Monthly Update – December 2019

Holiday Impostor – photo by Jay Johnson

Greetings Friends of the Prairie,

It may appear as though this sprig of green in the Savanna is trying to celebrate the season by emulating a Christmas tree. A fun scene to come upon during a quiet winter walk, but we can’t be fooled. It is actually Queen Anne’s Lace, one of the Prairie’s exotic invasives, demonstrating its tenacity. For more color, the Savanna sports red viburnum berries drooping like ornaments in front of a Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area sign. That’s it for red and green. The Prairie itself is grasses of tan and gold and copper interspersed with the dried remains of forbs in all shapes and sizes. It is quiet now. No frogs or birds or insects clamoring for attention. But they will return soon enough, as soon now the days grow longer.

As the calendar year closes, we wish you all peace and happiness shared with family and friends.

State Natural Area Ornaments – photo by Jay Johnson
Snowy December Sunset – photo by Jay Johnson

Newsletter

Our annual fundraising Newsletter is out! It details our mission accomplishments in 2019, plans for 2020, lists of volunteers and donors, as well as expressions of kinship between humans and Chiwaukee Prairie. If you have not, but would like to receive a mailed copy, let us know at cppf@chiwaukee.org. The newsletter is also on our website. Please check it out here.

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www.chiwaukee.org/donate

Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Workdays

November Volunteers – photo by Eric Howe

Our November workday volunteers did a great job removing buckthorn and honeysuckle that was encroaching on two sites which are home to endangered species. This Saturday, December 21, we will be starting to clear an entire lot of invasive brush and small trees. We will have folks using brushcutters as well as hauling and dabbing. The prediction is for a partly cloudy day with a mild west breeze and a high of 40 degrees. We supply work gloves, tools, instruction, water and answers to all your questions about the Prairie. The workday is from 10AM to 1PM. Come for part or all of it.

PLEASE NOTE:
We will meet on 2nd Avenue at 121st Street.

Lunch at the Cottage at 204 -102nd Street after the workday!
Please park on the south side of 102nd 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 email volunteer@chiwaukee.org.

Workday cancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook by 8:00 AM on scheduled workdays. If you are unsure whether a workday will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether to attend.

If you have questions, email volunteer@chiwaukee.org or call 773-515-2772.

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