This calendar contains most of the TPE-wide events (e.g., many of the field trips), but is not complete for all chapter events (e.g., some work parties, some field trips). Please check chapter webpages or contact chapters directly for more events. Hope to see you at an event soon!
Enjoy a late summer evening hike through areas at various stages of restoration to high quality remnant ridge prairies that have been managed for over 40 years. TPE holds an easement on this privately owned site. There should be multiple species of gentian, goldenrod and asters flowering as well as lady tresses orchids in bloom. You are welcome to bring your dinner (arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 PM) and eat at the tables in the shelter. Dessert will be provided after the tour. Join us and enjoy dessert in the twilight!
Land Trust Days event!
Time: 6 to 8 PM Trip Leader: Doug Steege 608-213-9641.
Directions: 4987 Reeve Road, Black Earth WI, Park along the road and walk in. From Black Earth, take Co KP west, then south on Co F a few yards, then right on Fessenfeld Rd to Reeve Rd. Turn left onto Reeve and you will find the conservancy on the right. OR from Mazomanie, take Hwy 14 west to Co K, left on Co KK, and then left on Reeve Rd.
Warm season grasses and late summer blooming species such as asters, blazingstars, gentians and sunflowers will be on display along the old railroad right-of-way at this time of year. Learn more at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=184.
Meet at the bike trail crossing on Hwy J in Rockland
TPE placed a conservation easement on this property in 2018. Come see the results of management efforts to enhance and enlarge these privately-owned hill prairies. Species in bloom should include asters (silky, aromatic, smooth, sky-blue, and heath), Rough blazing-star, False boneset, Rough false foxglove, and Goldenrods. There are also prairie plantings on the lower slopes to see. The hike will require a moderately steep hike (an ATV trip could shorten the hike for some). If possible, please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.
Directions: Meet at W603 Kirkeng Road in eastern La Crosse County. From Rockland, take Hwy J south 3.2 miles from the I-90 overpass to Kirkeng Road (on the right). The bridge on Hwy J is currently under repair, so call the trip leader prior to the hike to see if the road is open.
This is a premier prairie invertebrate site and the focus of this hike will be on the last prairie skipper of the season-the Leonard’s skipper.
Learn how to find and identify the last prairie skipper of the season-the Leonard’s skipper. The Leonard’s skipper is one of two prairie grass dependent skippers that is still common enough to be found and considered for management. We will hopefully see this skipper, learn the look-a-likes, and potentially see other exciting remnant dependent species like the northern flower moth (Schinia septentrionalis) that is known from only 3 WI sites. Other topics to see and discuss include how this site is “micro-managed” to maintain prairie invertebrates and reptiles, as well as native plant landscaping for the butterflies, bees, and birds.
Moore Hill Road prairie is a 12-acre privately-owned high-quality remnant in NE Iowa that is only 13 miles from DeSoto, WI. This is a premier prairie invertebrate site with many species documented including Dusted, Ottoe (only 4 WI sites), and the Common Roadside skipper, Columbine Duskywing, Juniper and Hickory Hairstreaks, Northern Flower moth, Leadplant Flower moth, 2 leadplant underwing moths, Fitch’s Elephanthopper (only 4 WI sites), Rusty patched bubble bee and many yet to discover!
Almost no difficult hiking is required for this field trip as the remnant comes right up to a gravel road and to the edge of the owner’s yard. Bring binoculars and a chair or stool if interested in photographs/observation of butterfly behavior. If folks are interested, the group or a sub-set may climb to the top of the bluff and explore a new parcel recently purchased by the landowner.
Directions: 2515 Moore Hill Road, New Albin, IA. From Lansing, IA: Take Hwy 26 north toward New Albin for about 6 miles then turn LEFT on Spring Valley Drive, then turn RIGHT on Cedar Hill Road (at top of hill), then turn left on Desert Road (at bottom of hill), then follow for about 1.5 miles to address above (Dessert Road turns into Moore Hill Road). From New Albin, IA: take Hwy 26 south toward Lansing for about 4 miles. Turn RIGHT on Blackhawk Road (after crossing Upper Iowa river bridge), then a left on Pine Tree Road, and then stay to the right on Desert Road, then follow for about 1.5 miles to address above.
Join us on a train ride and prairie and forest walks with experts in birding, forestry, and prairie management. September 14, 7 a.m. to noon. This is a fund-raiser for the TPE-CSC. $25 for members, $35 for non-members. More information is on our Facebook page and in this flyer.