Prairie Sands

Prairie Sands Chapter is located in the geological center of Wisconsin in the sandy soils of ancient glacial lakes.

This region features some of the state’s premier examples of remnant dry prairies, pine barrens and oak savannas.  Research and protection for the endangered Karner blue butterfly and the greater prairie chicken is centered in this region.

The Prairie Sands chapter covers Adams, Marquette, Juneau, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, and Green Lake Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us! 

Learn more by visiting About our chapter and Sites and projects web pages. 

Chapter contact:  Mary "Ray" Goehring,

Board representative:  David Hamel,, 608-296-2866

Facebook:  Chapter page

What's New

Prescription Burn Training -- October 26 and 27 Contact Ray at for more details.

Plans for Holiday Party and Seed Exchange for Tuesday, Dec 3 are now in the works.  There will be more details to follow.

Chris Schaefer has volunteered to be our chapter Membership Coordinator.  She will be reminding you of when your TPE membership dues need to be renewed. Thank you Chris for volunteering to do this tedious but necessary job.

Field Trips

We are in the process of scheduling chapter field trips for 2019.  If you would like to have a group of us tour your property, contact Ray at

The schedule so far is:

July 21   Mecan Prairie  --  to witness the second flight of Karner blue butterflies.  Starts at 9:30 to noon and bring a picnic lunch.  Location: Mecan Prairie near Coloma, WI.  Walking in open prairie with a few mowed paths; port-a -potty on site.  Contact John Shillinglaw 920-213-8037

Past event

Photo by David HamelDecember 4th was the Annual Chapter Holiday Gathering and Seed Exchange. Twenty-four members and guests of the Prairie Sands Chapter celebrated their annual Holiday Gathering and Seed Exchange at More Healthy Foods & Cafe in Montello. TPE's Gary Eldred and Gary Adams, as well as US Fish and Wildlife's Brendan Woodall were the special guests.

While we ate delicious organic pizza, chapter members, Ben Bomkamp and Kerstyn Perrett of Nature Works LLC gave a presentation/tutorial on iNaturalist and Shelley Hamel presented information on the website: Fire Effects Information System ( which provides scholarly articles on the syntheses between fire ecology and fire regimes in the United States.

We are looking for a new volunteer for the TPE board to replace David Hamel who has been in the position for the last 5 years.  No one volunteered at the meeting, but we voted on and agreed to pay $100 for every in-person board meeting the new volunteer attends as representative of our chapter. The Board meets 8 times throughout the year -- 4 by telephone conference call and 4 in-person meetings.  If you have any interest or questions about the position contact David Hamel at

We also voted on and approved a $200 budget for a portable outdoor microphone system for chapter field trips.

Jill Schuettzpelz is our silent auction coordinator for the TPE Annual Conference on March 2.  Cathy Franks will help coordinate getting auction donations to Jill in Madison before the event.  More information will be emailed.  If you have a donation email Jill at:

To see complete meeting minutes, click here. Photo is of the Holiday Party taken by David Hamel.

Karner Blue Butterfly conservation 

Learn more about our work and funding opportunities in this blog post.