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February News & Updates

Lowery Creek Watershed Events are On the Horizon

It's a busy year ahead for the Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative! Workshops, volunteer opportunities, and the ever-popular Evenings Afield educational series await. Check out the lineup of 2024 events here. More details and registration information will be coming soon, but in the meantime, mark your calendars so you don't miss out!

Free Bluebird Nest Boxes + Expert Advice!

The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) is interested in expanding the number of bluebird nest boxes set up and regularly checked on in suitable habitat. As a result, BRAW is currently offering FREE nest boxes, supplies, and site visits to Driftless landowners! Learn more and reach out to BRAW while supplies last.

Build Your Land Management Skills This Spring

There are some great training opportunities coming up soon! First, Luke Saunders of Blue Heron Stewardship is offering an abundance of chainsaw safety and efficiency courses. You can get updates by joining Luke's mailing list, or check out the sites where classes will be offered: Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, Riveredge Nature Center, Driftless Folk School, Nature's Good Company, and Dane County Parks.

Second, if you're new to prescribed burning, you can learn with the experts! Training days are being offered by the Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance and the Empire-Sauk Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts. Sign up today!

Volunteer Opportunities

Enjoy these blue skies by getting outside and making a difference at our Ambassador Properties! Join our bi-weekly volunteer workdays:

  • Weekends at Wild Oaks: 1st and 3rd Saturdays ofthe month. Upcoming dates: 3/2, 3/16

  • Sundays at Sardeson: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Upcoming dates: 3/3, 3/17

  • Wednesdays at the Wetland: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 3/6, 3/20

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

Notes From the Field

Our banner image this month is from a lovely afternoon when DALC staff and supporters gathered to spread prairie seed on a restoration site. The seed was sourced from another restored prairie, created by a pair of remarkable conservationists - stay tuned for that story in our upcoming winter-spring newsletter! It was a beautiful day (if alarmingly warm for February!), and an uplifting one. Past, present, and future all come together when planting seeds. It's a payoff for all the hard work done in previous months and years to prepare the site. It's a fun and satisfying way to enjoy a sunny day with wonderful companions. And it's a promise of good things to come, and the hope that the small efforts we make now will grow and thrive over the years. Give yourself a boost - plant some seeds this spring!

Emilee Martell

Development Associate

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