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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

April 1998

1998 Field Trips
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

If there's a fee listed for a trip, assume that it's a per-person cost. Trip fees can be paid by check, made out to the Natural Resources Foundation. (And if you'd care to make a donation to the foundation, you can send a check in as well.) Registration forms, fee checks and donations should be mailed to:

Field Trips
Natural Resources Foundation Wisconsin
P.O. Box 129
Madison, WI 53701

Sign up for as many trips as you like, but be sure to do it soon – these field trips fill up fast on a first-come, first-served basis, and we wouldn't want you to miss any of the fun. You'll receive confirmation by mail, along with the other information you'll need to get the most from your day in the field.

Trip numbers


1. Buena Vista Marsh Friday evening presentation on prairie chicken behavior/ecology. Saturday pre-dawn observation of prairie chicken mating dance, followed by breakfast and discussion.
WHEN: April 24, 7 p.m.- April 25, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction
LEADER: Todd Knepfel
COST: $45

2. Hardwood Tree Planting in Coulee Country Visit a certified tree farm and view the planting of native hardwoods and conifers with custom-built tree planting machines. DNR foresters will discuss successful forest management and solutions to pest and disease problems.
WHEN: April 25, 1-5 p.m.
WHERE: Union Township, Vernon Co.
LEADER: James Dalton & Thomas Kooyumjian

3. Ancient Mounds of Cranberry Creek State Natural Area Visit the largest extant mound group in Wisconsin, examining the mystery of its unusual size and setting. View large and small conicals including a bird and bear effigy.
WHEN: May 2, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Necedah, Juneau Co. LEADER: Victoria Dirst

4. Tour of the 1996 National Tree Farm of the Year Donald & Rachel Jordan manage 733 acres of hardwood forest for timber, wildlife habitat, research and recreational uses. They will discuss timber stand improvement, logging, trails, stream water quality, walnuts & oaks, wildlife habitat, clearcuts and more.
WHEN: May 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dodgeville, Iowa Co.
LEADERS: Rachel & Donald Jordan, Tom Hill
COST: $5

5. Archaeology of Killsnake Wildlife Area Tour four important archeological sites ranging from a major Early Paleo-Indian campsite from 9,000 BC to a Potawatomi village from the mid-1800s. Learn how people's adaptations to local natural resources changed throughout time.
WHEN: May 9, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Calumet & Manitowoc Counties
LEADER: Victoria Dirst

6. Environmental Quality Issues Surrounding Paper Mills Tour the Nicolet Paper Company and learn the various processes behind papermaking. Discuss water quality issues and how the mill is successfully dealing with them.
WHEN: May 14, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: DePere, Brown Co.
LEADERS: Dennis Weisensel & Rick Counihan

7. Tour the Hayward Tree Nursery From seed extraction to shipping, tour nursery facilities to see how trees and shrubs are grown for forestry plantings.
WHEN: May 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hayward, Sawyer Co.
LEADER: Gordon Christians

8. Identification & Control of Invasive Plants Learn to identify invasive species and witness the impacts these plants have on various habitats. Landowners, gardeners, or anyone concerned about non-native plants invading grasslands and forests will enjoy this hands-on lesson in possible control methods.
WHEN: May 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: New Glarus Woods State Park, Green Co.
LEADER: Kelly Kearns

9. Protecting Our Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands-Lake Noquebay Take a boat trip around the lake and learn about aquatic biology, water quality, wetlands, and impacts of shoreline development. Discuss protection of waterways and how citizens can influence local decisions. BBQ dinner after trip.
WHEN: May 16, 2-5 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Noquebay Co. Park, Marinette Co.
LEADER: Robert Rosenberger
COST: $3

10. Groundwater Issues and Well Digging Demonstration Learn about the importance of protecting groundwater sources and tips to homeowners to protect quality drinking water. See the drilling of a water well to serve a 4-H camp.
WHEN: May 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Mishicot, Manitowoc Co.
LEADER: Dorie Turpin

11. Tour the Poynette Game Farm & MacKenzie Environmental Center Learn the history of the game farm and see the pheasant hatchery and rearing pens, the Wisconsin wildlife exhibit, buffalo, prairies and possibly a late-season prescribed burning demo.
WHEN: May 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Poynette, Columbia Co.
LEADERS: Don Bates & Derek Duane

12. Trumpeter Swan Recovery Program-Crex Meadows Wildlife Area See wild trumpeter swans with cygnets on a beautiful marshland. Learn about trumpeter swan ecology and efforts to restore them in Wisconsin. Tour Crex Meadows by bus to see wetlands, prairies and wildlife.
WHEN: May 30, 12:30-3 p.m.
WHERE: Burnett Co.
LEADER: Jim Hoefler
COST: $3

13. History, Ecology and Management of an Oak Woodland Visit the recently dedicated Olson Oak Woods State Natural Area and learn about the management practices used to restore the site. See hundreds of woodland plants, 150-250 year old oaks, sink holes and large displays of wild geranium.
WHEN: May 30, 9-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Verona, Dane Co.
LEADER: Rich Henderson

14. Trout Management and Stream Shocking Demo Visit Wisconsin's coulee region trout streams and discuss programs to improve stream habitat. See the electro-shocking truth of how trout populations are estimated.
WHEN: June 6, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Coon Valley, Vernon Co.
LEADER: David Vetrano

15. Oak Woodland Restoration at Lake Kegonsa State Park Visit an impressive restoration of a white oak woodland and oak savanna and learn the management techniques used for this project. Persons who are considering beginning a restoration project on their own will find this tour to be very beneficial. Also, tour a nearby wetland and learn about wetland ecology.
WHEN: June 6, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Stoughton, Dane Co.
LEADERS: Gary Birch & Deb Weidert

16. Tour of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area See the richest prairie in Wisconsin, with over 400 species identified. The shooting stars should be at their peak. Learn about prairie ecology and management techniques being used on the site. WHEN: June 6, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Kenosha, Kenosha Co.
LEADERS: Brian Glenzinski & Mark Roycraft

17. Just For Kids-The Geologic Story of Devil's Lake State Park An interactive presentation of the history of Devil's Lake designed just for kids ages 5-12. We'll use sand, water and rocks to illustrate the geologic processes that shaped the unusual landforms of Devil's Lake State Park.
WHEN: June 13, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Baraboo, Sauk Co.
LEADER: Phil Fauble
LIMIT:15 children ages 5-12
(limit 2 adults per child)

18. Stream Ecology Workshop: Assessing the Health of a Trout Stream Visit a trout stream and use sampling gear to assess water quality, habitat conditions and aquatic insect and fish populations. Learn how watershed land use affects stream health.
WHEN: June 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Cross Plains, Dane Co.
LEADER: Mike Miller
COST: $4

19. A Canoe Exploration of the Upper Waupaca Chain O' Lakes Canoe through a chain of 5 connected lakes and learn the cultural history and management practices of this beautiful area. Paddle through boiling springs, spring fed lakes and the pristine Pope Lake State Natural Area.
WHEN: (a)June 13 OR (b) September 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca Co.
LEADER: Merle Lang
LIMIT: 16 per session
COST: $5 plus canoe rental

20. Mississippi Bluff Prairie and Oak Savanna/Woodland Restoration at Rush Creek State Natural Area See spectacular views of the Mississippi River valley while learning about restoration techniques used to control invasive species and nurture native animals in each of these communities.
WHEN: June 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Ferryville, Crawford Co.
LEADERS: Jim Buchholz & Ron Lichtie

21. Canoe the Flambeau River-Oxbo to State Forest HeadquartersSee wilderness and wildlife while paddling down a flat stretch of the Flambeau River. Learn about the history and management of this famed watershed. Very mild rapids will be encountered, so some paddling experience is needed. Canoes and lunch are provided.
WHEN: June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Oxbo, Sawyer Co.
LEADER: Dave Olson
COST: $15

22. Turtle Flambeau Flowage Tour & Osprey Banding Take a scenic boat ride through the flowage while watching wildlife and hearing a management discussion. Visit osprey nests and help with the annual banding/color marking of osprey nestlings.
WHEN: July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Mercer Ranger Station, Iron Co.
LEADERS: Bruce Bacon & Roger Jasinski
COST: $10 (includes lunch)

23. Fun-Filled Days at Perrot State Park Take a hike to the goat prairies of the Brady Bluff State Natural Area and visit ancient burial mounds with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Wake up early to watch the birds at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Bike an old railroad bed of the Great River Trail, viewing abundant wetlands and wildlife.
WHEN: July 10, 1 p.m.-July 11, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Perrot State Park, Trempealeau Co.
LEADER: Phil Palzkill & park staff
COST: State Park entrance fee. Call (608) 534-6409 early to reserve a campsite.

24. Tour of Wisconsin Heights Battle Site Take a walking tour through this historic battle site, oak savanna restoration, pre-historic mounds and site of the last battle of the Black Hawk War of 1832.
WHEN: July 25 (a)9 a.m.-noon OR (b) 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Mazomanie, Dane Co.
LEADER: Wayne Schutte

25. A Primer on Lake Limnology - Lake Mendota Board a pontoon boat to learn about different types of lakes, monitoring equipment, use of data in evaluating lakes, aquatic vegetation management and the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Project.
WHEN: July 25 (a)9 a.m.-noon OR (b) 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Madison, Dane Co.
LEADER: Jim Leverance
LIMIT: 12 per session
COST: $2.50

26. Scales & Slime: An Introduction to Wisconsin Reptiles and Amphibians Come stomp in the swamp at Bong State Recreation Area to collect and meet Wisconsin's scaly and slimy creatures - the amphibians and reptiles. Learn to identify these herps and learn why they are important and unique.
WHEN: August 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Kansasville, Kenosha Co.
LEADERS: Beth Goeppinger & Donna Mosca
COST: state park entrance fee

27. Prairie, Wetland and Oak Savanna Restoration at the Mallard Ridge Landfill Visit an active landfill site and explore the various successful restoration projects to reclaim this area.
WHEN: August 1, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Delevan, Walworth Co.
LEADERS: Rob Grosh, Mike Ettner & Dan Leclaire

28. Sea Kayak Tour of the Upper St. Louis River Estuary of Lake Superior Explore the St. Louis River Streambank Protection Area, a new 5,000-acre project managed to prevent erosion and sedimentation in this high quality wetlands estuary. Through a six-mile, six-hour paddle, participants will explore steep wooded shores, unique wetlands and meandering tributary bays in this remote wilderness area. Sea kayaks and instruction will be provided by outfitter (beginners welcome).
WHEN: (a) August 8 OR (b) August 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Duluth-Superior, Douglas Co.
LEADER: Frank Koshere
LIMT: 17
COST: $50 if renting kayak, $35 if providing own kayak and gear

29. Tour of Muir Park and Observatory Hill State Natural Areas Hike through two of John Muir's boyhood haunts. Begin at Muir Park with a walk around the lake to see wetland, prairie and savanna communities and discuss Natural Areas Management. Then off to Observatory Hill to have lunch atop a cedar glade.
WHEN: August 15, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Montello, Marquette Co.
LEADER: Mark Martin

30. Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area Visit the largest barrens in northeast Wisconsin to learn about barrens geology, ecology, management and restoration. See the success of this partnership management effort involving government, advisory groups and private industry.
WHEN: Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Florence, Florence Co.
LEADER: Stu Boren

31. Managing Our Discards: Recycling & Landfills in the Modern World Visit the Watertown Recycling Center and the Deer Track Park Landfill to examine the demise of our discards and recyclables. Educate yourself about a topic that we all need to understand better.
WHEN: August 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Watertown, Jefferson Co.
LEADERS: Gene Mitchell & Stacey Thompson

32. Management of a Lake Superior Fishery Visit the renowned Apostle Islands and take a boat ride to Manitou Island to visit a historic fish camp. Learn about commercial fishing in the past and present.
WHEN: Monday, August 24, 8 a.m.-noon OR noon-4p.m.
WHERE: Bayfield, Bayfield Co.
LEADERS: Mike Vogelsang & Steven Schramm
LIMIT: 14 per session

33. Does Ozone Affect Your Plants? Visit a DNR biomonitoring site and see examples of ozone injury on native crop plants and wild plants. View an ozone monitor and the wide variety of plant studies at this site. Explore ozone effects on the wild plants of the Kenosha Dunes.
WHEN: August 28, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: UW-Parkside, Kenosha Co.
LEADER: Ed Jepsen

34. Canoe the Chippewa Flowage Eagles, wood ducks, loons and herons await! Explore the endless maze of islands, points, bays and channels found in the Chippewa Flowage. Paddle your way through an adventure on the third largest lake in Wisconsin.
WHEN: August 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Hayward, Sawyer Co.
LEADER: Ray Larson

35. Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms in Wisconsin's Woods Once the fall rains begin, a vast array of mushrooms appear in the woodlands. Take a hike in Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods State Natural Area and learn to identify several edible species like chantrelles and oyster shelves, along with poisonous species such as death angels and fly agarics.
WHEN: September 12, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Wildcat Mountain State Park, Vernon Co.
LEADER: David Kopitzke

36. Tour of the Mead Wildlife Area The Mead Wildlife Area offers a unique opportunity to view a large variety of wetland habitat and wildlife species. Visit wetlands, grasslands and upland areas and discuss wildlife and forestry practices in the area.
WHEN: September 12, 9 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Wausau, Marathon Co.
LEADERS: Tom Meier, Mike King & Shirley Bargander
COST: $5

37. Geology of the Baraboo Hills - North and South After a brief lecture on the geologic history of the Baraboo Hills, hike the west bluff of Devil's Lake, then enjoy a van tour to Rock Springs. Explore Abelman's Gorge State Natural Area, Van Hise Rock, a rock quarry and the seldom-visited North Range of the Baraboo Hills.
WHEN: September 19, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Baraboo, Sauk Co.
LEADER: Philip Fauble

38. Dells of the Wisconsin River State Natural Area Spectacular scenery, unique geologic formations, gorges, glens and rare plants await! Trek through this gem of the Wisconsin landscape in areas not normally accessible to the public. The terrain of this three-mile hike is rugged and not appropriate for small children.
WHEN: September 26, 9 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co.
LEADER: Thomas Meyer

39. Canoe the Lower Wisconsin River Paddle an eight-mile stretch of one of Wisconsin's most beautiful and cherished waterways. Enjoy a day of fall color, waterfowl and wildlife. Learn river history and find out about the efforts to preserve its natural beauty. From Spring Green to Lone Rock.
WHEN: October 3, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
WHERE: Spring Green, Sauk Co.
LEADER: Wayne Schutte
COST: $10.50 for canoe rental and shuttle, $5.00 for shuttle only (per person)

40. Life After Cryptosporidium Tour the Milwaukee Waterworks at the Linnwood Water Filtration Plant and learn about the improvements made to Milwaukee's drinking water since the 1993 cryptosporidium outbreak.
WHEN: October 16, 11 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Milwaukee Co.
LEADER: Pat Klappa

41. Ice Age Landforms of the Southern Kettle Moraine Explore (by bus) the variety of geologic features of the Southern Kettle Moraine area - the impressive moraine, kettle depressions, large outwash plains, gigantic eskers, and vast adjoining drumlin field to the west.
WHEN: October 17, 9 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Eagle, Waukesha Co.
LEADER: Ron Kurowski
COST: $4
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