Announcements

 

NEW! Arbutus Oaks SNA botany blitz

posted May 23, 2016, 2:52 AM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated May 23, 2016, 2:57 AM ]

The first 2016 botany blitz will be led by Robert Freckmann on Saturday, June 4 blitz at Arbutus Oaks State Natural Area.  From the WDNR website:  “Situated just south of Arbutus Lake, Arbutus Oaks supports over one mile of undeveloped lakeshore with both oak and white pine over 90 years in age. Although this SNA is not very large, it is important for its scenic, aquatic, and terrestrial features and two rare birds are known from the area. Dominant natural communities of this site include a southern dry-mesic forest and a small area of white pine-red maple swamp. Long-term management goals are to provide a large area of structurally and functionally diverse, older, intact and connected forest comprised of old-growth mixed hardwood and conifer species. Management will also focus on preserving coarse woody debris and retaining dead snags for wildlife habitat and structural diversity. Arbutus Oaks is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010” (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=610).

 

Directions:  meet at 10 a.m. at the Cenex station on the north side of Hatfield on highway J about a quarter mile east of junction with highway K.  For those coming from the south using Interstate 94, take highway 54 at Black River Falls east 4 miles, then K north about 7 miles through Hatfield to J, then right on J.  For anyone arriving late, they can find us by taking W. Clay School Road east from K about 2 .5 miles to Campground Road, then north on Campground Road to the boat-landing and campground.  We will probably start by walking the gated road to the west which parallels the SNA, but is about 0.2 mile south of the SNA boundary.  Suggested items to bring along:  field guide, insect/tick repellent, drinking water, sack lunch, camera, binoculars, pencil/pen, notepad.

 

Please forward this announcement to other potential blitz volunteers who may be interested in attending.  The blitz information is also posted under “Announcements” on the BCW website (https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/news) and the BCW Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BotClubWis/). 

 

 

Arbutus Oaks SNA (#610)

Clark County

June 4, 2016

Robert Freckmann

Winchester Meadow SNA (#661)

Winnebago County

August 20, 2016

Thomas Eddy

 

Lastly, a friendly reminder to register for the BCW annual meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, two miles west of the City of Ashland on Lake Superior’s beautiful Chequamegon Bay in Bayfield County!  To learn more about the annual meeting, visit the BCW’s homepage:  https://sites.google.com/site/botanicalclubofwisconsin/home

 

To open and print out an annual meeting registration form, navigate to:  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxib3RhbmljYWxjbHVib2Z3aXNjb25zaW58Z3g6NWU1MTRjYjI0M2UxNTUwOA

                                                                                                                                                                  

NEW! Wisconsin Botany Trivia Night - May 10

posted Apr 25, 2016, 12:05 PM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 12:13 PM ]

The Wisconsin State Herbarium and the Botanical Club of Wisconsin present:  Wisconsin Botany Trivia Night!

 

Please join us on Tuesday May 10th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for an evening that is sure to be both a fun and educational! Wisconsin Botany Trivia! All questions will be related in some way to the plants of Wisconsin!  Categories will include:

  • Name That Plant
  • Native or Non-native?
  • Uncommon Common Names
  • Spring Ephemerals
  • Oddities of the Wisconsin Flora
  • Natural Communities of Wisconsin
  • What’s in a Name?
  • and more!

 

Come to test your knowledge and to learn more about the flora of Wisconsin!  No need to have a team beforehand.  Teams of 3-4 participants will be formed on site.  Refreshments will be provided!

 

What: Wisconsin Botany Trivia!

 

Where: Room 158, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

 

When: Tuesday May 10, 2016. 6:30-8:30 pm.

 

Who: Open to the public

 

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427). 

 

NEW! Rare Plant Monitoring Program Training Session Announced

posted Apr 12, 2016, 1:59 PM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 2:00 PM ]

The Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program gives plant enthusiasts an opportunity to conduct surveys for rare plants around the state. The information these volunteers collect is used to assess plant population trends during state and national conservation efforts.

 Program participants are trained in surveying techniques, including how to accurately estimate large plant populations, assess habitat condition, and use GPS coordinates to locate and mark rare plant populations. Plant identification training will not be provided.

Free mandatory training sessions will be held at four locations around the state. All first-time participants must attend one session. See dates and locations below, and check the Volunteer About page for information on what it takes to participate. To sign up for a training session please contact Program Coordinator, Kevin Doyle. If you have already taken the training, contact Kevin to schedule your 2016 surveys.


2016 Training sessions:

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area: May 7th, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Vilas County Courthouse: May 8th, 12:00am-3:00pm

Kohler-Andrae State Park: May 14th, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Devil’s Lake State Park: May 15th, 12:00pm-3:00pm


To sign up for a training session or schedule a survey please contact the Program Coordinator by phone (608-267-9788) or email (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov).

NEW! April 12 BCW Social Event!

posted Apr 1, 2016, 9:11 AM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 9:14 AM ]

The Botanical Club of Wisconsin will be doing something a little different this month - a social event to get together with and get to know other Wisconsin botanists. Our April 12 (Tuesday) meeting will be held at Next Door Brewing Company on the near east side of Madison. Stop by and meet other plant enthusiasts, discuss ideas for future meetings, and plan an early season botanical foray to see the spring wildflowers.

What: Social event

Where: Next Door Brewing Company, 2439 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI

When: 6:30-8:00pm.

Who: Open to the public

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

NEW! Botany Greenhouse Tour

posted Feb 22, 2016, 3:43 PM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 3:50 PM ]

Botanical Club of Wisconsin – March 2016 Meeting

 

Has the winter got you down and hankering to see some green?  Please join us on Tuesday March 8th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for a tour of the Botany Greenhouse (http://www.botany.wisc.edu/plant-growth-facilities.htm).  The Botany Greenhouse has served as a laboratory of learning and oasis of tranquility for generations of University of Wisconsin-Madison students.  The eight rooms encompass over 8,000 square feet and feature more than 1,000 species comprising distinct aquatic, desert and tropical communities.  The tour will be led by Mo Fayyaz, Director of the Greenhouse and Botanical Garden and a Distinguished Faculty Associate in the Department of Botany.  We will meet in Room 158 Birge Hall for a brief introduction and then head down to the greenhouse.

 

What:  Tour of the UW-Madison Department of Botany Greenhouse

 

Where:  Room 158, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

 

When:  Tuesday March 8th, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Who:  Open to the public

 

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

 

NEW! The Prairie Enthusiasts' Annual Conference and Banquet

posted Jan 22, 2016, 5:32 AM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 5:32 AM ]

Registration is open for The Prairie Enthusiasts' Annual Conference and Banquet scheduled for February 20 in Madison, WI.  See details below.

                                                                                                                                                                                


 

EVENT:  28th Annual Prairie Enthusiast Conference and Banquet

 

DATE:  February 20

 

LOCATION:  Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, WI

 

 

"Connecting & Caring for the Land"

 

We invite you to join us for our annual gathering of volunteers, landowners, professionals and scientists from across the Upper Midwest to share our knowledge and passion about protection, restoration and management of prairies and oak savannas. This year's conference, "Connecting and Caring for the Land", will be held on February 20th at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Madison, WI and hosted by the Empire-Sauk Chapter. 


The program includes educational sessions on the basics of prairie and oak savanna ecosystems, the latest fascinating scientific research results, and practical tips from experienced management and protection experts. 

 

Featured in a plenary talk, Professor Ellen Damschen will speak about her research on how global changes (including climate) affect the movement and distribution of plant and animal species of local prairie and oak savanna systems. In our keynote address, Dr. Curt Meine and Chloris Lowe will tell the amazing story of the Sauk Prairie, including its fascinating natural and human history and future from both First Nations and European perspectives.

 

The direct link for conference info and registration is http://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/index.htm

NEW! Galium (Rubiaceae) Workshop

posted Jan 19, 2016, 1:00 PM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 1:00 PM ]

Please join us on Tuesday February 9th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for a workshop on the bedstraws (Galium: Rubiaceae) of Wisconsin by John Zaborsky, Botany graduate student.  Bedstraws, known for their whorled leaves and prickly stems, are a common component of forests and wetlands throughout the state and can be difficult to tell apart.  This workshop will cover all species known to occur in Wisconsin and allow participants to work with specimens of the most common species.  You are encouraged to bring your own specimens that you may be puzzling over!

 

What: The Genus Galium in Wisconsin (John Zaborsky)

 

Where: Room 243, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus.

 

When: February 9, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Who: Open to the public

 

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options: http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu; 608 890-1427).

NEW! Wisconsin Rare Plant Preservation Fund Grant

posted Jan 19, 2016, 12:31 PM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 12:33 PM ]

Wisconsin Rare Plant Preservation Fund applications due 1 February

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin endowment fund helps protect Wisconsin’s floral gems


For immediate release

January 19, 2015

 

Hairy beardtongue. Small flowered grass-of-Parnassus. Zigzag bladderwort. These are just three mythical-sounding plants of more than 300 rare plants in Wisconsin that could get a boost in status thanks to the Wisconsin Rare Plant Preservation Fund, managed by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. The fund supports the restoration, monitoring, inventorying and preservation of rare plant species in Wisconsin.

 

“We are fortunate in Wisconsin to have such diversity in rare plants,” said Jim Bennett, a botanist and Foundation board member who created the fund in 2006. “By their very nature, rare plants need our help to ensure they don’t disappear forever. My hope with this fund is that someday these important organisms are no longer rare—or that we have a better idea of how to preserve them.”

 

Over the past few years, the Wisconsin Rare Plant Preservation Fund has supported research on the demography and preservation of the federally threatened dune thistle (Cirsium pitcher) in Door County, woolly milkweed (Asclepias lanuginosa) surveys, and most recently a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website on the state’s rare lichens. The new lichen website provides natural resources professionals and the general public educational tools to learn about—and help conserve—lichens. Applications for 2016 funding are due Feb. 1 and can be in support of any of Wisconsin’s rare plants, from rare lichen all the way up to rare trees, Bennett said.

 

“Our native plants provide the foundation on which so many of our insects, birds and other wildlife depend for their survival, and make up the living fabric of our wetlands, savannas, woodlands and prairies,” said Camille Zanoni, Foundation development director. “The Foundation is deeply grateful to Mr. Bennett for helping to ensure the future conservation of Wisconsin’s native plants and natural communities through this endowed fund.”

 

Applicants must demonstrate their project focuses on a rare plant in the state. Applications are welcome from state agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals. To apply, visit WisConservation.org, or contact Caitlin Williamson, Foundation program and development coordinator, at grants@wisconservation.org.

 

# # #

 

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. Learn more at www.WisConservation.org.

 

Contact

Lindsay Renick Mayer

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

lindsay.mayer@wisconsin.gov

608-266-3138 (office)

202-422-4671 (cell)

NEW! AIS Position with River Alliance

posted Jan 12, 2016, 11:25 AM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 11:33 AM ]

River Alliance is looking for a talented Aquatic Invasive Species professional to join our team of staff and board members who are passionate about and committed to healthy rivers!  Check out the attached job description and apply by Feb 12th.  Please forward to anyone who might be interested.

 

http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/images/PDF/AISDirectorPD_2016.pdf

NEW! Bryophyte Workshop

posted Dec 23, 2015, 6:26 AM by BCW Native Plant Society   [ updated Dec 23, 2015, 9:47 PM ]

Please join us on Tuesday January 12th in Birge Hall on the UW-Madison campus for a workshop on the bryophytes of Wisconsin by Jeff Rose, Botany graduate student and bryophyte enthusiast. 

Wisconsin is home to over 500 species of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) scattered in a diverse array of habitats, yet few botanists take the time to study these diminutive plants.  With its complex geological history, Wisconsin provides plenty of habitats suitable for bryophyte diversity; from globally rare glacial relicts in the Driftless Area, to hyper-bryophyte diverse white cedar swamps.


Bryum caespiticium Hedw.  (T. L. Eddy photo)

Because they are understudied, examination of bryophytes provides ample opportunity to obtain many distributional records, including new state records! We will cover what is and is not a bryophyte, basics of bryophyte morphology and identification, and introduce some common bryophytes of Wisconsin and how to easily recognize them in the field.  You are encouraged to bring your own samples to identify!  We will meet in a teaching laboratory and dissecting microscopes will be available for use.

 

What: Introduction to the Bryophytes of Wisconsin (Jeff Rose)

 

Where: Room 122, Birge Hall, UW Madison Campus. More about visiting the herbarium here.  

 

When: January 12, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Who: Open to the public  

 

Please check this site for free on campus after-hours parking options: http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 

Questions? Contact Kevin Doyle (kevinf.doyle@wisconsin.gov; 608 358-8867) or Mary Ann Feist (mfeist@wisc.edu608 890-1427).

 

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