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NEW! December 13 - Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

posted by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated ]

Please join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday December 13th for the following presentation by Dr. Michael Nee: Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. 

 Dr. Michael Nee, Emeritus Associate Curator of the New York Botanical Garden and Richland Center native, will present his ongoing research on the flora of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.  Although Dr. Nee has spent several decades studying the plants of tropical America, including Veracruz, Mexico, and Bolivia, he has a deep interest in the vegetation of southern Wisconsin and is a prolific collector and documenter of the flora.

 Dr. Nee will discuss the nuts and bolts of conducting a floristic inventory of an area including:  

  • What criteria go into delimiting an area for floristic research.
  • Time with "boots on the ground".
  • Time in the herbarium.
  • Time on the internet.
  • Problem taxonomic groups.
  • Time depth and evaluating floristic changes.

What: Floristic Research in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.

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

When: December 13, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

Who: Open to the public

Refreshments will be provided.

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:

http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

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

NEW! November 15 - The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

posted Nov 6, 2016, 5:53 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 6:06 AM ]

Botanical Club of Wisconsin Presentation and Meeting

 

Please join the Botanical Club of Wisconsin on Tuesday November 15th for the following presentation by Paul Hlina of the Lake Superior Research Institute:  The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

 

The Bois Brule River and its watershed (Douglas Co.) remain unique and outstanding among watersheds in all of Wisconsin.  The river’s cool spring waters with an even and constant flow and the surrounding land have for centuries sustained a system of unique and threatened forest communities in Wisconsin (Pine Barrens, Cedar Swamps and Boreal Forests).  The natural communities of this watershed and their progression throughout the past 160 years will be discussed starting with the 1852 Public Land Surveys conducted by Stunz & Fellows.  This will be followed by summaries of the vegetation surveys of J. W. Thomson (1942-1944) and the forest plots of D.W. Davidson (1968-1969).  Finally, the results of the first year of a three-year ongoing study of the current status of the vegetation of the region will be presented.  Paul Hlina of the Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) will take you on a journey of the plant changes between these time periods and highlight the rich flora that still exists in the Brule River watershed today.  The current Brule River project is a large collaboration and includes botanists from a number of organizations including LSRI, the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the Illinois Natural History Survey, UW-Stevens Point, and the Minnesota DNR.

 

What: The Vegetation of the Brule River Watershed Spanning the Last 160 Years (1852 - 2016)

 

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

 

When: November 15, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Who: Open to the public

 

Refreshments will be provided.

 

Please check this site for free on-campus after-hours parking options:

http://transportation.wisc.edu/park…/Visitor_afterhours.aspx

 

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

 

BCW & WIS Resume Monthly Meetings

posted Oct 10, 2016, 12:54 PM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 12:59 PM ]

Beginning on Tuesday October 18th The Botanical Club of Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Herbarium, will resume our monthly meetings on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year we will have presentations on botanical inventories of the Brule River State Forest and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, a talk on the history of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, a workshop on the identification of pondweeds, and, of course, an evening of Botanical Trivia! At our first meeting, we will review the 2016 field season, focusing on interesting botanical finds. Botanists from the Wisconsin DNR and UW will share their stories and collections, but others are encouraged to share as well. Did you find an endangered orchid? How about a new county record of a nasty non-native weed? Got a plant you just can’t identify? Attendees are invited to bring in specimens or photos of plants they found this year that were rare, unusual or otherwise interesting. In addition, Mary Ann Feist, curator of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, will talk about the new Flora of Wisconsin website and discuss some of its new features and plans for further improvements. We hope that you can join us!

What: Interesting Botanical Finds from 2016/The Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin

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

When: October 18, 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! Winchester Meadow SNA botany blitz

posted Jul 29, 2016, 10:52 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ updated Jul 29, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

Photo by Eric Epstein
The second 2016 botany blitz will be led by Thomas Eddy on Saturday, August 20 at Winchester Meadow State Natural Area from 10am-3pm.  From the WDNR website Winchester Meadow features a large, open sedge meadow-marsh situated in an extensive depression northwest of Lake Winneconne. The site boasts a diverse flora composed of woolly-fruit sedge, tussock sedge, blue-joint grass, marsh bellflower, blue-flag iris, marsh fern, marsh cinquefoil, and soft-stem bulrush. Shrub cover is mostly low with numerous species of willow, white meadowsweet, and bog birch. Some of the wetter areas contain small pools with at least three species of bladderwort present. The outer portions of the meadow is mostly tussock sedge with lake sedge and slender willow while the inner region is dominated by wire-leaved sedge mixed with lesser amounts of lesser panicled sedge, Buxbaum's sedge with patches of tussock sedge and large patches of cattails and soft-stem bulrush. The site is notable for its lack of invasives. Rare animals present include northern harrier, Forester's tern, and yellow rail. Winchester Meadows is owned by the DNR. The site was purchased by the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust and later transferred to the DNR. It was designated a State Natural Area in 2012” (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=661).

Directions: 

From the intersection of Highway 150 [renamed County Road II] and Steeple Hill Road in Winchester, go west on CR II 2 miles, then south on County M 0.5 miles, then southwest on County MM 2.4 miles to a small easement access lane.  Walk west 0.15 miles into the site.  This easement access is not readily visible due to overgrown vegetation.  There is no parking area—parking will be on road next to easement.  (My yellow 2000 VW beetle will be parked there.)

Suggested items to bring along:  wellies or hip waders, field guide, insect/tick repellent, drinking water, sack lunch, camera, binoculars, pencil/pen, notepad.

 

Please forward this email 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/newwinchestermeadowsna20august) and the BCW Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BotClubWis/). 

NEW! Arbutus Oaks SNA botany blitz

posted May 23, 2016, 2:52 AM by Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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 Botanical Club of Wisconsin BCW   [ 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

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