The Southwest chapter covers Grant, Crawford, Richland, and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
Southwest Chapter is in the heart of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. The area contains dry hill prairies, river terrace sand and wet prairies, and oak savannas. We have many TPE-owned properties that require our care in managing and restoring. Our chapter was one of the first chapters formed, and we have a rich history!
Field trip and video viewing on July 23 Join us for showings of “Prairie Enthusiasm! Protecting our Natural Heritage” and “Mysteries of the Driftless Area” at the Boscobel Library, 1033 Wisconsin Avenue. Both videos together take about one hour. After the videos, bring lunch and join with fellow prairie enthusiasts on the West Boscobel Bald. See the field trip flier or calendar for more details.
Reptile Workshop was a success! On Saturday, May 14, the Southwest Chapter hosted a Reptile Workshop on the Jack Kussmaul property near Millville. It was conducted by Rebecca Christoffel, an expert in the field. The day began with turtles, including a two hour power point program on how to identify the various species and ways to protect them. There was also a collection of turtle shells for participants to study. The presentation on lizards did not take long, only four species living in Wisconsin. After lunch the program moved on to Wisconsin snakes. This was followed by a hike. Ideally we would have found some species. It was, however, a cold, 50 degree day so nothing was out. Dr. Christoffel showed sites where reptiles would normally be found and things that could be done to create more habitats. We arrived back at the classroom at 2:30, when the program was to have ended. The group was advised they could end it at that point but everyone was so enthusiastic about the presentation that they stayed another hour to look at the live turtles and snakes Dr. Christoffel had brought with her. All agreed it had been a great program.