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April News and Updates

Area Students Share Energy-Saving Projects

Thanks to your generous support, DALC’s Clean, Local Energy Alliance – Now! (CLEA-N) has been able to, once again, engage area high school students in energy-saving and clean energy conversations. The Penny-Smart & Earth-Wise Story contest gave students the opportunity to tell their “stories” as to how their school districts could save energy dollars and promote Earth-wise practices at the same time. An impressively wide variety of topics were chosen and researched. Contest winners will be announced soon. Read more here!

Evenings Afield

We are excited to offer another great suite of Evenings Afield sessions this year. One Thursday evening per month, we come together in the Lowery Creek Watershed to learn from experts and each other, socializing with like-minded landowners and residents, and seeing results of management methods on different properties. These events are free and all are welcome! Our 2023 topics include Driftless groundwater, prairie and woodland restoration, grass-fed beef, biological farming and perennial crops, and getting started in agro-forestry. Find the full schedule and registration information here, or check out our flyer.

Help Build the Driftless Trail Join us in building the Driftless Trail as a valuable community resource! Participate in volunteer work days to touch-up partially constructed trail and complete a few short pieces from scratch. Learn about trail construction alongside experienced trail professionals – skills you can use for trails you manage elsewhere. Two workdays are coming up Friday and Saturday. Find more details and register here!

Birding Hikes Speaking of the Driftless Trail, here are two more opportunities to get out and enjoy it! On May 13th and May 20th, join hikes led by birding experts to explore two beautiful segments of the trail. A variety of habitats and bird species await, and all levels of birding skills are welcome. Registration is required on our website.

Additional Volunteer OpportunitiesOur bi-weekly volunteer workdays continue at our beautiful ambassador properties. Get outside, make a difference, and enjoy spring in the Driftless!

  • Saturdays at Spring Valley: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 5/6, 5/20

  • Sundays at Sardeson: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Upcoming dates: 5/7, 5/21

  • Wednesdays at the Wetland: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 5/3, 5/17

Find more details and let us know you're coming at our Volunteer page.

Notes From the Field Rain or shine, now's the time of year when we all want to get outside again. I wonder if the plants and animals that are reemerging or returning to the Driftless are enjoying as many reunions as us humans. Do bumblebee queens bump into their sisters? Do the cranes and warblers shout greetings at their old neighbors? Are the tufts of switchgrass I keep tripping over happy to see each other as they poke their green stems out of the ground? Maybe that's a stretch, but it's nice to imagine that after a long winter, we're all enjoying seeing folks we've missed. For DALC, we had that opportunity at our Spring Social a few weeks ago. It was wonderful to gather with donors, volunteers, and members of our Driftless conservation community at Three Waters Reserve, a site with so much life returning to it. And as we've shared in the rest of this e-news, we have tons of opportunities for connection coming up the rest of this spring. Join us out in the Driftless, and let's say hello! Emilee Martell Development Associate

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