2021 Annual Meeting & Picnic

There couldn’t have been a more idyllic scene for The Prairie Enthusiasts picnic and annual meeting.  Basking in the glow of a perfect summer day, members gathered on Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station at Waukesha to learn and celebrate together.  There was a palpable energy, a feeling of hope permeating the day, given all that has been accomplished in the past year. After a year of working independently in the field under COVID-19 restrictions, it was a welcome day of celebration. This day was all about reconnecting our prairie community through conversation, sharing, education and the passion that is at the heart of all we do.

Professor Teresa Schueller, Director of UWM at Waukesha Field Station (left) and St. Croix Valley Chapter member and TPE board representative Evanne Hunt (right) (Photo by Caleb DeWitt)

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Rare Plant Success Stories

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”  William Feather

People who are passionate about prairie restoration are a rare breed. However, as the number of these prairie warriors grow, so too will the numbers of successfully grown rare and endangered plants in our states.  We recently heard about some tiny successes with rare plants on a small farm in Illinois that are huge reasons for celebration.

Wood Lily blooming - Photo by Rickie Rachuy

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Effect of Wild Parsnip Removal on Black Swallowtails

Very often in the world of prairie restoration, there are differences of opinion on the 'best' way to improve a piece of land. After receiving the question below, Dan Carter wrote a reply that we felt would be helpful to share with everyone.

 

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Blue Sky Botany - June

Botanist and early TPE member Rob Baller created this series for our friends at Blue Mounds Area Project. The "blue sky" technique is Rob's favorite for taking stunning plant photographs. Let him know what you think at [email protected].

ALWAYS get permission from the property owner if you want to try this technique.

 

 

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Blue Sky Botany - May

Botanist and early TPE member Rob Baller created this series for our friends at Blue Mounds Area Project. The "blue sky" technique is Rob's favorite for taking stunning plant photographs. Let him know what you think at [email protected].

ALWAYS get permission from the property owner if you want to try this technique.

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Remembering Tom Brock

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime TPE member Tom Brock. A true champion for prairies, Tom was also an accomplished microbiologist. Take a look at these remembrances that have been shared everywhere from our own Prairie Promoter to The New York Times.

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Seed and Plant Sources

Here is a partial list of Wisconsin native plant nurseries.  Do you have a favorite source?

Wi native plant nurseries

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Blue Sky Botany - April

Botanist and early TPE member Rob Baller created this series for our friends at Blue Mounds Area Project. The "blue sky" technique is Rob's favorite for taking stunning plant photographs. Let him know what you think at [email protected].

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The Parsnip Predator: Handy and Homegrown

If you're not familiar with the Parsnip Predator, you're missing out!

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2021 Photo Contest Winners

A conference tradition continues! The online format of our 2021 conference let TPE's amazing photographers show off their work to more people than ever. Read on to see who won.

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