Glacial Prairie Chapter is in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, outside the Driftless Area. While our region lacks the hill prairies 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
State Natural Area work day
Saturday, March 9 - 9 am to noon
Enjoy the weather and cut up buckthorn at the springs of Bluff Creek SNA. Keep the brush cutting magic going during our monthly Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays on the second Saturday and enjoy the beauty of this wetland and oak opening area in the process. Buckthorn can spread and shade out uncommon plants at this site. Bring a bag lunch to eat together afterwards. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.
Directions: Lone Tree parking lot. From Whitewater take Co Hwy P south past Hwy 12 about 2.5 miles and turn left on Esterly road. Travel a short distance and park on the parking lot on the east side of the road. Overflow parking along the road. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/eqBqM
What to wear: Dress for the weather and wear clothes that are OK to get beat up, gloves (we will have extra), sturdy footwear, safety glasses (we will have extra).
What to bring: Loppers (optional), bag lunch (optional)
If the workday is cancelled due to weather conditions, a message will be left at 262-441-0393 at least two hours prior to the event. If there is no cancellation message, the workday will continue as scheduled.
Contact: If you are interested please contact Ginny Coburn at email@example.com or 262-441-0393. But if you don’t get around to notifying, come anyway.
Adams Birding Conservancy Workday
Saturday, March 16 - 9am 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.
On this workday we will be chainsawing and clearing more of the area the bur oaks and hickory need to thrive. Dress accordingly and bring your chain saws if you have them!
The physical address is N1702 Findlay Road in Whitewater, WI 53190.
Willow Brook Work Day
Sat, March 23rd - 9am to noon
As the cold weather carries us into Spring, we will be back to buckthorn control! There are some large ones to take down so be prepared to haul branches and have a bonfire. Wear clothes that can get beat up, bring protective head gear, boots and gloves. Be prepared to have fun!
Address: N46 W28737 Willow Brook Court, Hartland WI 53029
For more information or questions about this workday call Michelle at 262-367-7640 .
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BURN SCHOOL AT UW-WAUKESHA FIELD STATION! APRIL 6TH
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If you have any questions, comments or need more information, please contact the Glacial Prairie Chapter Event Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.