Conservancy Day Programs are:
Thank you for your generous gifts and participation. You make it possible and you make it great! We welcome you to join us and help spread the word! Mark your calendars for these inspiring and special events the third Thursday of each month, from January through November.
RSVP's appreciated, email Colleen or call 608-767-2394.
Email Colleen at email@example.com to request monthly email reminders of Conservancy Day Programs.
Bird hike with Mike McDowell
April 17, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (stay later to wait for woodcock display)
Pheasant Branch Dane County Parking lot (fire number 4864, marker A on this online map) 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue on Pheasant Branch Road
Guide: Mike McDowell, exceptional local bird expert from Eagle Optics in Middleton
Back again, this spring program is a sure treat for anyone who enjoys seeing birds usher in the warm seasons. Mike has a remarkable skill for hearing, seeing and pointing out birds that many other's less-trained senses would surely miss. Have you ever seen the acrobatics of the woodcock? If you have or if you haven't, that alone is worth joining us for this hike!
This is a family friendly event. We will walk about one mile. Young children will need an adult to help them find birds and use binoculars. Please RSVP if you need to borrow binoculars at the event. 608-767-2394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.