Sites and projects
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jack Kussmaul’s land 10725 County Hwy C, Woodman. WI
Fee: $20 per person, includes lunch
Contact: Jack Kussmaul 608 988-4309
Learn how to identify and find the reptiles on your land so you can consider them in your land management plans and activities! We’ll spend the morning (2 hours) in the classroom, learning how to identify Wisconsin’s turtles, lizards and snakes. In the afternoon (2 hours), we’ll be in the field, learning about and conducting surveys for reptiles.
Biosketch for Dr. Rebecca Christoffel: Rebecca runs a non-profit (Snake Conservation Society) dedicated to changing snakes in the public’s imagination and a business (Christoffel Conservation) dedicated to helping landowners and professionals manage land with reptiles, amphibians and other lesser-known and less well-appreciated wildlife in mind. Rebecca has a B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UW-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Prior to her return to Madison, she was a faculty member and State Wildlife Extension Specialist in Iowa.
Please RSVP to Jack or Rose Sime 608 831-9297 by May 7th. A confirmation and further instructions about the day will be sent. If you have special dietary needs, please advise at the time you reserve your place. Payment will be made on site.
Join your TPE friends to learn about the reptiles!
Thomas Wet Prairie
Castle Rock Township. Purchased in 1988. This is the first remnant prairie purchased by The Prairie Enthusiasts. A 13.5 acre wetland prairie with extensive sedges and other wetland plants. It abuts the Fennimore Branch of the Blue River (Castle Rock Creek). Site page
Bush Clover Prairie
Mt. Ida. Purchased in 1989. 3 acre dry-mesic prairie with many species including Compass-Plant, Rough Blazing-star and Downy Phlox.
Near Lancaster. Purchased in 2001. 45 acres located on a low ridge with a dry-mesic quality and somewhat sandy soil. About 2/3 of the site faces south and the remaining 1/3 north. The site has over 55 species including such rarities as cream gentian, wild quinine and tall nut rush.
Near Boscobel. Easement granted in 2004. 35 acres of goat prairie and oak woodland. It includes 3 balds- steep, rocky bluff prairies on sandstone and some limestone. More than 80 native plant species featuring Upland Boneset, Great Plains Lady's Tresses, Butterfly Milkweed, Prairie Indian Plantain, Prairie Dropseed and large areas of oak barrens and bur and white oak savanna. It also hosts a variety of native snakes.
Borah Creek Prairie
Near Fennimore. In 2009 The Prairie Enthusiasts, Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Driftless Area Land Conservancy with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service procured this site. Designated a WI State Natural Area in 2009. 140 acres of dry prairie with WI's third largest population of Prairie Bush-Clover. Surveys of this property have recorded over 500 different plants including Woolly Milkweed, Prairie Indian-Plantain, Hill’s Thistle, Wild Quinine, and Prairie Turnip. Grassland birds using the area include upland sandpiper, eastern kingbird, brown thrasher, dickcissel, eastern meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow, and bell’s vireo.
Double Oaks Savanna
Near Millville. Gifted to TPE by Alice and Walter Mirk in 2012. 23 acres of remnant and restored prairie, oak savanna and oak woodland. The rugged terrain is home to a number of rare species including Purple Milkweed, Prairie Indian Plantain, Jeweled Shooting Star, Pickerel Frog and Prairie Ring-Necked Snake.
Near Lancaster. Purchased in 2013. 3 acres of remnant. Though small, it contains a large number of species on land never cultivated, pastured, or sprayed.
Sylvan Road Prairie
Near Dodgeville. Purchased in 2014. Ninety nine acres of oak woods, wet prairie, and riparian scrub/young forest. The wet prairie consists of wet mesic prairie, wet prairie, and sedge meadow. This area is the gem of this parcel and contains a number of species rarely found in Wisconsin, including Rattlesnake master, Yellow-headed fox sedge, and Prairie gray sedge. Prairie Indian plantain, a threatened species, is also found in this community.