American Woodcock and Bird Hike with Mike McDowell
Thursday, April 21
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Pheasant Branch Conservancy (northern most entrance off of Pheasant Branch Road)
You gotta see this show in the prairie!
Please RSVP to email@example.com and let us know if you need to borrow binoculars
Free and family friendly!
RSVP's appreciated, email Colleen or call 608-767-2394.
Email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org to request monthly email reminders of Conservancy Day Programs.
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 email@example.com 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 Pheasant Branch Watershed, and in fact the entire Yahara Watershed, has seen a steady increase in salt pollution over the past few decades. Much of this increase is due to deicing salt (sodium chloride) that washes off hard surfaces and into Pheasant Branch Creek, the Conservancy, Lake Mendota and the Yahara chain of lakes. Once applied there is no way to remove salt from our waters. Years of accumulated salt threaten drinking water, aquatic and terrestrial life, and cause damage to infrastructure and vehicles.
Here are 3 simple steps that all homeowners and business owners can take to reduce salt use, while keeping driveways and sidewalks safe.
WI Salt Wise Partnership (MMSD and local agencies) has developed this signage to educate homeowners and vendors who sell salt, shovels, hand spreaders and salt alternatives. Vendors are asked to post the signs at their businesses.
USGS hydrologists Herb Garn and Warren Gebert monitored sodium chloride in Pheasant Branch Creek in 2007-08 and reported in a published report that concentrations frequently exceeded EPA chronic levels. Concentrations at these levels are toxic and remain long after snowmelt. In the 2008-09 season, for example, Middleton used 1,350 tons of salt! The City of Madison, on the other hand, used a sand alternative with 20% salt and prewetting agents that reduced salt amounts. Since 2012, Middleton has been using a brine application and calibrating their trucks every year for salt application to improve efficiency of salt use.
Come support the Friends by participating in this "fun, run/walk" event. There are many fun activities in store before and after the big event. Register Now!
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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GoodSearch is a search engine (powered by yahoo, so it’s a good one) that donates money to a user specified non-profit each and every time a search is performed. The money comes from advertisers. If 100 FOPB members search twice/day for an entire year, we would earn $730 a year.
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We need your support to keep our restoration and education efforts going strong. Start using GoodSearch and GoodShop today – remember to check the Friends of Pheasant Branch as the non-profit.