How to Help

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Invasive Species Removal, April–June 2021

Volunteers are needed to help remove garlic mustard, dames rocket, and celandine. These plants are taking over our wild areas. This activity can be done safely in this time of the COVID-19 Virus. It is easy to social distance from other volunteers. Also, it is a wonderful way to be outdoors and help the local ecosystem.

Fond du Lac County Audubon Society is sponsoring these sessions:

Peebles Trail (Prairie Road)
Session 1: Saturday, April 24; Monday, April 26; Thursday, April 29; Saturday, May 1; Thursday, May 6; Saturday, May 8
Meet on Prairie Road at the junction with the trail (about ¼ mile south of Winnebago Drive).
Peebles Trail (County Road K)
Session 2: Thursday, May 13; Saturday, May 15; Thursday, May 20; Saturday, May 22
Meet at the intersection with County Highway K ( mile south of Winnebago Drive).

Lallier Park
Monday, May 24; Thursday, May 27; Saturday, May 29; Thursday, June 3
Meet at the southern end of the park on National Avenue.

Hobbs Woods
Saturday, June 5; Monday, June 7; Thursday, June 10; Saturday, June 12; Monday, June 14; Thursday, June 17; Saturday, June 19; Monday, June 21; Thursday, June 24; Saturday, June 26
Meet at Hobbs Woods County Park (five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Street).

Hobbs Woods
Saturday, June 5; Monday, June 7; Thursday, June 10; Saturday, June 12; Monday, June 14; Thursday, June 17; Saturday, June 19; Monday, June 21; Thursday, June 24; Saturday, June 26
Meet at Hobbs Woods County Park (five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Street).

Kettle Moraine Adopted Area
Mondays: May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31
Check with Diana Beck for directions to our meeting site in the Kettle Moraine.

All sessions will run from 9 to 11 a.m. in April and May. June sessions will run from 8 to 10 a.m. Canceled in the event of steady rain. Please bring work gloves. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended. Sometimes we are pulling in areas with stinging nettle plants. Garden boots are also helpful. Bring a dandelion fork if you own one. No experience is necessary.

For more information call 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com.

Buckthorn Removal in 2021

Volunteers are needed to help remove this aggressive invasive that is taking over our wild areas. Check back in late summer to find out when and where we will be working on eradicating buckthorn this fall.

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.

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.