Conservancy Days: Jumping worms - a new creepy crawly in Middleton
Thursday, April 20
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Due to wet weather and high winds forecasted for Thursday evening, this program has been relocated to Clark Street Community School, 2429 Clark St, Middleton. See you there!
Orchid Heights Park, 3960 Valley Ridge Road, Middleton
Free and open to the public
Don’t miss this high-energy, hands-on program about these active worms!
Jumping worms reproduce at alarming rates, their cocoons survive winter, and they have insatiable appetites, devouring the duff layer of a forest floor faster than any other earthworm. Contrary to popular belief about worms, in the wild they leave compacted soil with few nutrients and a difficult environment for native forest plants and trees to grow. Invasive worm specialist, Bernadette Williams from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will lead a worm hunt in the park and discuss history, fun facts, and lots of tips and tricks to help keep this unwanted species out of places that are still jumping worm-free. Bad weather back up plans will be announced here if needed.
RSVPs appreciated to: email@example.com
Saturday, June 24th
Orchid Heights Park, Middleton
Come join us for our third annual, Prairie Chase Run/Walk "FUNdraiser" for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.
Register now! www.prairiechase.com
2017 Restoration Workdays
Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish. Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).
Regular workdays are 9 am to noon on the third Saturday of each month:
Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)
The Friends also sponsor special workdays to focus on emerging issues. Announcements are sent out to the Restoration and Management list. If you’d like to be added to the list, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!
Janet Kane, Jim Loving & Forrest Weesner, Restoration & Management Co-chairs
2017 will be another challenging year. The Board of the Friends is asking for members and others to consider the continuing (and changing) needs for support, apart from the financial support you give.
If you have time or energy or interests or skills to share, you can make a difference and help us do a better job in several areas:
A. Administrative support work
1. Membership records
2. Financial records
3. Website management
B. Board/Committee work
1. Restoration and Management - including work with prairies, wetlands, and forestry
2. Development and Marketing
If you think you might have a place, please let us know by contacting any other board member or the Governance Committee Chair, Lyman Wible (email@example.com).
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
See our latest videos made by board member Dale Klubertanz
Check out our brochure for ways to get involved!
Kids for the Earth
Interested in presenting environmental topics for K-12 students visiting the conservancy? You can volunteer or join our paid naturalist staff - see our brochure or visit our Kids for the Earth page for details and contact information.
Through the support of members and volunteers, the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy have helped restore, protect and promote acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands and savanna. Land that has been recovered from former farmland, unprotected wetlands and grazed savannas is now lovingly managed as urban wilderness through the efforts of the Friends to avail these native plant communities to wildlife and human visitors alike.
Over the years, through their contributions and as volunteers, hundreds of Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy members have supported the restoration and education efforts and activities that have availed the Conservancy wilderness area to classroom students and teachers. Middleton Cross Plains District and neighboring school districts have joined forces in providing these essential collaborations that open up the four walls of art & science classrooms to the real natural world of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The Friends' Education Committee and Restoration & Management Committee have funded naturalists and programming to bring the student to these outside protected spaces as they become attuned to their connection and belonging to the wilderness environment, reflected in the native plant communities and wildlife in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.
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