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Buckthorn Removal Sessions Fall 2020
Fire up, Weed Warriors! Late fall is the best time to work on the invasive Buckthorn. The sap is going down to the roots and it is one of the last plants to keep its leaves.
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 in October are from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. In November, we will work from 10 am–noon. Cancelled in the event of steady rain.
Peebles Trail (Prairie Road)
Meet on Prairie Road at the junction with the trail (about ¼ mile south of Winnebago Drive).
Saturday, October 17; Monday, October 19; and Wednesday, October 21
Peebles Trail (County Road K)
Meet at the junction of County K with the trail (about 1⁄3 mile south of Winnebago Drive).
Saturday, October 24; Monday, October 26; and Wednesday, October 28
Meet at the southern end of Lallier Park on National Avenue, ¼ mile south of 4th Street.
Saturday, October 31; Monday, November 2; and Wednesday, November 4
Meet in the parking lot. Hobbs Woods is five miles south of Fond du Lac on Hickory Road.
Saturday, November 7; Monday, November 9; and Wednesday, November 11
For more information call 920-922-7931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Pulls in Spring 2021
Volunteers are needed to help remove this aggressive invasive that is taking over our wild areas. Check back in spring to find out when and where we will be pulling garlic mustard.
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.