Pleasant Valley Conservancy, Dane County, Wis.
Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful state natural area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high-quality marsh. This time of year we hope to see Baltimore checkerspots, wetland skippers, swallowtails, silvery checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year. Long pants, a hat, water, hiking shoes, and close-focusing binoculars are recommended. If you would like, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip; beverages and dessert will be provided. Once on Pleasant Valley Road, drive past the buildings on the right to the state natural area sign; please park off the road near the sign. This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and The Prairie Enthusiasts and Madison Audubon Society.
Trip leaders: Doug Buege, Tom & Kathie Brock, Tdbrock@charter.net, 608-238-5050
Directions: From the west side of Madison, take US 14 to County F at the Village of Black Earth. Turn left (south) at the traffic light (Shoe Box Corner). Follow County F through and out of the village; continue for about 5 miles to Pleasant Valley Road (enters from left). Continue on Pleasant Valley Road to Fire Number 4609 and park on the right (south) side near the driveway.
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4609 Pleasant Valley Rd WI 53515
Black Earth, WI 53515
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