Beautify the Native Plant Gardens at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac
Friday, May 31, 9–11 am
Volunteers are needed to help Audubon members with new plantings and maintenance of the native gardens at the Children’s Museum, 75 W Scott Street, Fond du Lac.
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Help Remove Invasive Garlic Mustard
Volunteers are needed to help remove this aggressive invasive that is taking over our wild areas. For those of you who are not sure about how to identify or how to tackle the plant, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Come to at least one pulling session or more.
Session 1: Wednesday, May 1; Friday, May 3
At the intersection with Prairie Road about ¼ mile south of Winnebago Drive.
Monday, May 6; Wednesday, May 8
At the intersection with County Highway K about ⅓ mile south of Winnebago Drive.
Friday, May 10; Monday, May 13
Meet at the southern end of the park on National Avenue (south of Fourth Street).
Thursday, May 16; Saturday, May 18;
Monday, May 20; Wednesday, May 22;
Saturday, May 25; Tuesday, May 28
Meet in the Hobbs Woods parking lot (five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Street).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Buckthorn Removal Sessions 2019
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR FALL 2019. 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.
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.
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.
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.