Environmental Action and Resource Calendar

for the greater Iowa County area

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January 20 Sunday

1 – 4 p.m. Tree/Brush/Slash Removal at Kalscheur Oak Savanna | This small gem
harbors 212 native plant species associated with remnant dry prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow, including a population of the rare Hill’s thistle, a state-threatened species. Help site steward Pat Handrick and crew clear trees and brush and prepare the site for burn season. | What to Wear/Bring:  Bring gloves and appropriate clothing for working outside in brushy conditions with occasional thorns. Loppers and clippers will be provided, but if you have favorite tools, please screen shot 2019-01-17 at 9.26.50 ambring them along. Experienced chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but safety chaps and head, ear and eye protection are required. | Directions to Site: From Hollandale, drive 2 miles south on CTH K. Watch for cars parked along the road near 596 County Road K – this is the neighbors’ house across the street from the TPE access easement. Park as far as possible off the road. Look for the Prairie Enthusiasts sign at the start of the access easement next to the highway.  Head downhill from there, following the cleared corridor and the Prairie Enthusiasts signs.  At the bottom of the hill, cross the footbridge, then you should be able to see and hear the workers on the site. | Work Party Coordinator: Amy Staffen,, (h) 608.238.0450
7 pm Super-Blood-Wolf Moon Hike The Prairie Enthusiasts Empire/Sauk Chapter host a night hike under the light of a Super Full Moon. This happens when the moon is at its closest to the earth and results in the moon being 6% larger and 16% brighter than the average full moon. This will also be the first full moon of the year, which is called a Wolf Moon.  To top it off, there will also be a full lunar eclipse that night (starting at 8:36 PM and maxing at 11:12 PM). This is called a Blood Moon due the blood red color that the moon will become.  The forecast is for 70% clear skies, so it looks promising for good viewing.  It will be cold, so dress warmly.  Forecast is for 10 degrees dropping to 5, and windchill down to -5 degrees, but we should be able to find a spot out of the wind.  If we are luckily, we may even hear coyotes and owls calling. | 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, for F turns to the right & the straight ahead becomes County Z. Stay on F.| Contact: Rich Henderson; 608.845.7065 if you have questions.


January 31 Thursday

7 pm  Wetlands Restoration Lecture offered as the first of 3 The Blue Mounds dsc00745_optArea Project Conservation Conversations 2019. Patricia Trochlell, WI Master Naturalist instructor and retired WDNR Wetlands Ecologist, will describe techniques that you can use in your wetlands from simple improvements to full-scale restoration. | At Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culver’s Restaurant). | Learn more here.  



February 6, Wednesday

7 pm Monthly garden club presentation. Topic to be announced. |Stonefield Apartments, 403 E. Madison St., Dodgeville.

February 9, Saturday

11 am Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate Lobby joint meeting. First hour focuses on local environmental issues. Second hour is an online meeting with CCL chapters around the world. | The Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns St., Dodgeville. To learn more here .


February 14, Thursday

7 pm  Oak Savanna Restoration Lecture offered as the second of 3 Conservation img_4745Conversations sponsored by The Blue Mounds Area Project. Nate Fayram, WDNR State Natural Areas Manager will present on managing oak savannas and woodlands in the Driftless Area, including common techniques, their appropriate tools and application, and troubleshooting common problems. | At Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culver’s Restaurant). | Learn more here.


February 28, Thursday

7 pm Prairie Restoration Lecture offered as the third of 3 Conservation neil-diboll-in-liatris-aspera-by-fine-gardening-2001Conversations sponsored by The Blue Mounds Area Project . Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery will share “Five Steps for Successful Prairie Establishment,” a guide to doing it right the first time.| At Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culver’s Restaurant). | Learn more here.




March 2, Saturday

8 am Celebrate our native prairie at the 32 Annual Prairie Enthusiast Conference – screen shot 2019-01-13 at 2.37.19 pmThis year’s theme: IDENTIFICATION, CONSERVATION, AND FUN! Presentations on grassland sparrows, sedges and rare plants found in our area. A session on managing invasive plants! Stay for The Prairie Enthusiasts annual all-chapter banquet after the conference. The entire day enables you to network and meet up with old friends. | Off-Broadway Banquet Center Menomonie, Wisconsin | Learn more here .