TPE Calendar

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 09:30 AM
    Swamolovers' Preserve

    Summer Shows on Swamplovers' Preserve Celebration

    June 22, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Summer Shows on Swamplovers' Preserve

    Come out and celebrate the first day of summer at this wonderful preserve that consists of remnant and restored wetlands, bluff prairie, tall grass prairie, and dry hilly oak-hickory woodland. In past years, we have observed an impressive variety of dragonflies and butterflies as we explored the different habitats. Bring binoculars (close-focusing ones work best) along with your own lunch and beverages to enjoy when we finish the trip at the bluff-top picnic shelter.

    Trip Leader: Lee Swanson, lswanson@sbcp.bank, 608-228-0743

    Directions: Travel west from Cross Plains on Hwy 14. Just outside town take County KP to the right (north), go about 1.3 mile and turn left at the Swamp Lovers sign.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 09:30 AM
    Swamplovers' Preserve

    Summer Shows on Swamplovers' Preserve: 6-22-19

    Come out and celebrate the first day of summer at this wonderful preserve that consists of remnant and restored wetlands, bluff prairie, tall grass prairie, and dry hilly oak-hickory woodland. In past years, we have observed an impressive variety of dragonflies and butterflies as we explored the different habitats. Bring binoculars (close-focusing ones work best) along with your own lunch and beverages to enjoy when we finish the trip at the bluff-top picnic shelter.

    Trip Leader: Lee Swanson, lswanson@sbcp.bank, 608-228-0743

    Directions: Travel west from Cross Plains on Hwy 14. Just outside town take County KP to the right (north), go about 1.3 mile and turn left at the Swamp Lovers sign.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Prairie Pollinators Walk

    Capture a rare glimpse of the rolling grassland and wildflowers that once carpeted much of this area on a guided walk of Borah Creek Prairie, a Wisconsin State Natural Area. Gary Eldred, a founder of The Prairie Enthusiasts, will guide participants and identify native grasses and flowers to show where prairie restoration efforts have created more habitat for pollinators such as butterflies and bees. This event is part of the Conservancy’s 2019 “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor experiences on the many nature preserves it protects for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, education, and recreation in the Driftless Area.

    Borah Creek Prairie includes 181 acres of scenic remnant prairie that was prevalent throughout the area 200 years ago. The property is a boon for native plant, bird, and butterfly enthusiasts. Grasses include big and little bluestem, Indian grass, side-oats grama, and prairie dropseed, interspersed with wildflowers such as pasque-flower, cream wild indigo, rattlesnake master, rough blazing star, yellow coneflower, bird’s-foot violet, downy gentian, and the Great Plains ladies-tresses orchid. The site has at least eight rare and protected plant species. Birders will be treated to a cacophony of grassland birds, including bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks.

    Borah Creek Prairie was discovered by local prairie enthusiast Gary Eldred, who noticed the abundance of native wildflowers on the site and worked with the landowner to manage the prairie with prescribed fire and invasive species control. Borah Creek Prairie was acquired with funding from the Wisconsin DNR's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, the property is owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts and maintained by their Southwest Wisconsin Chapter. Partners in the permanent protection of the site also include Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

    SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED (below) for this FREE event by June 19. With questions, contact Carol Labuzzetta at labuzzetta@mississippivalleyconservancy.org or call 608-784-3606 ext 7.

    WHAT TO WEAR OR BRING (optional): water, good walking shoes/sneakers/boots, binoculars, camera, bird guide book

    Sign up

    Advance registration helps us tread lightly on the land and show funders the value of our Outreach & Education programs. Thank you.

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Mounds View Grassland, Iowa Co., WI

    Reviving a Lost Prairie Landscape – Mounds View Grassland

    Come for a day of hiking across TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve.   We will see the progress being made in bringing back to life degraded remnant prairies, converting non-native cool-season grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps, and planting agricultural fields to prairie.  We will be encountering rich displays of early summer prairie flowers such as pale-purple coneflower, wild quinine, white wild indigo, white prairie clover, and others.  Along the way will also have opportunity to observe many uncommon grassland birds such as bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers, and Henslow’s sparrows, as well as butterflies and bumblebees (we will have some close-focusing binoculars available).  Be prepared for a long hike (some off trail) and occasional steep slopes. Bring a pack lunch (we’ll stop for a picnic along the way), water, hat, sun screen, long pants, and binoculars.
    Time:  9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.                  Trip leader:  Rich Henderson (608-845-7065 or tpe.rhenderson@tds.net)
    Directions:  Address is 8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld.  From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south.  Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).   (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.)

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Rettenmond Prairie

    Rettenmund Prairie Evening Walk

    Rettenmund Prairie, Dane County, Wis.

    Take an evening walk in this high-quality remnant with
    displays of butterfly milkweed, leadplant and coreopsis. Trip co-sponsored by TPE and the Madison Audubon Society.

    Trip leaders: Tom & Kathie Brock, Tdbrock@charter.net,
    608-238-5050

    Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area featuring one of the few remaining dry-mesic prairies in Wisconsin, situated on a low Driftless Area knob and ridge.
    Address: Fesenfeld Rd, Black Earth, WI 53515
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Schurch-Thomson Prairie

    Butterflies and flowers of Schurch-Thomson Prairie

    We will be hiking through the Schurch-Thomson Prairie unit of TPE’s Mounds View Grassland preserve, a 570-acre area
    that contains remnant and restored prairies and grasslands, savannas and woodlands, spring seep wetlands, and cold
    water streams.

    Directions:  Address is 8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld.  From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south.  Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).   (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.) 

     

  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Sugar River Meadowlands

    Bike Tour – Sugar River Meadowlands

    Come for a leisurely bike ride on the Military Ridge State Trail from Verona to Klevenville along the Sugar River. We will be stopping frequently along the way to learn about the valleys original wetland and prairie landscape and see and explore remnants of what still remains of these ecosystems and discuss the potential to restore the Sugar River and its associated wetlands and wet prairies along this 8 miles stretch of the river.  The ride is 16 miles round trip.

    Directions:  Meet at the intersection of South Nine Mound Rd & the Military Ridge State trail (between 408 & 421 S. Nine Mound), in Verona.  There is ample parking along S. Nine Mound Rd. Dane Co., WI

     

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Kalscheur Oak Savanna

    Kalscheur Oak Savanna

    Come look for butterflies and flowers on this 19-acre preserve.  The site was protected by TPE in 1994, and is currently managed by the Empire-Sauk Chapter.  It is topographically diverse with a south facing aspect, and is covered by scattered oak trees and prairie openings.  At the base of the slope, springs and ground water seeps flow into a stream-side wetland complex.  Past grazing left the site in rough shape, but with tree/brush removal, periodic fire, and some inter-seeding of lost prairie and savanna species, recovery is coming along nicely.  So far, 243 native plant species have been identified on site.  Culver’s root, prairie blazingstar, and many other mid-summer wildflowers should be in bloom.   Close focusing binoculars are recommended for butterfly viewing.  Be prepared for off trail hiking.

    Directions:  From the Village of Hollandale in southeastern Iowa Co, take County Road K south from Hwy 39 for 2.44 miles.  Look for a small TPE sign on the left (northeast) side of the road.  Note: the preserve entrance is ¼ mi past the bridge over Olson Creek on County K.  Parking is along the road, be sure to park at least 3 ft off pavement.  We will be hiking in from there.

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 09:30 AM
    John Shillinglaw's Mecan Prairie

    WITNESS THE SECOND FLIGHT OF THE ENDANGERED KARNER BLUE BUTTERFLY

    JULY 21 – WITNESS THE SECOND FLIGHT OF THE ENDANGERED KARNER BLUE BUTTERFLY

    WHO:      John Shillinglaw's Mecan Prairie

    WHEN:    July 21

    TIME:      9:30AM – NOON – bring a picnic lunch and a kayak and John can tell you where to put in on the Mecan River or Mecan Springs

    WHERE:  Mecan Prairie, Waushara County, near Coloma, Wi --

    WHAT:   Witness the Second Flight of the Endangered Karner Blue Butterflies

    SIGHT CONDITIONS:  Prairie has a few mowed paths; port-a-potty. Wear hiking shoes and bring your own water, binocular and kayaks or canoes.

    DIRECTIONS:   Near Richford in Waushara Cty, about 1 and 1/2 hours from Madison.

     Directions to Mecan Prairie from Hwy 39 at Coloma:

    Go east on Hwy 21 at Coloma for 5 miles to Richford where you turn right on Hwy B heading south.  Go through Richford on B nine tenths of a mile, then turn left on Hwy JJ heading east.  Go 4.3 miles on JJ and you will see a cemetery on the right.  Here you make a very sharp right turn onto Czech Rd. almost heading back west.  (If you reach a stop sign on JJ, you have gone too far.)  Go about ¼ mile on Czech Rd. and you come out of a woods and see a prairie on the left.  This is part of Mecan Prairie.  My phone # is 920-213-8037.  My car is a blue Subaru Outback which should be parked on the road.

    CONTACT:  John Shillinglaw,920-213-8037  jshillinglaw@gmail.com  .  The location could be described as near Richford in Waushara Cty, about 1 and 1/2 hours from Madison and I would send detailed info to participants.

    Photo 1 Karner Blue Butterfly with hand on Lupine 2018 Mecan Prairie photo by S. Schillinglaw

    Photo 2 John Schillinglaw in lupine at Mecan prairie 2018 Photo by S. Schillinglaw  

     

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Gays Mills Lion's Shelter in Gays Mills, WI

    TPE Summer Picnic 2019

    Come visit the Southwest Chapter who are hosting the 2019 All Chapter Summer Picnic being held in Gays Mills, WI. 

    10:00 AM TPE's Board of Directors meetings

    12:00 PM Summer Potluck Picnic- bring a dish to share & cutlery

    1:00 PM Membership Meeting & Chapter Updates

    2:30 PM Tour of Iris Drive, located 2 miles away

    4:30 PM End of Tour