The Prairie Enthusiasts

Coulee Region Chapter 
Jim Rogala,  Chapter Board Representative






Welcome to the web site of the Coulee Region Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts!

Our Mission Statement: The Coulee Region chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts was  created to protect prairie and related oak ecosystem remnants through acquisition, management and distribution of educational material.

Event:Chapter meeting and field trip
Date:Saturday May 16, 2015
Time:10:00 am
Location: UW-L, Room 301, Cowley Hall
Directions:  Campus map website
Presentation: Peter Hartman (NRCS-retired) will present a summary of his NRCS work that led to a couple of publications on two bluff prairie types in the Driftless Area. The publications are posted on TPE website. Following the presentation (at about 11:00 or so), we'll go on a field trip to look at soils and associated biotic components at a bluff prairie near La Crosse. More details. Meetings are open to the public.
Event:Chapter meeting and field trip
Date:Saturday June 20, 2015
Location: US Fish and Wildlife La Crosse District Visitor Center
Directions:  Directions can be found on the District's website
Presentation: TBD, but will likley focus on prairie planting.

Citizen Science: prairie butterflies and moths

We are hoping to add to the information on the distribution of three skippers and two moths by reporting what we find on prairies in the Coulee region. Armund Bartz gave a presentation about these at a recent meeting. Here's a video clip from a similar presentation at the 2013 Iowa Prairie Conference. The clip is about a half hour long, but critcal parts are:
4:30 - Intro to the five species
5:55 - Skipper flight periods
7:25 - Features used to identify
8:40 - Dusted Skipper (flight period starts around May 5)
14:15 - Ottoe Skipper (June 6)
18:10 - Leonard Skipper (August 1)
22:00 - Northern Flower Moth (on blazingstar and asters)
24:15 - Leadplant Flower Moth (on leadplant, of course!)
For more info on the project and reporting, contact Jim Rogala.

Educational materials

The Coulee Region Chapter has developed some educational materials for use with landowners. These materials are the very basic information that would be of interest to landowners with goat prairie remnants. Link to materials. 


See Coulee Region newsletters for information on what we do. 

Prairies we manage

Map of chapter member prairies and sites we work on.

Sugar Creek Bible Camp

The Sugar Creek Bible Camp Prairie-Savanna-Woodland Complex contains six acres of this rare dry-prairie and fourteen acres of the globally imperiled oak savanna. Over 140 plant species were recorded on the bluff prairie. Reptiles including the bull snake, blue racer, and six-lined racerunner were also recorded. In 2000, TPE entered into a 10-year agreement to manage this prairie-savanna-woodland complex. Restoration methods of controlled burning, understory thinning, and exotic species removal have provided opportunities for hands on restoration, education, increased biodiversity, and above all maintaining these ecologically important communities for present and future generations to enjoy. TPE has conducted several prescribed burns at the site, including one in 2011.

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