Land Trust Hosted Events

Dec 16, 2017

Dane Savanna Restoration, Cross Plains Reserve

Cross Plains Ice Age Scientific Reserve 9:00 AM
Hosted by Ice Age Trail Alliance. We’ll continue our multi-year project to restore oak savanna to the steep western slopes of this property. At this stage, we’re still removing invasive brush and weed trees that won’t survive the periodic fires needed to sustain a savanna plant community. Trained and properly equipped sawyers are welcome, as are those willing to haul and pile the cuttings or prefer hand tools. If you have a choice of boots, pick the pair with the best traction. Also consider microspikes or Yak Traks if conditions are icy. If we have snow cover, will burn some slash piles and cook sausage on sticks for lunch. Wear old clothing made of natural fibers (no synthetics) to work around fires. Contact leader for more details.

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Dec 16, 2017

Christmas Bird Count

Madison, WI
The National Audubon Society has been sponsoring Christmas Bird Counts across North America for more than 100 years. The goals of the Christmas Bird Count are as follows: 1) engage citizens in gathering information; 2) empower citizens to take action on behalf of places important to them and important to wildlife; 3) foster a new culture of conservation. Volunteer Citizen Scientists gather information on bird numbers over a three-week period. Observers not only note each species they encounter during their time in the field, but also how many of each species they see and the time and mileage they spend counting birds. All observations are then submitted to a nationally based science staff and reviewed by a panel of regional experts. Data sets are available to the public and researchers for review and scientific study on the National Audubon website.

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Dec 17, 2017

Dane Restoration, Brush Clearing, Springfield Hill

Springfield Hill lot 9:00 AM
Hosted by Ice Age Trail Alliance. This is the second workday of a project to remove cedar and invasive brush from part of the southern boundary along the old Highway 12 right of way, extending east to the old rectangular cement culvert. A near-term objective is to improve mowing and maintenance access uphill from the trail so that we can better control the spread of wild parsnip and the wash of seeds downhill. This work will also help prepare for establishing prairie in this area, a long-term goal. Properly trained and equipped sawyers are welcome, as are those willing to use hand tools and haul and pile the cuttings. Meet at the kiosk lot on Ballweg Rd.

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Dec 21, 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration

Kay's Ledge 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Give yourself a break from the hub bub of the holidays and join GLC at Kay’s Ledge to celebrate the Solstice! Walk or snow shoe (hopefully) along the Niagara Escarpment, venture to the field to enjoy the view of Lake Winnebago, or explore the spring fed creek in the woods below the ledge. There will be a campfire, warm beverages, and chili to end the afternoon. Look for more information on the GLC Website http://www.glaciallakes.org.

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Dec 23, 2017

Dane Young’s Prairie Restoration, T. of Montrose

Montrose South 9:00 AM
Hosted by Ice Age Trail Alliance. We’ll continue to expand the Young’s goat prairie and strengthen its connection to the planted prairie to the northeast by clearing out more invasive brush and unwanted trees. We’ll need properly trained and equipped chain sawyers, plus swampers to haul and pile the cuttings. With snow cover we’ll burn slash piles and cook lunch on the coals. Wear old clothing made of natural fiber for working near fire. Park off pavement at the Hwy D trail crossing between Bellbrook Rd & Hwy DD.

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