Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund
Monthly Update December 2021
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Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund Monthly Update

December 2021

Swamp Milkweed and Monarch - Photo by Dana Garrigan
Monarch nectaring on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)                          by Dana Garrigan

Happy Holidays, Friends of the Prairie,

We have had enough of sad thoughts and bad news for some time now. This is the season when we all want to entertain happy thoughts and good news. And we are getting good news about a beloved creature that weighs less than a gram. You guessed it, the amazing Monarch butterfly, the only butterfly that migrates like birds. Monarchs from this area take up to two months flying 50-100 miles a day, with the record 265 miles in a day, to reach their winter home in Mexico. Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains winter in southern California. So, what's the good news? Both eastern and western winter homes are recording increased numbers! Last year, California recorded only 2,000, this year over 100,000! That is the highest number in years. It is most definitely good news, encouraging news, but no time to relax. 

Monarchs used to number over a million in the 1980's and 1990's. Of course, loss of habitat and agricultural chemical use has greatly reduced their numbers. But recent actions by conservation groups and people like you have slowly stemmed the losses and offered real hope for recovery. So, for a New Year's resolution to keep the good news rolling, consider introducing or adding more, native nectar plants, including milkweeds, to your gardens. Above all, have a safe and happy holiday season and start of 2022! Thank you for your interest, support and love of nature.

Kenosha Public Museum Special Exhibit

Dana Garrigan guiding a Gallery Walk - Photo by Pam Holy
Dana Garrigan guiding a Gallery Walk                                                                                       by Pam Holy
The exquisite photography of Dr. Dana Garrigan will warm and delight a winter day Dana is a member of the CPPF board and a biology professor at Carthage College. His passion for studying and photographing nature has taken him all over the world. That his passion and his lens are now aimed at Chiwaukee Prairie, is a boon to the Prairie, CPPF, and the community at large.
Chiwaukee Prairie: A Photo Journal of Preservation
Through March 6, 2022
Sundays 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mondays - Saturdays 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Annual Snail Mail Newsletter

2021 Newsletter
If you did not receive our mailing this month, you can find it on our website. It updates our mission accomplishments, offers opportunities, lists contacts, donors and all the 2021 volunteers. The mailing contained an envelope for donations since this is our once-a-year fund raiser. Donations from individuals will be matched up to $20,000 total. A measure in the Federal CARES Act grants a deduction of up to $300 in 2021 charitable donations for individuals who do not itemize deductions. CPPF is a 501(c)(3) and information on donating is at


The March 2019 Workday crew set to work up their appetites for a Chili Lunch - Photo by Pam Holy
The March 2019 Workday crew set to work up their appetites for a Chili Lunch.    by Pam Holy
Last month, no one took any photos of volunteers cutting, stacking, and herbiciding brush, spraying first year Mullein rosettes, and mowing dense patches of small brush. They all did a great job, just like the crew above!

It has been going on for over 50 years, volunteers coming out to the Prairie monthly to help this very special slice of nature stay healthy. They come outside to do the physical work of cutting and hauling brush, controlling invasives, mowing firebreaks, seed collecting, monitoring special plants, and whatever is needed to help nature thrive and make the Prairie more resilient to the effects of climate change. This year they tallied nearly 2,000 hours, and still counting. They are the superheroes and, hopefully, we will be able to resume that post workday Chili Lunch for them soon

Saturday, December 18, we will return to the same areas to continue cutting and herbiciding buckthorn and prepping it for brush pile burning in winter. The prediction is for sunshine and clouds mixed with temperatures in the low to mid 30’s. Winds are expected to be NW at 10 to 20 mph. Wear old clothes, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots and gloves. 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.
We will meet on 102nd Street just west of Lakeshore Drive
Please park on the south side of 102nd Street

(Click here for a map)
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 judgement 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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