Thursday, 16 February 2017

Help Attract More Bees

Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development Council is presenting a series of talks help landowners in Southwestern Wisconsin attract more bees, butterflies, humming birds and other pollinators to their property.

Pollinators and upland wildlife are vital to our economy, food sources and recreational opportunities and their decline is a serious problem. The lack of native prairie plants is contributing to a loss of both pollinators and upland bird species. The good news is it doesn’t matter if you own hundreds of acres or a small yard, you can help encourage pollinators like bees, butterflies and humming birds. This session will teach you about pollinator biology, the link between wildlife and healthy populations of pollinators, prairie establishment and choosing the best seed mix to fit your needs. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind opportunity to improve your land for future generations!

There will be four opportunities landowners to receive expert guidance on pollinator biology and establishing the plants necessary to their survival. The schedule of events is as follows: Friday February 24th from 6-8pm in La Crosse, Tuesday March 7th from 6:30-8:30pm in Baraboo, Wednesday March 8th from 6:00-8:00pm in Richland Center, and Thursday March 9th from 6:00-8:00pm in Prairie du Chien. A registration fee of $12 includes a pollinator information packet and prairie seed pack. To receive more information or reserve your spot contact Brandon Bleuer at Brandon.bleuer@swbadger.org or (309) 738-2607.

Crawford County Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-9-17
Richland County Pollinator Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-8-17
Sauk County Pollinator Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-7-17

Friday, 10 February 2017

Fired Up for Spring

Crew prepares for burn

The Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are now accepting applications to attend their Spring Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (WI-TREX). Applications must be completed by February 24, 2017.

These trainings are organized as an incident, using the Incident Command System. Participants will:

  • serve in qualified and trainee firefighting positions on a burn team
  • assist with preparing, scouting, briefing, igniting, holding, mop-up, and patrol on numerous controlled burns in the area
  • complete pre- and post-fire monitoring
  • train with various equipment
  • practice fireline leadership skills, and
  • learn about local fire ecology and management.

Email Eric Mark with the Nature Conservancy to register or to get more information .

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Don’t be (Prairie) Chicken; Make Your Voice Heard

The DNR is seeking input to the Greater Prairie Chicken Management Plan. This plan is revised every ten years. Let your voice be heard by contacting Mark Witecha, Upland Wildlife Ecologist, 608-267-7861; Lesa Kardash, Wildlife Biologist, 715-421-7813.

A public meeting Feb. 22 at the Fine Arts Center in the McMillan Memorial Library, 490 East Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids from 5-7 p.m. will give attendees an opportunity to receive information regarding the plan revision process, current prairie-chicken population, draft conceptual alternatives and share feedback with DNR staff.