The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy invite you to attend the third of the 2016 Dane County Healthy Parks Tours sponsored by the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment. These tours are to encourage healthy lifestyles using some of the most beautiful venues in Dane County.
Parking will be in the county parking lot, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road with extra parking along the service road in the Conservancy when the lot is full. Walk east on the service road until you get the old homestead location where there will be a tent. We will begin at 10 am with 20 minutes devoted to a discussion of Pheasant Branch Conservancy now and in the future led by Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment. Please feel free to bring a chair if you would like to sit at this time. Refreshments will be served.
Starting approximately at 10:20 the Friends of Pheasant Branch will provide guides who will lead the following tours of the Conservancy. You may choose from:
A short walk to the large springs at the head of Pheasant Branch Creek.
A medium walk to a smaller hidden spring and to a viewing platform on the prairie east of the parking lot.
A vigorous climb up Frederick’s Hill to see the view and the effigy mounds.
Or the option to walk or run the 3 mile loop through the conservancy. (a map will be provided.)
Between April and October, R&M volunteers regularly work in the Conservancy on the third Saturday of the month. We start at 9 am and usually work until noon. Activities vary from month to month, depending on seasonal needs. No experience necessary! Mark your calendar and plan to join in to keep the prairies blooming!
We meet at the County Parking Lot, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road.
Through the year, the R&M Committee also schedules special workdays as needed for specific projects.
To be notified of upcoming activities, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the list.
In 2015, volunteers logged just over 2,000 hours. . We hope to top that in 2016!
Janet Kane, Jim Loving, and Forrest Weesner, Restoration & Management Committee Co-chairs.
The Story of Invasive Species in Madison Lakes.
Thursday, July 21
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Middleton Glen Retirement Community
6720 Century Ave, Middleton
Presented by Dr. Jake Walsh, UW-Madison Center for Limnology
RSVPs appreciated, not required.
email@example.com or 608-767-2394.
FREE, open to the public
Invasive species change lakes. How are they changing ours? Dr. Walsh will discuss the invaders that call our lakes home, and what this means for our water quality.
We'll learn more about what's lurking at our beach, from a menacing-looking water flea that messes with clarity in Lake Mendota to a frilly water plant that decays in heaps on Lake Monona shores.
Dr. Walsh is a freshwater ecologist and researcher. Jake's work focuses on the ecological and economic impacts of the invasive spiny water flea in Lake Mendota, highlighting the extreme costs associated with degraded water quality due to the invasion. Jake is motivated by the intersection between the ecology of lakes and the people who care about them, making aquatic invasive species a perfect sandbox to explore and teach about the natural world and our place in it.
Email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org to request monthly email reminders of Conservancy Day Programs.
Newcomb Construction Gives the Friends a donation of $10,000!
With a goal of stimulating other groups to join them, Newcomb Construction donated $10,000 to support programs of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy (FOPBC) in Middleton on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Bret Newcomb stressed the value of the Conservancy to the quality of life and to employers concerned about recreational amenities for their employees.
Pictured her from the left: Scott Markowski PE, Structural Engineer-Newcomb Construction ; Rachel Newcomb, Newcomb Construction; Tom Crozier, FOPBC Board Member; Dagny Myrah, FOPBC Board President; Preston Tokheim, Project Manager-Newcomb Construction; Bret Newcomb, President, Newcomb Construction; Ron Biendsel, FOPBC Board Member.
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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