Wild Wish List

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WILD Center Seeking Item Donations

You may know that the WILD Center (Wild Ones Institute of Learning and Development) is the national headquarters of Wild Ones. What you may not know is, we strive to keep the WILD Center as self-sustaining as possible. Doing so enables us to keep operating expenses low and direct a larger percentage of dues and donations to furthering the Wild Ones mission.

What does this mean?

The WILD Center relies on donations of new or gently used equipment and tools to keep the organization running smoothly.  For instance, most of the furniture in the office has been donated over the years. Occasionally, some items need to be replaced. When that happens, we ask our supporters for help.

What is currently needed?

With spring finally upon us, it’s time for our amazing teams of volunteers to help spruce up the grounds so visitors can enjoy our native plants and marsh, along with the wildlife that make our native habitat their home. As you begin your spring cleaning projects, please consider donating any of the following yard items you may no longer need:

  • Tree branch loppers
  • Weed wrenches for pulling out buckthorn
  • String trimmer
  • Push mower
  • Donations for window-cleaning supplies

In addition to these outdoor tools, we are also in need of an indoor vacuum cleaner and a set of 4 or 5 cordless phones with an answering machine. If you’re eliminating your landline to go 100% cellular, please consider donating your phones to Wild Ones!

Update – We are very grateful to have received the following donations:

  • Vacuum cleaner – Dave and Karen E., Fox Valley Area Chapter
  • String trimmer and lopper – Charles S., Green Bay Chapter
  • Weed wrench – Tim and Joby M., Fox Valley Area Chapter

Thank you very much for your support! 

Can we borrow your tools or equipment?

We have several events each year where we have a crew of 20-40 people on-site to volunteer. If you live near Neenah WI, would you consider letting us borrow any of the following when we have a large group?

  • Tree branch loppers
  • Shovels
  • Tree-planting shovels
  • Weed wrenches

What next?

If you are interested in donating any of the above items to Wild Ones, please email [email protected].

If you would like to lend your tools for one of our volunteer events (traditionally in June, August, and October), please email [email protected] with the tool(s) you would be willing to lend us. Please ensure your name and contact information are on any equipment you lend to Wild Ones so we can return it to its proper owner when we are finished using it.

Thank you for your consideration!


Healthy Lakes program provides grants for native plantings

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Reduce the cost of a new rain garden or native planting by up to $1,000 per practice

Would you like to save 75% on the cost of a new rain garden or native planting? The Healthy Lakes program, run by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and UW-Extension Lakes Program, provides 75% cost-sharing to help improve water quality and wildlife habitat along lakeshores. Eligible applicants include municipalities, lake associations, and others. For example, a group like a lake association can apply on behalf of multiple landowners, and a rain garden or other practice can be installed on each person’s property. The grant provides 75% cost-sharing on each project, up to $1,000 per practice, and up to a total of $25,000 per project per year. If six property owners along a lake wanted to install rain gardens, the lake association or municipality could apply for $6,000 to install these six projects. Projects may include any of up to five different practices, which are described below.

350 square-foot native planting

Create a contiguous 350 sq.ft. native plant garden near your lakeshore to filter runoff and provide habitat. Plantings must be at least 10 feet wide and should be located as close to the waterbody as possible. Funds can be used to hire a contractor or to buy plants for a do-it-yourself project. Suggested planting designs are available at www.healthylakeswi.org

Rain garden

These are low areas in the landscape, either natural or man-made, that capture runoff from large areas, or concentrated water flow from gutters. The rain garden is planted with a variety of prairie and wetland species. They typically range from 150-600 square feet in size.

Fish Sticks

They aren’t just for dinner! This practice involves adding large trees to the shallow water in front of your lakeshore property. Trees are taken from upland locations and are cabled to large, live trees on the shoreline. Fish Sticks projects reduce erosion and provide habitat for invertebrates, turtles, fish, shorebirds, and countless other animals.

Infiltration trenches

These areas absorb runoff water and allow it to soak into the ground and be filtered by the soil. This practice is common under roof driplines and adjacent to hard surfaces like driveways or patios.

Diversion structures

These simple structures stop runoff and divert the flow to a more desirable area where it can soak into the ground. As water flows over land, it picks up soil, fertilizers, chemicals, and other pollutants. If this water is allowed to soak into the ground before reaching a lake or stream, most of these pollutants can be filtered out.

Danielle Bell's Woodland Ephemeral Pond - First Place 2018 Scenery

Photo credit:
Danielle Bell, “Woodland Ephemeral Pond”, First place Wild Ones 2018 Photo Contest – Scenery

The Healthy Lakes program is a great way to improve the health of your lake, and beautify your property at the same time. Visit www.healthylakeswi.org to learn more about eligibility, see planting designs, and get all of your questions answered!

Have additional questions? Contact Patrick Goggin, [email protected].

By Paul Skawinski, UW-Extension Lakes Outreach Specialist and Wild Ones Central WI Chapter President

Growing native plants in containers – does it work?

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Native plants are tough. Don’t we invoke that phrase repeatedly as we
promote the advantages of natural landscaping? The Green Bay Chapter
had a unique opportunity to test that phrase during the summer of 2010,
when they filled 11 large containers with native plants.

This article is reprinted from the Wild Ones July/August 2011 JournalRead more:

Simple ways to prevent birds from colliding with your windows.

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Tape on Windows: Applying tape to your windows is
an effective way to tell birds that the space does not
provide passage to wherever they want to go.

There are simple ways to prevent birds from colliding with your windows. Studies show that bird collisions with windows are frequently fatal as one in two collisions result in the death of a bird (988 million annually, USFWS 2014). Charles Hagner, state director of Bird City Wisconsin, gives tips on how many of these collisions can be prevented.

This article is reprinted from the Wild Ones Autumn 2018 Journal. Read more:  https://wildones.org/wp-content/images/Bird_Collisions.pdf Read more on “Simple ways to prevent birds from colliding with your windows.” »