Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund

October 29, 2010 - Prescribed Burn
The prescribed burn crew, composed of members from The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lake County Forest Preserve District, burned 85 acres.  Photos by Jerry Ziegler.

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 2010 Jerry Ziegler

 2010 Jerry Ziegler  2010 Jerry Ziegler  2010 Jerry Ziegler

 


February 20, 2010
Brush clearing from a newly acquired piece of prairie continues!
Before and after images.

Photo by Eric Howe


January 16, 2010
Brush clearing from a newly acquired piece of prairie has begun!

Photo by Marcia Wensing


February 12, 2008
2007 Certificate Of Honor Awarded to Sue Tragesser

2007 Certificate Of Honor Awarded to Sue Tragesser
 


November 9, 2007 - Prescribed Burn conducted by The Nature Conservancy

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 2007 Lori Artiomow  2007 Lori Artiomow  2007 Lori Artiomow
 2007 Lori Artiomow  2007 Lori Artiomow


September 15, 2007
Picnic at the Prairie following seed collection.
 2007 Eric Howe  2007 Eric Howe
 2007 Eric Howe  2007 Eric Howe

June 16, 2007
Breakfast for the volunteers.

 2007 Marcia Wensing   2007 Marcia Wensing   2007 Marcia Wensing


November 18, 2006
A heartfelt thanks to one of our many great volunteers for the donation of a new DR Mower.  Thank you John!

 2006 Eric Howe


October 21, 2006
Seed Collecting

 2006 Eric Howe   2006 Eric Howe
 2006 Eric Howe


September 16, 2006
Annual Fall Picnic
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 2006 Eric Howe  2006 Eric Howe


February 21, 2006
CPPF's 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Stan Rosenstiel at the CPPF Annual Dinner

 2005 Eric Howe


February 19, 2005
CPPF's 2004 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Alan Eppers
 2005 Eric Howe


September 18, 2004 - Work Party and Annual Picnic for the Volunteers

 2004 Eric Howe Click here for more pictures


January 17, 2004 - Barnes Prairie
Volunteers at the Barnes Prairie -  2004 Eric Howe


November 15, 2003
Brush Cutting

Short-eared Owl -  2003 Eric Howe  Short-eared Owl -  2003 Eric Howe
Short-eared Owl in flight

Volunteers -  2003 Eric Howe  Volunteers -  2003 Eric Howe

Volunteer treating stumps -  2003 Eric Howe


September 20, 2003
Seed Collecting and Picnic for the Volunteers

Seed Collecting - Photo by Eric Howe   Fall Picnic - Photo by Eric Howe   Fall Picnic - Photo by Eric Howe

Downy Gentian -  2003 Eric Howe
Downy Gentian
 


August 18, 2003

Seed Collecting -  2003 Eric Howe   Liatris and Allium in bloom  -  2003 Eric Howe
Seed Collecting

 2003 Eric Howe
Pandora Sphinx Moth larvae (Eumorpha pandorus)
 

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October 19, 2002

Volunteers cutting and treating buckthorn - Photo by Eric Howe     Volunteers cutting and treating buckthorn - Photo by Eric Howe

September 21, 2002 - Work Party and Annual Picnic for the Volunteers

Fall Picnic - Photo by Eric Howe Click for more pictures

August 17, 2002

Girl collecting seeds - photo by E. Howe
Girl collecting seed for areas undergoing restoration this fall.

Learning about seed collection - photo by E. Howe
High school students learning the various plants for seed collection.

 

September 15, 2001

Seed Collecting 2001 - photo by E. Howe     Seed Collecting before the 2001 Annual Fall Picnic for the Volunteers

A tagged Monarch Butterfly - photo by John Harbeck
   Cathy Chybowski, John Rock, and Eric Howe tag Monarch Butterflies - photo by John Harbeck  Five out of the 97 tagged that day were found in Mexico wintering colonies, a distance of over 1730 miles!  A marvelous feat, helped powered by the Joe Pye Weed and Showy Goldenrods. 

Monarch tagged in 2002 - photo by E. Howe (67499 bytes)     Example of a Monarch tagged in 2002


March 2001 - Barnes Prairie

2001 March 17 Barnes Prairie Work Party - group photo by Marcia Wensing     Chipping brush - photo by E. Howe     Eric in brusher gear -  photo by Marcia Wensing

January 20, 2001 Work Day at Barnes Prairie

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One long brush pile.  This will be chipped and removed on future work days

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Smaller growth can be more efficiently cut mechanically

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Careful herbicide treatment to the cut surfaces will greatly reduce re-sprouting of the buckthorn and other invasive shrubs.  With sunlight able to penetrate the ground once again, sedges, grasses and forbs will grow back with vigor providing sufficient fuel. Prescribed burns will then be able to prevent the fire-intolerant shrubs from taking over and shading out this prairie again.

UPDATE - Summer 2001- With the shade now gone, the areas we had cleared are now showing the vigorous return of sedges and forbs, including Mountain Mint, Wild Bergamot, Wild Indigo, etc.

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