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Oct
29
Fri
Wetlands Coffee Break: Monitoring pollinators in wetlands; Opportunities for citizen scientists
Oct 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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Many Wisconsin volunteers participate in monitoring projects to track the distribution and abundance of pollinators. These projects collect data crucial to conservation research and land management, but wetlands are underrepresented in the monitoring efforts. Join conservation biologist Jay Watson to learn more about how data collected by citizen scientists help scientists and land managers. Jay will also discuss opportunities for volunteers to monitor bees and butterflies in wetlands and other habitats across the state.

Nov
5
Fri
Wetland Coffee break: Climate change resources for wetland managers
Nov 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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Climate change impacts wetlands, but not all wetland types and locations are at equal risk. Find out what types of wetlands are most vulnerable, what site-level factors can improve resiliency, and most importantly, what resources are available to help you create a customized adaptation plan for your specific site.

Ryan O’Connor is an ecologist and coordinates and conducts biotic inventories of natural communities for the Wisconsin DNR’s Natural Heritage Inventory. His professional interests include providing land managers with high-quality data to make better decisions, developing adaptation resources, and hunting for rare and invasive plants.

Dec
11
Sat
SAWW Training Level 3 In The Driftless Area @ Morrison Prairie and Forest Preserve, Muscoda, wi
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Driftless Area Land Conservancy will host Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW)-certified chainsaw safety and efficiency training near Muscoda, Wisconsin. Luke Saunders of Adaptive Restoration LLC will be the trainer.

Levels 1 and 2 are currently at full capacity. Level 3 will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11. Please note that participants should have completed Level 2 before registering for Level 3.

Participants in Level 3 training will spend most of the day in the field practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include reviewing information from Levels 1 and 2, focusing on planning and executing difficult tree felling, introduction to segments, precision at the stump and planning and executing limbing and bucking.

Level 3 participants should be fully equipped and prepared to work with and maintain their own chainsaws. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell and limb or buck at least one tree.

Prerequisite:  Attendance and completion of Level 1 and Level 2 SAWW training.  Participants in Level 3 SAWW training will refine and build upon chainsaw proficiency skills learned in Levels 1 & 2. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and is part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. 

Participants in Level 3 training will spend most of the day in the field practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include review of information from Levels 1 & 2, focus on planning and executing difficult tree felling, introduction to Segments, precision at the stump, and planning and executing limbing and bucking. Level 3 participants should be fully equipped and prepared to work with and maintain their own chainsaw. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell and limb or buck at least one tree.

Participants must be prepared to work and bring their own personal protective equipment, chainsaw(s) and tools for maintenance. Morrison Prairie and Forest Preserve, near Muscoda.  Directions and information will be provided in an email after registration is submitted.  Payment will be due the day of the event in the form of a check made out to Driftless Area Land Conservancy.