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We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our May - October meetings will be a variety of field trips, conducted outdoors at different locations each month. Check our Calendar of Events for more details.
The November - April (excluding December) meetings are indoors at the following time and location: WHEN: 10:00 am, 2nd Saturdays, WHERE: South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, at S91W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle, WI.
Other Events In SE Wisconsin
Jul 12, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Prairie and Savanna at the home of Jacki Lewis and Dick Adduci
Jacki (Lewis) and Dick (Adduci) live on a 35-acre parcel that they are actively restoring to prairie and oak savanna, with remnants of the original oak savanna and a corner on Jericho Creek in the Mukwonago River system. Two acres of open prairie was planted over 20 years ago, with sections of both mid- and tall-grass. About 10 acres of oak savanna restoration are well underway, with serious buckthorn removal begun on the remaining 20 acres, so it will be possible to see a variety of stages, and techniques, of the process.
Aug 09, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Native Gardens at the Home Kathleen Renowdan
When Kathleen moved to Delavan, she realized that her lot was perfect for a prairie garden in sunny areas, as well as a woodland edge garden in shadier spots. Within only a few years, she created a beautiful native landscape that attracted wide praise and was featured in the Walworth Sunday newspaper last summer. She continues to add new plants and expand her original gardens. She’ll share what she’s learned about which plants play well with others and which are "bullies", siting preferences, repositioning, and the challenges of trying to achieve the look of a mature garden in a short time.
Sep 06, 2014 (Sat)
Special Meeting: Monarch Tagging Program with Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Wild Ones members and Rock County Conservationists will gather at Larry and Emily Scheunemann’s home in Whitewater to tag Monarch Butterflies. A presentation will be given explaining the migration and why there is such a small population of butterflies presently. Adults and children alike will be able to participate in tagging Monarchs. The Scheuenmann’s have created a Monarch Wayside Station and have landscaped their 30- acre property to attract wildlife of all types. Due to the enthusiasm of last year’s participants, this event is being held again this year.
Sep 13, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of Landscaping at the Home of Heidi and Daniel Natura
Heidi Natura is a landscape architect with an ecological focus and expertise in the application of native flora who has been practicing her profession in the Chicago region over the last 24 years. In 1999, she and her husband, Daniel, found a second home in Eagle where their family spends most of their weekends. They have been restoring prairie, oak-hickory savanna and woods that range from dry to wet in hydrology. The property has many small remnant plant communities that they are expanding upon. Invasive and other weedy species will dominate the ground plain for the foreseeable future, but a multi-year stewardship strategy helps to prioritize how time is spent to encourage native plant communities to re-establish and thrive. See this restoration in progress on this tour with Heidi.
Oct 11, 2014 (Sat)
Tour of the Palmyra Environmental Learning Center with “Prairie Bob”
At Palmyra Environmental Learning Center, you can explore restored short grass prairies, a cedar glade, a restored swamp, and ongoing projects like an oak opening and the understory/ground layer of a southern mesic hardwood forest. This is a site where K=8 students from southeastern Wisconsin can come and learn about many facets of the out-of-doors. “Prairie Bob” Ahrenhoerster, the lead naturalist at the center and the owner/operator of Prairie Seed Source nursery, will give this tour.
Nov 08, 2014 (Sat)
Native Restoration for Homeowners
Corrine Daniels, director of Applied Ecological Services, Brodhead, WI, will discuss planning, cost-control, implementation, plants versus seeds, species selection, and maintenance of native landscapes. The talk will focus on small-scale and mid-size (5-10 acre) restorations suitable for homeowners.
Jan 10, 2015 (Sat)
Helping the Land with the Help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has many programs to help people help the land. Greg Igl, NRCS Area Resource Conservationist serving the Southeastern Wisconsin, will discuss conservation practices and programs that benefit native habitats, pollinators and wildlife. Learn about financial assistance programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other easement programs that may benefit you or the land around you.
Feb 14, 2015 (Sat)
Managing Habitat for Amphibians and Reptiles
This program will be presented by Dr. Joshua Kapfer, a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® and Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Josh will speak about various topics related to managing habitat for amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on species in southeastern Wisconsin. The majority of his research to date has centered on amphibians and reptiles. He is primarily interested in wildlife ecology and conservation with an emphasis on habitat selection, management and spatial ecology.
Mar 14, 2015 (Sat)
The Benefits of Shoreline Landscaping with Native Plants
Beverly Saunders, a senior specialist with a focus in biology at the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) will present this program. A major part of Beverly’s lake planning activities is encouraging the development of “vegetative buffers” along the shorelines of waterways and lakes. Buffers, which are generally a strip of native plantings used to stabilize the shoreline and provide the surface waters protection from polluted runoff, are instrumental to creating healthy lakes and rivers not only in terms of water quality but also in terms of sustaining wildlife. This talk will focus on the benefits of these native buffers in terms of lake and river health in general, as well as provide brief guidance on the various ways these buffers can be installed. In addition, a list of native plants that can be used in buffer construction will be provided.
Apr 11, 2015 (Sat)
Terrestrial Invasive Plants and Invasive Worms
Terrestrial invasives are beautiful, prolific, and hard to kill and that’s just the plants. The relationship above and below ground is poorly understood, though when you start looking at the soil and what’s crawling around you’ll see the world in a whole new way! Learn more than you ever wanted to know about the plants you never thought were weeds and the worms you thought were your friends. Bernie Williams, the ‘worm person’ for the Wisconsin DNR Forestry Division, Forest Health, will present this program. Bernie is researching the relationship between the spread of terrestrial invasive plants and the presence of invasive worms this program. If you have one; odds are you’ll have the other!
May 09, 2015 (Sat)
Tour at suburban home of Denay Trybowski
Edible landscaping, woodland natives displayed under suburban tree canopies, rescued Carrion vine transplanted to take over a shaded trellis, spring ephemerals coming and going, sun-loving prairie species late-breaking through the spring soil – these are just a few samples of native plantings integrated into a typical suburban lot at Denay’s Whitewater residence which, 10 years ago, was mostly lawn. Each year, Denay , a retired Dance Instructor in the Physical Education Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, adds a few native forbs, and removes a few non-native plants to her compost bin. Of her favorite spring bloomers is a curbside border of Blue Woodland Phlox, resurrecting itself after 8 winters of accumulated salt and sand dumped by city snow plows. Denay’s biggest suburban yard challenge – saving enough sunny ground to grow her own food. Following this tour, we’ll also visit the nearby native prairie display garden out at the Effigy Mounds Preserve.
Jun 13, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Northey Farm’s Prairies & Woodlands
The Northey family farm, formerly a dairy, hog & crop farm, was converted to a prairie of 20 acres and a hardwood woodlot of 30 acres in 1988. The conversion was accomplished with the help of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Several members of the family continue to spend much of their time managing these native plant communities. The family was inspired to “go native” after some family members attended Wild Ones’ seminars in Milwaukee & Madison and heard talks by Lorrie Otto, a founder of Wild Ones. The Northey family has invited Wild Ones members to enjoy a brown-bag lunch on the premises after the tour of their prairies and woodlots
Jul 11, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Eagle Nature Trail with Jean Weedman
Eagle Nature Trail, linking the Eagle Elementary School to the Alice Baker Memorial Public Library, is a community, all-volunteer and educational project that engages students, local organizations, and adults in the creation and maintenance of a walking path, a prairie, a woodland and pond area. With a theme of "Educating and Engaging", the trail's mission is to educate about native plants, prairie ecosystems, pond habitat, native woodlands, and controlling invasives. The trail was the recipient of the 2014 Virginia M. Kline Award for Community-Based Ecological Restoration, an award program that is administered by Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum in collaboration with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Aug 08, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the prairie at the home of Judith Ann & Jim Moldenhauer
The Moldenhauers’ friend, the late Richard Barloga, a well-known naturalist in the Milwaukee area, helped them establish their 2-acre prairie in the fall of 1997. It is a native tall grass prairie that Richard took great delight in, as it looked so natural in their undulating acreage around the home. The Moldenhauers love watching the flowing color changes throughout the year. The prairie is a magnet for birds; hence the name for which they’ve named their property, Birdhaven. They were joyous this last summer when they noticed they had more cream gentian, a state threatened species, blooming in their dry prairie. After our visit to the Moldenhauers, we’ll be visiting a nearby property for a “Help-Me visit” to help identify plants and give landscaping tips to the owners.
Aug 30, 2015 (Sun)
Special Meeting: Hummingbird Banding at Home of Larry & Emily Scheunemann
Sep 05, 2015 (Sat)
Special Meeting: Monarch Tagging at Home of Larry and Emily Scheunemann
Sep 12, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the property of Mary & Peter King
The six acre King property was part of the farm for the Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. It served as a life stock grazing area as well as their garbage dump. When the Kings purchased the property 23 years ago, they removed the cattle guards and monitored the grazed fields. After a burn, they were happy to see Golden Alexander, Rosin weed, Blue -eyed Grass, Prairie Dock and Monarda appear. It has been a very slow process but much of the property is beginning to look like a prairie and the small woodland is no longer dominated with buckthorn and honeysuckle. Mary served as Director of the Geneva Lake Conservancy for several years.
Oct 10, 2015 (Sat)
Tour of the Prairie at Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
Tallgrass Restoration is a firm specializing in restoring native habitat in the Midwest. Join Chris Kaplan, Project Manager with Tallgrass Restoration, for a guided tour of the 215 acre restored prairie he manages at the Tallgrass Farm in Milton, Wisconsin. The tour will be highlighted by the beautiful fall colors of the prairie with rich reds and bronzes. Visitors will be encouraged to collect native seed along the way for use on their own property so be sure to come prepared with bags, gloves and pruning shears.
Nov 14, 2015 (Sat)
Exploring Butterfly and Native Plant Connections
Discover the vital connections between native plants, specific habitats and the butterflies that live in Southeastern Wisconsin. Find out what features all butterflies share in common and those features that make each species unique. The presentation will emphasize butterflies most likely to be attracted to gardens but also touch upon some of the state’s endangered species. This program will be presented by Susan Borkin, Head of Natural Sciences at the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Curator responsible for the Museum’s invertebrate collections and the Puelicher Butterfly Garden.
Dec 12, 2015 (Sat)
No program. Happy Holidays!
Other Events in Southeast Wisconsin
Watch this space for future events.
Native Plant Resources in Southeast Wisconsin
Wisconsin DNR - Native Plant Nurseries and Restoration Consultants in Wisconsin WebsiteNative Plant Nurseries: Applied Ecological Services, Inc./Taylor Creek Nursery – has prairie, woodland and wetland plants for use in restoration projects. They do ecological research and consulting, site design preparation, planting and management--including prescribed burns. Contact: Steve Apfelbaum, 17921 Smith Road, PO Box 256, Brodhead, WI 53520. (608) 897-8641. Fax: (608) 897-8486. Email WebSite Bluestem Farm Native Plants – S5920 Lehman Road, Baraboo, WI. 53913; Phone: 608-356-0179. Visit by appointment. Also at Madison’s Dane County Farmer’s Market. Murn Environmental, Inc. – is a source of native wetland and prairie seeds and plant stock. They also provide native landscaping, design and installation, and wetland delineation and assessment services. Contact: Tom Murn, 10045 W. State Rd, Beloit, WI 53511. (608) 728-1101. Email Prairie Seed Source – sells local southeast Wisconsin seed of more than 150 prairie and savanna species, including mixes suited to the soil moisture regime of your project. They can also give slide presentations and provide design and consultation services. Contact: Robert Ahrenhoerster, PO Box 83, North Lake, WI 53064-0083. (262) 673-7166. WebSite Reeseville Ridge Nursery – deals mainly with native trees and shrubs. Also specializes in custom propagation of woody plants. Contact: Darrell J. Kromm, PO Box 171, 309 South Main Street, Reeseville, WI 53579. (920) 927-3291. Retzer Nature Center – supplies native prairie, woodland and wetland plants and seeds for sites within 50 miles of Waukesha County. They specialize in prairie mixes and can provide technical assistance on restoration projects. Contact: Jerry Schwarzmeier, W284 S1530 Road DT, Waukesha, WI 53188. (262) 521-5407. Website The following are a little further in distance, so plant stock may not be as local: J.F. New & Associates – carries hundreds of varieties of prairie flowers, grasses, wetland flowers and seed. They also carry bare-root trees, wild shrubs and provide custom seed mixes upon request. Verona, Wisconsin, (608) 848-1789. Johnson's Nursery Inc. – are growers of a wide selection of balled and burlapped landscape plants. Their diverse selection includes many native trees, shrubs, and vines. Contact: Bill Reichenbach, W180 N6275, Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. (262) 252-4988. Fax: (262) 252-4495. Monches Farm – Prairie Plants, Ferns; 5690 Monches Rd., Town of Erin; WebSite (ad in WOJ) Northern Sunset Perennials – Nursery-grown native plants of the Midwest at garden centers in SE WI., Central WI. and N. Ill. WebSite Advertised in WOJ Consultants in Southeast Wisconsin: Midwest Prairies LLC, Milton WI. “Healing the land since 1993” Brush removal, weed control, native seeding, prescribed burning. Email Website 608-868-3169 Tallgrass Restoration, LTC – Milton, WI. (608) 531-1768. Lake Shore Cleaners – 4615 N. Richmond St., Appleton, WI. Phone: 920-749-7807; specializing in natural landscaping using native species; consulting, design, installation, maintenance. (Ad in WOJ) Landmark Landscape – W3923 County Rd O, Sheboygan Falls, WI. 53085 (920-467-6442); in WOJ; Design, Maintenance, Installation, Consulting