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!
Chapter contact: Mary "Ray" Goehring, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board representative: David Hamel, email@example.com, 608-296-2866
Facebook: Chapter page
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (www.feis-crs.org) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Jill.email@example.com.
To see complete meeting minutes, click here. Photo is of the Holiday Party taken by David Hamel.
Karner Blue Butterfly conservation
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