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August News and Updates

Evenings Afield - Monitoring Stream Quality: Demonstration and Results The Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative and DALC are pleased to present the upcoming Evenings Afield. Join local Water Action Volunteers to learn how stream quality is affected by land management practices and the climate crisis. Claim your spot by registering online today. Date: September 9th, 6-8PM. Location: Cates Family Farm, 5992 County Road T, Spring Green Leaders: Mike Degen, Jean Unmuth, Dick Cates

SAVE THE DATE for Sandhill Cranes Join us for prime viewing of the Sandhill Crane migration near Spring Green on November 6 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Details to come!

Restoration in Action Volunteer with Director of Conservation Programs, Cindy Becker, at a DALC preserve this summer. RSVP to Cindy: September 11th, 8:00 – 11:00AM, Spring Valley Tract near New Glarus

Details still to be determined – we will focus on a remnant bur oak savanna.

September 18th, 8:00 – 11:00AM, Sardeson Preserve near Mineral Point Buckthorn and honeysuckle crowding out native plants are fair game this time. We’ll be focusing our activities on these species. September 25, 8:00 - 11:00, Spring Valley Tract near New Glarus We will be clearing brush and potentially burning brush piles in the oak savanna unit.

Celebrate Grasslands!

Be sure to catch the Celebrate Grasslands! exhibit with the Southern Driftless Grasslands. Since 1970, North American grassland bird populations have decreased by 53% - a loss of more than 720 million birds, and grasslands in southwest Wisconsin are vital for grassland birds. Celebrate Grasslands! is a traveling exhibit on grassland bird ecology with insights into preferred habitats, stories of migration, and protection efforts. So far, the exhibit has been hosted for one week each at public libraries in Dodgeville, Mount Horeb, and New Glarus.

We will be at the Iowa County Fair this week, at the Mineral Point Public Library September 7-14th, and at the Verona Public Library October 11-25th.

Notes From the Field Did anyone notice that I'm sending out our August e-news on September 1? Yeah, it's been that kind of a month! With the pandemic on the rise again, and summer flying by, just seems like there is hardly time to catch a breath. But DALC staff did just that last week - we got together outside review where we are at in our 3 year strategic plan and to celebrate our progress! It's been "two steps forward, one step back" for a while, but we are moving forward and it's important to pause and feel good about that. This month all of our stories are about ways you can get outside and join the DALC team to celebrate all that we've accomplished together!

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