Check out our brochure for ways to get involved!
Upcoming restoration workdays in September
Wednesday September 3
Saturday September 20
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.
Rescheduled due to weather to September 18, 2014
Meet at the Orchid Heights Park shelter
4198 Park Trail, Middleton, WI (marker D on the map)
Guides: Evan Wing, Jeff Everson and Mike Zolinski of Medicus WRX Adventure Racing.
Please bring a compass (at any sporting goods store for as little as $10) and a flashlight/headlamp.
RSVPs appreciated to Colleen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-767-2394.
Come for the basics of orienteering! You will learn to navigate various terrains using a compass and topographic map – an important skill to have. Guides will teach the group how to match what they are seeing in the landscape (land, water and man-made features) with the details displayed on a USGS topographic map. Expect up to two miles of light walking, 90% on paths or mowed grass. We will also have youth-focused compass activities that are all at the park’s soccer field.
This is an overview to the sport of orienteering, not a competitive event. But, practice what you learn here and you could compete in orienteering adventure races in the future!
Medicus WRX is a not for profit group of amateur adventure racers who have been racing together for 8 years. The team has more than ten top 5 finishes and qualified this year to race in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship in Maryland. Continued success and an ever-increasing knowledge base has inspired the team to give back to the adventure racing community by promoting the sport and hosting races in the Wisconsin area.
Remember to dress for the weather and mosquitoes.
Two scouts have been hard at work in the conservancy on their Eagle Scout projects this summer.
Andrew Wenman from Troop 140 in Middleton oversaw the building of a deck with bench overlooking the marsh just east of the former Frederick family home site. The new deck is a great destination for just sitting quietly and enjoying the sights and sounds of the conservancy. (The brown area around the deck has been treated by the county to kill off the weeds in prepartion for planting to prairie.)
Connor Kooistra from Troop 640 in Town of Middleton completed the first phase of his project by overseeing the placement of carpeting on and around the Indian mounds on top of the hill at the north end of the conservancy. The carpeting will kill the existing mostly weedy vegetation, and then native flowers and grasses will be planted on the mounds when the carpeting is removed. Connor will be completing his phase of the mounds project this fall by removing the carpeting laid down in 2012 by fellow troop 640 scout Max Stenklyft for his Eagle Scout project, and then collecting prairie seed to scatter on the bare areas.
Thanks to both scouts for their great work!
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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