. We hope to see the rare and endangered Regal Fritillary and many other butterflies. Leaders: Rich Henderson,   tpe.rhenderson@tds.net or 608-235-4165 and Dr. Douglas Buege (SWBA).

 

July 20 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

July 22 Saturday

8-11 a.m. Dodgeville Farmer’s Market | United Methodist Church parking Lot, Church and Iowa St.  Learn more by calling Roger Stewart at (608) 345-5895.

8:30-11 a.m. Mineral Point Farmer’s Market |Water Tower Park. Learn more here.

 

July 23 Sunday

10:00 a.m. -Noon. The Prairie Enthusiasts Butterflies and Flowers of Schurch-Thomson Prairie Hike| Come ready to observe and identify butterflies and wild flowers of prairies and savannas. We will be hiking through the remnant and restored prairies and grasslands, savannas and woodlands, spring seep wetlands, and cold water streams. We will also visit the adjacent private Underwood Prairie. Dozens of mid-summer prairie owers will be in bloom, and we hope to see the rare and endangered Regal Fritillary and many other butterflies. Leaders: Rich Henderson (TPE), tpe.rhenderson@tds.net or 608-235-4165 and Dr. Douglas Buege (SWBA).

 

July 26 Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Prairie Enthusiasts Shea Prairie with Pie & Ice Cream Hike | Come explore remnants of dry prairie and restorations of wetlands and wet to mesic prairie of the 100 acre Shea Prairie. This site has undergone extensive stream and wetland resto- ration. On the hike, we are likely nd the endangered regal fritillary butter y along with many other butterfly and dragonfly species. A great diversity of high summer prairie wildflowers should be in bloom, pre-registration required. There is a limit of 18 participants. To sign up, contact Trip Leader: Rich Henderson, tpe.rhenderson@tds.net or 608-845-7065.

 

July 27 Thursday

3-6:30 p.m. Mount Horeb Farmers Market | Downtown on Main Street. Learn more here.

 

 

 

August 2017

August 10 Thursday

2 & 5:30 p.m. Solar Power Hours | Offered by UW-Extension, Driftless Area Land ISB 54.412.786Conservancy, Sustain Iowa County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Iowa County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever at the Health & Human Services Building
303 W Chapel St Dodgeville. Free and open to the public. Learn more here. 

 

August 17 Thursday

6:30 p.m. Blue Mounds Area Project Summer Gathering | Visit a MBAP member’s bluemoundsproperty for a tour and potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Tour the property of Jerome and Jackie Helmenstine, whose 305-acre property includes a mixture of oak woodlands and restored prairie enrolled in CRP and CREP. Jerome and Jackie have also worked with NRCS and Trout Unlimited on stream restoration, and actively monitor kestrels, bats, deer and other wildlife on their property. | 4785 County FF, Blue Mounds, approximately 4 miles west of Black Earth, and is located on the west side of County Road FF, between the junctions with County Road K and County Road F. Learn more here.