Check out our brochure for ways to get involved!
Upcoming restoration workdays in April
Wednesday April 2
Saturday April 5 and 19 with Middleton Highschool students
For more details visit our Restoration Volunteers page.
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.
A better home for Northern Pike
May 15, 2014
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meet on Marina Drive in Middleton, on the north side of Century Avenue just east of Allen Blvd.
Guides: Jens Jensen and Aaron Steber of Cardno JFNew
Children willing to walk up to two miles are welcome.
Enjoy a field trip to learn more about wildlife habitat management. In 2011, restoration experts from Cardno JFNew assisted the City of Middleton to create Northern Pike spawning habitat in the Conservancy. The goal was to create shallow, seasonally flooded spawning habitat in the floodplain of Pheasant Branch Creek, which eventually drains into Lake Mendota. Northern Pike from Lake Mendota can migrate to these spawning areas during the spring to lay eggs. Then, the areas provide a safe haven for small fry to grow before re-entering the lake. Cardno JFNew worked to improve the stream habitat for Northern Pike. Eroding stream banks were leaving few places for fish to hide, eat and rest in the stream. Our guides will show us how habitat was re-built in the stream, why it is important for the fish, and the difference it has made so far.
Dress for the weather. There may be up to two miles of walking, though you could join us for just part and walk less. RSVPs appreciated but not required.
Diane Hammer is a Middleton photographer who has exhibited extensively in the Madison area. She lives near Pheasant Branch and photos taken in the Conservancy are a feature of her work. She is highlighting Pheasant Branch in three separate venues in March and April.
Record your personal phenology observations in the 2014 Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Phenology Calendar. This year's calendar features photos and poetry by Middleton High School students as well as photos by local naturalist Mike McDowell. It also includes a checklist for seasonal animal and plant events, sunrise, sunset and weather data, and monthly nature notes.
The calendars make great gifts!
$12.95 for one calendar
$12.50 each for two or more delivered to the same address
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