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Buckthorn Removal Fall 2021
Volunteers are needed to help remove this aggressive invasive that is taking over our wild areas.
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.
All sessions in October are from 9 am to 11 am. In November we will work from 10 am to noon. No experience is necessary. This is an opportunity to learn to identify the plant and how to control its spread. Wear a long sleeved shirt and long pants. Bring work gloves and safety glasses if available. All equipment will be supplied.
Cancelled in the event of steady rain.
Fond du Lac County Audubon Society is sponsoring these sessions:
Peebles Trail (Prairie Road)
Monday, October 18; Wednesday October 20; and Saturday, October 23
Meet on Prairie Road at the junction with the trail (about ¼ mile south of Winnebago Drive).
Peebles Trail (County Road K)
Monday, October 25; Wednesday October 27; and Saturday, October 30
Meet at the intersection with County Highway K (⅓ mile south of Winnebago Drive).
Monday, November 1; Wednesday, November 3; and Saturday, November 6
Meet at the southern end of the park on National Avenue.
Monday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 10
Meet in the new south parking lot five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Road (five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Street).
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.
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.