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Spring wild flowers and workday at Androne Woods. Saturday, May 1, 2021 9:00 am to noon
Meet at the preserve parking lot at 6705 W. Cleophas Rd. Beloit, WI. Participants can enjoy the display of wildflowers and, if so desired, assist the Rock County conservationists and Green-Rock Audubon Society volunteers with controlling garlic mustard, an invasive plant that is detrimental to the native plant community. Garlic mustard at this time of year is beginning to flower so hand-held propane torches will be used to burn the above ground part of the plant. Participants assisting with garlic mustard control should bring gloves and wear appropriate work clothes. The Green-Rock Audubon Society will provide the necessary equipment and instructions on its use.
Wildflower / birding hike at Androne Woods. Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:00 am to noon
Meet at the preserve parking lot at 6705 W. Cleophas Rd. Beloit, WI Androne Woods is a 16 acre parcel owned and managed by the Green-Rock Audubon Society. Because this section of walnut and oak woods was never grazed, the woods preserve several species of spring wildflowers and other plants no longer common to southern Wisconsin including abundant displays of false Solomon’s seal, wild geraniums, trilliums, orchids and ferns.
Hiking is easy and there will be many opportunities to observe birds along with the wildflowers.
Protecting land with conservation easements.
The Green-Rock Audubon helps protect seven acres located along the shores of Decatur Lake in Brodhead, Wisconsin. Theodore Odell placed a conservation easement on this property in 2005 to preserve and protect the conservation values of the property. The Green-Rock Audubon Society holds this conservation easement and has the responsibility to assure that the terms of the easement are maintained perpetually into the future. To this end, the society must make an annual visit to the property to make sure the covenants specified in the easement are being maintained.
Norm Aulabaugh and Eva Kuzmanich performed this inspection for 2019 and certified the terms of the easement were being upheld. The Odell property has recently been donated to the Southern Wisconsin Land Conservancy which is doing a prairie restoration at the former Decatur Lake Golf Course. The Odell property is adjacent to this restoration and will be an important part of this restoration effort. The photo below is Eva Kuzmanich standing next to one of the wonderful old Oak trees on the property.
Restoration help needed.
Work involves cutting trees and brush, planting trees and shrubs, eliminating garlic mustard, mowing, etc. Work parties are usually held on Friday’s from 8 AM until noon but work is sometimes scheduled at other times. Good fellowship. Good cookies at break time. Good exercise!
The best way to participate is to let Land Manager, Victor Illichman know you would like to help. Victor can then put you on his email list and include you on his work day announcements. Then you can decide if you can help as each work day event is scheduled. Call victor, or email him with your email address. Victor will take it from there.
Phone 608-302-8113. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The group usually meets at their storage shed near 7355 Cleophas Rd. Beloit, WI.