How to Help

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Buckthorn Removal Sessions 2019

Our birds and wildlife are in trouble and loss of habitat is the leading cause. Fall is the time to work on Buckthorn, which is a big problem in our area. These small trees become so dense that nothing can grow beneath, resulting in bare soil and erosion. The habitat that Buckthorn offers to birds is considered to be of poor quality and nests suffer more predation. The fruit offers little nutrition because of the laxative effect on the birds. No experience is necessary. This will be a great opportunity to learn to identify the plant and how to control its spread. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Bring work gloves. All equipment will be supplied. All sessions will run from 9 – 11 am. Cancelled in the event of steady rain. Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Sometimes we are pulling in areas with stinging nettle plants. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com.

PEEBLES TRAIL
Meet at the intersection with Prairie Road about ¼ mile south of Winnebago Drive.
Thursday, October 17; Tuesday, October, 22; Thursday, October 24; and Saturday, October 26

What is Buckthorn?

Buckthorn is one of the most invasive non-native plants in our local prairies, woodlands, and yards. It shades and crowds out native plants, creating a dense, dull monoculture with barren erosive soil beneath. Fall is the best time to target the plant for removal. Join the work parties to help us restore the habitat along the Peebles Trail.

Buckthorn was brought to this country from Germany in the 19th century. The small tree/shrub makes a good hedge and the berries have a laxative effect. Over the years, the berries have been spread by birds and now buckthorn can be found all over our city and county. The problem comes from a lack of natural controls such as insects that might eat it, and results in thick infestations that crowd out native species.

Garlic Mustard Removal Sessions 2020

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING 2020. Many citizens enjoy the Peebles Trail and our local parks. Unfortunately these natural areas are becoming choked with invasive species. Volunteers work together to eradicate aggressive invasive plants including buckthorn and garlic mustard, which threaten our natural areas and wildlife habitat. We all need to pitch in and help remove this aggressive invasive that is taking over our wild areas. You will learn how to identify and tackle these plants.

Dave Stetter Environmental Education Fund

Dave Stetter, a science teacher at Goodrich High School from 1967 to 2000, was a long-time member and conservation chair for Fond du Lac County Audubon Society. Dave was instrumental in developing facilities and curriculum for the Eldorado and Goodrich Nature Centers. He started an Environmental Awareness Club at Goodrich and organized the first Earth Day activities there in 1970. Dave strongly believed in hands-on outdoor education activities for youth to develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. He hoped that such experiences would promote life-long environmental ethics and activism. To honor the memory of Dave Stetter and to promote the conservation values he held so dear, Fond du Lac County Audubon, in conjunction with Dave’s family, has established a fund to support outdoor education experiences for youth. Fond du Lac Audubon plans to use these funds for environmental camp scholarships, field trips to established nature centers, or hands-on outdoor nature programs for youth. Those willing to contribute to the fund may send checks to Mike Sweney, Fond du Lac Audubon treasurer at N5545 Winnvue Ct., Fond du Lac, WI 54937. Make checks payable to Dave Stetter EE Fund.

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

This beautiful native prairie restoration will benefit from your talents and skills. Visit their website to find out how you can make a difference.

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Volunteers help to rid the prairie of alien weed species.

Audubon Board and Committees

Any interested community member is invited to attend a Board meeting to find out more about being involved; please contact Diana Beck. Our organization seeks volunteers for our Board and for Committees including marketing – Evelyn McLean-Cowan and education – Margie Winter.