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Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund
Monthly Update July 2021
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Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund Monthly Update

July 2021

Butterfly Milkweed and Leadplant - Photo by Pam Holy
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)       by Pam Holy

Greetings, Friends of the Prairie,

The rain we all wished for was not much, but it was enough to help bring the Prairie back to life. Plants, native and not, are doing much better. The not-natives, including Mullein, Common St. John's-Wort, Canada Thistle, and others, are keeping volunteers occupied. Many natives are also now blooming including the many milkweeds, Leadplant, Ohio Spiderwort, Purple Prairie Clover and Black-eyed Susan. If resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, then the Prairie is very able!

Chiwaukee is a complex ecosystem with the plants as the base for so much more. Dana Garrigan, a CPPF board member and professor of biology at Carthage College, is preparing an exhibit on Chiwaukee Prairie for the Kenosha Museum to open in November 2021. To help convey this complexity, he has been photographing all aspects of life on the Prairie. This month we present just a few of his photos taken at south Barnes Creek. Stay tuned for more!
Great Blue Heron - Photo by Dana Garrigan
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)                                                                                   by Dana Garrigan
Muskrat - Photo by Dana Garrigan
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)                                                                                              by Dana Garrigan
By maintaining open water in the creek, this Muskrat is creating the favorable habitat enjoyed by breeding wetland birds and migratory waterfowl. This includes Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, and Great Egrets. The pond algae in the creek is unusually thick this year because of low rain fall and the blocked opening at the lake. So, a big thanks to the Muskrat family from the geese and ducks and herons and egrets and us!
Great Egret - Photo by Dana Garrigan
Great Egret (Ardea alba)                                                                                                        by Dana Garrigan

Neighbor Stewards

Chris Kemper with an over 7-foot tall Mullein. Photo by Nancy Stoewe
Chris Kemper with his over 7-foot tall Mullein.                                                               by Nancy Stoewe
One day's collection of roadside garbage and recycling. Photo by Nancy Stoewe
One day's collection of roadside garbage and recycling.                                              by Nancy Stoewe
Nancy Stoewe and Chris Kemper were Neighbor Stewards long before there was a Steward program. Their near daily walks always include a grabber and ample collection bags, separate for garbage and recycling items. They have also cleaned up after many a teenage beer party. Of late, the miniature liquor bottles are everywhere. In addition to roadside cleanup, Nancy has deflowered many acres of Yellow Hawkweed and Chris has pulled truckloads of Mullein, Curly Dock, Garlic Mustard, and Queen Anne's Lace over the years. It is likely Chris has the height record for both Mullein and QAL.
Chris with 7-foot Queen Anne's Lace - Photo by Pam Holy
Chris with 7-foot Queen Anne's Lace                                                                                            by Pam Holy

Prairie Plant Walks

Kay McClelland at the Natural Resources Foundation walk - Photo by Pam Holy
Kay McClelland at the Natural Resources Foundation walk                                               by Pam Holy
Naturalist Kay McClelland will give you facts and fun information about native plants and the Prairie. The Chiwaukee Prairie Walks will continue once a month through September. Information includes a little history, a little geology and lots of plant names and facts. Over the months you will look at and identify more than 100 different flowering plants, grasses, and some sedges. There will be a plant list available each time as well as occasional other handouts. The remaining walks are listed below. Mark your calendar. 
 
10:00 AM on Saturday, July 17
10:00 AM on Saturday, August 21
10:00 AM on Saturday, September 18

Meet at the intersection of 121st Street and 2nd Avenue. Park on 2nd Avenue. Click here for a map. Wear good walking shoes or boots and long pants. Sunscreen, insect repellent for likely ticks, and a hat are wise. We go in light rain but not if there is lightning.

Kay McClelland, Naturalist
262-994-1939 Mobile
kaymac1939@gmail.com

Workday

Saturday, June 19,  just seven volunteers managed to fill an 8-foot truck bed with all the grapevine, Common St. John's-Wort, Curly Dock, Asparagus, Yarrow, and Mullein they pulled. Just think what we could accomplish with more volunteers!
 
Saturday, July 17 we will be back pulling a variety of invasive species. This time it will be more of a treasure hunt than crop removal. The prediction is for great weather! Mostly sunny skies with a high of 77 degrees. Winds are expected to be NNE at 9 mph. Wear old clothes, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots and gloves. Consider tick protection (there are fewer but still present), sunscreen, and a hat. Masks will not be required since we are outside the entire time. We supply tools, water, instructions, and answers to all your questions about the Prairie.
 
The workday is from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Come for part or all of it.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
We will meet on 2nd Avenue at 121st Street.
(Map at www.chiwaukee.org/about/where/)

If you would like to be notified about additional workday opportunities, plant scouting opportunities or plant identification walks, please update your preferences at the end of this email.

Workday cancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook by 8:00 AM on the workday. If you are unsure whether a workday will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether or not to attend.
If you have questions, please email or call 773-515-2772. 

Thank you for your support,
Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, Inc.

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