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
Chapter Work days.
If you have any questions, comments or need more information, please contact the Glacial Prairie Chapter Event Coordinator at: email@example.com.
State Natural Area work day
Sat, May 12th - 9am-noon
See what’s blooming in the southern kettles. Come enjoy spring weather and help volunteers during our monthly Southern Kettle Moraine SNA workdays on the second Saturday. Enjoy a short hike and find blooming flowers. We may split up and travel to different sites (Clover Valley Fen, Whitewater Oak Opening, etc.) depending on weather conditions. Activities may be girdling aspen, spraying garlic mustard, or cutting and piling brush. All to improve the quality of these great sites. No skills needed you will be trained onsite.
Directions: Bluff Creek parking lot. From Whitewater take Co Hwy P south past Hwy 12 about 2 miles and park on the parking lot on the west side of the road before Bluff Creek or across the road in the fisheries parking lot. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/eqBqM
What to wear: Dress for the weather and the outdoors. We strongly encourage boots/sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and clothes that can get wear and tear.
What to bring: Gloves, safety glasses (we will have extra)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-441-0393. But if you don’t get around to notifying, come anyway!
Adams Birding Conservancy Workday
Sat, May 19th - 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.
The physical address is N1702 Findlay Road in Whitewater, WI 53190.
We will be girdling trees and spraying thistle, so bring back pack sprayers if you have them, and chainsaws for girdling. Boots, gloves, long sleeves and safety glasses are recommended.
SAVE THE DATE! JULY 28th for the Chapter Annual Picnic and Hike
We are planning a hike in the morning in the Kettle Moraine area down by Palmyra, followed by a luncheon gathering at The Trout House, a fabulous restaurant on the edge of Palmyra. We will be sending out a separate invitation closer to the date but wanted all our followers and volunteers to save the date. There will be plenty of time to visit and talk prairies and savannas, children are welcome and they can even fish for their own trout at Rushing Waters which is part of the restaurant complex. Please plan on joining us!