Come look for butterflies and flowers on this 19-acre preserve. The site was protected by TPE in 1994, and is currently managed by the Empire-Sauk Chapter. It is topographically diverse with a south facing aspect, and is covered by scattered oak trees and prairie openings. At the base of the slope, springs and ground water seeps flow into a stream-side wetland complex. Past grazing left the site in rough shape, but with tree/brush removal, periodic fire, and some inter-seeding of lost prairie and savanna species, recovery is coming along nicely. So far, 243 native plant species have been identified on site. Culver’s root, prairie blazingstar, and many other mid-summer wildflowers should be in bloom. This is a joint trip of The Prairie Enthusiasts and the Southern WI Butterfly Association (SWBA). Close focusing binoculars are recommended for butterfly viewing. Be prepared for off trail hiking.
Time: 10:00 AM to Noon. Trip leaders: Rich Henderson (TPE) (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-845-7065).& Dan Sonnenberg (SWBA)
Directions: From the Village of Hollandale in southeastern Iowa Co, take County Road K south from Hwy 39 for 2.44 miles. Look for a small TPE sign on the left (northeast) side of the road. Note: the preserve entrance is ¼ mi past the bridge over Olson Creek on County K. Parking is along the road, be sure to park at least 3 ft off pavement. We will be hiking in from there.