Prairie Sands Chapter is located in the geological center of Wisconsin in the sandy soils of ancient glacial lakes. This region features some of the state’s premier examples of remnant dry prairies, pine barrens and oak savannas. Research and protection for the endangered Karner blue butterfly and the greater prairie chicken is centered in this region.
The Prairie Sands chapter covers Adams, Marquette, Juneau, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, and Green Lake Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
Seed collection opportunity
Lupine is overly abundant at the Hamel's prairie in NW Marquette County this year. If you are interested in collecting lupine seed for your restoration purposes, please contact David or Shelley Hamel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sorry, but seed is only available to our chapter members. Seed will be ready within the next two-three weeks and we will email you as the opportune time approaches with directions to the location. Check out this video (link to video) of the impressive Lupine blooms!
Mecan Prairie field trip
John Shillinglaw volunteered to host a TPE field trip at Mecan Prairie in Waushara County on August 26. Here are the particulars:
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Mecan Prairie
Description of Property:
Located in the Mecan River Priority Watershed--230 acres of land containing about 140 acres of prairie in previously farmed fields. The prairie restorations were done to create habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly and have been successful in this regard. The restorations have also benefited grassland birds (as well as many other species). Of the 13 top management priority grassland bird species in WI, 10 have nested in the restorations. There is also a 15 acre oak savanna which is under active management and seven separate wetlands, including ephemeral wetlands, a sedge meadow, cattail marsh, pond and sedge community and a large bog. At this time of year, both fall prairie grasses and flowers will create a lovely display. John Shillinglaw, the property manager, will discuss his management plans for endangered birds as well as Karner Blue Butterflies.
Difficulty or special access issues: trails are mowed to access most areas and hiking boots are best although sturdy shoes are adequate. Sand prairies can be hot, so dress appropriately.
Time: 10:00 AM to Noon
Leader Contact: John Shillinglaw email@example.com or home: 608-298-7756, or cell: 920-213-8037
Directions: From the Hwy 39 exit at Coloma take Hwy 21 east to Cty Hwy B at Richford (5 miles) and turn right. Go about ½ mile through the town of Richford and turn left on Cty Hwy JJ for about 5 miles. There is a cemetery on the right. Make a sharp right turn which almost heads you back west. This is Czech Rd. (If you reach a T intersection with Cty Hwy Y outside Dakota, you have gone too far.) Go about 3/4 mile through a wooded area, past a prairie on your left and past a wetland on the left (right next to the road). After the wetland you will see a farm lane and mail box on the right (W9902 Czech Rd). We will be parking next to an alfalfa field which is on the opposite side of the road from the mail box.