Erbe Grassland & Goplin Prairies

Come help us look for the endangered wooly milkweeds, wood lilies, and grassland birds at TPE's Erbe Grassland preserve, and the adjacent Goplin Property (200 acres in all).   This site has a population of the State Endangered woolly milkweed, which is very rare throughout its range.  We have been trying to inventory the site for this species, which is short and easily overlooked when not in bloom.  Hopefully the burns planed for the site this spring will have stimulated them to flower.  With enough people, we hope to find new plants and colonies of this very rare plant.  We will also be looking for wood lilies to assess how well they are establishing from planted seed.  This is also a great site to experience rare and uncommon grassland birds such as upland sandpipers, bobolinks, meadowlarks, Henslow’s sparrows, grasshopper sparrows, and more, so bring binoculars.  Be prepared for a long hike off trail.  We recommend long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
Difficulty: Moderate hiking (2 mile plus) over uneven terrain.
Time: 1:00 to 3:30 PM            Trip Leader:  Rich Henderson (608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net)
Directions:  Take US 18-151 west from Madison, at 1.5 miles west of Mt. Horeb, turn left (south) on Erbe Road.  Go for 0.7 miles and look for the parking lot and kiosk on right side of the road (across from quarry). 

WHEN
June 16, 2019 at 1pm - 3:30pm
WHERE
Erbe Grassland & Goplin Prairies
CONTACT
Rich Henderson · · 608-845-7065

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