Glacial Prairie Chapter is in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, outside the Driftless Area. While our region lacks the hill prariies found in other chapters, we have some unique prairies associated with glacial till. Other prairies in the area include large sand prairies, some wet prairies, and the typical roadside and railroad prairies the escaped development. We work together in coops on lands of our members and partner with other organizations. We also are active during the week with schools in the area, doing presentations and planting school prairies.The Glacial Prairies Chapter covers Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth, and Waukesha Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
Board representative: Alice Mirk, firstname.lastname@example.org; 920-219-0427
Volunteer opportunities for September
State Natural Area work day
Sat, September 8th - 9am-noon
Collect seeds at Bluff Creek SNA! Come enjoy the fall flowers and help volunteers at during our monthly Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays. Pick seeds, learn something, meet knowledgeable people, and enjoy the beauty of this rich remnant prairie/wetlandin the process. We need this seed to plant areas of brush we’ve cleared and will clear in the winter. The seeds will be planted in the bare areas to encourage native grass and wildflower establishment. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.
Directions: Meet at Hickory Woods Group Camp. From Whitewater take Co Hwy P south past Hwy 12 to Hi-Lo Road. Turn right (west) and follow Hi-Lo to Hickory Woods Group Camp on the left. Google map.
What to wear: Clothes that are OK to get beat up, long pants, gloves may be helpful, sturdy footwear.
What to bring: Drinking water, scissors or pruners (optional), paper bags (optional).
Contact: We prefer you RSVP to Ginny Coburn email@example.com or 262-441-0393 if interested so weknow who to expect. But if you don’t get around to notifying, showup anyway. Call Ginny if you need direction help.
Cancellation: If the workday is cancelled due to weatherconditions, a message will be left on Ginny’s phone at 262-441- 0393 at least two hours prior to the event. If there is no cancellation message, the workday will continue as scheduled.
Adelman-Schwartz Preserve Workday
Sat, September 15th - 9am to noon
This small dry prairie on the north shore of North Lake (Walworth County) is now owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts and the management responsibility of Glacial Prairie Chapter. The site was acquired through the generous donation of Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, authors of The Midwestern Native Garden and Prairie Directory of North America. The site is located in Walworth County, in the Town of Sugar Creek (near Elkhorn). We will meet at the intersection of Blue Wing Rd. and North Lakeshore Drive. Park on Blue Wing Rd. We will be removing invasive shrubs! Wear gloves and stout boots.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity email Zach Kastern, site manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adams Birding Conservancy Funday
Sat, May 19th - 8am to noon
The Adam Birding Conservancy is a privately-held, 331 acre mix of prairie, wetlands and woods along the Bark River in Cold Spring, about three miles north of Whitewater, Wisconsin. Established in 2015, part of this e-Bird hotspot floods in the spring as the Bark River overflows its banks, creating an interesting habitat for migratory waterfowl. In addition to 166 different birds recorded on the site; pheasants, turkey, deer, coyote, otter, least weasels, zapus (jumping mice) and many other creatures call this land their home. The wet-mesic and upland prairie host a wide variety of plants, sedges and trees (135 species and counting, including too many nasty invasives.) The small woods contains a number of large burr oak; some were noted in the state's original surveying done in the 1830s.
This fun day has been planned by Dave Adam as a thank you for the many people who help and enjoy the Conservancy. It will be a bird blitz (starting at 8am) and seed picking event (starting at 10am) in the morning. Bring gloves and snips for the seed collecting if you have any! Bags will be provided. It will close with an appreciation party with Kombucha from Whitewater's own Komboocho Brewing Company, Kringle from Racine, and veggie burgers from Sunshine Burgers in Fort Atkinson. Sign up on the Adam Conservancy facebook page for this event or go to the website at www.adamconservancy.com
The physical address is N1702 Findlay Road in Whitewater, WI 53190.
If you have any questions, comments or need more information, please contact the Glacial Prairie Chapter Event Coordinator at: email@example.com.