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©2016 Northeastern WI Audubon Society, Inc.

 

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Donations can be made to the WI Land Fund to support their mission, which is:
“For the benefit of Wisconsin’s native birds, plants, and animals; for the benefit of water quality, the foundations of our human society; we annually award partial grants to those who will protect Wisconsin’s declining natural areas.  We emphasize placing wild land in to permanent wilderness trust, especially near water.”

Checks can be written to "Wisconsin Land Fund" and sent to:

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Inc
310 W Walnut, Suite 350
Green Bay, WI 54303-2734

2014 is the last year this calendar will be published.
See list of grants given, below

This award winning calendar and almanac was begun 35 years ago by NE WI Audubon members as a fundraiser for wildlife habitat purchase or preservation. A portion of the proceeds continues to go to the Wisconsin Land Fund to protect our natural areas.

Dennis Prusik and his outdoor friends ply the waters and woods of Northern Wisconsin and beyond, printing for our enjoyment the best of their seasonal notes of fishing, hunting, berry picking, birding, gardening, wildflower and weather lore.

If you've never seen this great calendar before, click on the image below for a sample from previous years (our scanner was a tad bit smaller than the calendar pages, so some edges are missing).

weather friend calendar sample

 

Order From: Dennis Prusik--Dept 1A, 1701 Ninth St, Green Bay, WI 54304. Cost is $10 each (1-2 calendars), $30 total (3-5 calendars), $6 each (>5 calendars)
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While you're at it, ask Dennis how you can donate
to the Wisconsin Land Fund.

Recent grants are listed below.

Because of your generosity, the WI Land Fund was able to provide these grants.

The following 7 grants totalling $6,400 were awarded in 2013

1) $1900 for the ongoing work of the Northeastern WI Invasive Species Endowment Fund which shares its results with all WI counties.

2) $1000 to the Baraboo Range Preservation Association to facilitate a donated easement of 40 acres of intact pristine native wooded southern forest, part of the Pan Hollow Natural Area, a significant breeding area for Acadian Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush.

3) $900 to the Door County Land Trust to help purchase 40 acres of northern mesic forest and wetlands draining into the Three Springs Natural Preserve which the WI Land Fund has helped preserve with past grants. The land has been identified as part of the Groundwater Contributing Area for the federally endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. The land is on the north end of a group of State natural Areas (including Ridges Sanctuary, Mud lake State Wildlife Area, and Toft's Point) that protect the Lake Michigan shoreline north of Baileys Harbor.

4) $800 to Natural Heritage Land Trust to help purchase 382 acres of wetlands, prairies, 2 miles of wild Sugar River shoreline, and several oak savanna remnants which are considered one of the rarest of plant communities in WI and are listed as "critically imperiled" statewide and globally. Some of the wetlands are freshwater emergent types that are declining regionally and need protection. The land is near several conservation areas and other conservation easements about to be established.

5) $600 to the Northeastern Wisconsin Land Trust to help facilitate a donated easement on 342 acres of expansive grassland habitat, rolling topography, two wetlands, and forest within Marinette County. 310 of the acres are exclusively protected for wildlife habitat. Documented on the site are 46 mammals and 209 bird species, including Kirtland's Warbler, Whip-poor-will, and Peregrine Falcon. The forest includes birch, aspen, maple, cherry, red oak, hemlock, and fir, many approximately 100 years old.

6) $600 to Northwoods Land Trust to help purchase 5.62 acres of a red oak, white pine, and red pine wooded peninsula extending into Squash Lake, one of the clearest and deepest lakes in Oneida County, preserving over 4,000 feet of natural shoreline open to the public. The peninsula is directly across from a 20 acre, 3,800 foot wild shoreline forest easement protected by NWLT in 2008.

7) $600 to the River Revitalization Foundation to help purchase 40 acres of woods with over a mile of shoreline on the Milwaukee River within the city of Milwaukee. This area, known as the "Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum", is a major flyway for birds and habitat for endangered Forked Aster and Butler's Gartersnake.

The following 6 grants totalling $6400 were awarded in 2012

1) $1900 for the ongoing work of the Northeastern WI Invasive Species Endowment Fund which shares its results with all WI counties.

2) $1000 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to help purchase 160 acres of biologically diverse bluff-land buffering the Mississippi River near the confluence of the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers as well as the Tiffany Bottoms and Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Areas in southwestern Wisconsin. It contains massive rock faces, bluff prairies, hardwood forests, grasslands, and ancient burial mounds. It also holds a rich diversity of plant communities, such as dry prairie, dry cliffs, southern mesic, dry-mesic, and dry forest. Endangered Peregrine Falcons nest in the 500 ft. bluffs at this site.

3) $1000 to the Door County Land Trust to help purchase 36 acres on an isthmus of sand between the south end of Door County's Kangaroo Lake and Lake Michigan that provides critical migratory and breeding bird habitat, with one of the highest density of bird species (over 100) found in this bird rich county. Rare plant species within this area include Canada Yew, Long Spur Violet, Dune Goldenrod, and Dune Thistle.

4) $900 to the Northeastern Wisconsin Land Trust to help purchase 34 acres of wetlands known as the "Green Bay West Shore Preserve". They are part of a large complex of wetlands rimming the entire western shoreline of the bay of Green Bay due north of the city of Green Bay. This complex of wetlands is recognized as being of national importance as a critical spawning site for Lake Michigan's perch and northern pike. This site's forested wetland community is dominated by mature aspen, regenerating swamp white oak, and herbaceous species. Turk's Cap and Cardinal Flower are also present.

5) $800 to the North Central Conservancy Trust to facilitate a donated easement on 52 acres of high quality wetlands near Stevens Point. The land is within The Nature Conservancy's "Dewey/Jordan Wetlands Priority Area" that feeds the Plover River, a high quality stream originating in Marathon County that eventually empties into the Wisconsin River. Dominant communities within this land include Sedge meadow, black ash, and northern white cedar, an ecosystem uncommon in the Central Sands Region and capable of holding rare plant species.

6) $800 to Kinnickinnec River Land Trust to help purchase 4.34 acres of undeveloped land along the Kinnickinnec River (530 ft.), a class 1 trout stream, in the small city of River Falls. This land is located within the Kinnickinnec River Land Trust's "Olympia-Quarry Road Conservation Area", one of four such priority conservation areas in the Kinnickinnec River watershed. It holds a small area of oak savanna and is frequented by Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, and Osprey.

The following 9 grants totalling $6,400 were awarded in 2011:
 
 
 
1) $1900 for the ongoing work of the Northeastern WI Invasive Species Endowment Fund which shares its results with all WI counties.
 
 
2) $800 to the Baraboo Range Preservation Association to help facilitate an easement on 30 acres of prairie grass and forest with a spring fed creek bordering Pine Hollow State Natural Area, a DNR "significant songbird nesting site" for many birds, including the endangered Worm-eating Warbler.
 
 
3) $700 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to help facilitate a donated easement on 168 acres of oak savanna, wooded hillsides, cliffs, sedge meadow, and wetlands for the benefit of open grassland birds and ecosystems considered "globally imperiled" by the WI DNR.
 
 
4) $600 to the Northwoods Land Trust to facilitate a donated easement on 3,195 forested acres in Oneida County, covering the core ski trail area of Minocqua Winter Park. The property includes about 5.4 miles of the Squirrel River, 4.4 miles of Yukon Creek, and .5 miles of Howard's Creek, a brook trout stream.
 
 
5) $500 to the North Central Conservancy Trust to facilitate a donated easement on 280 acres, including forests of northern white cedar, hardwood over till ridges, sedge meadows, and alder carr surrounding Rice Lake, an unusually pristine marl-bottomed lake feeding the Plover River.
 
 
6) $500 to Mississippi Valley Conservancy to facilitate a donated easement on 380 acres of productive agricultural fields, tracts of native forest, bluff prairie remnants and meadows sited on a bluff towering 500 ft. above and along side of the Mississippi River where endangered Peregrine Falcons nest.
 
 
7) $500 to Ozaukee Washington Land Trust to help purchase 73 acres of rolling farmland and wooded areas with a quarter mile of shoreline on the Milwaukee River, a major river in SE WI whose fishing, water quality, and basin health is on the rebound.
 
 
8) $500 to Door County Land Trust to help purchase 11 acres of old growth hemlock, white pine and mature hardwoods, rolling topograpy on karst bedrock, and a healthy understory with abundant ephemerals on the Niagara Escarpment to add to their Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve.
 
 
9) $400 to Tall Pines Conservancy to facilitate a donation of 4/10 acre of forest land with an ephemeral pond and 65 ft. of wild shoreline on Waukesha County's North Lake.
 
The following 6 grants totalling $3,900 were awarded in 2010
 
 
 
1) $400 to the Natural Heritage Land Trust to help purchase 100 acres adjoining the Empire Prairies State Natural Area in southern Wisconsin.  This property has four prairie remnants, including a very high-quality dry mesic-prairie, and harbors the state-endangered red-tailed leaf hopper.
 
 
2) $500 to the Natural Heritage Land Trust to facilitate the partial donation of a conservation easement on 80 acres in the Black Earth Creek watershed, a designated class 1 trout stream in Dane County.  It is surrounded by hundreds of nearby acres in public trust, or with privately held conservation easements.  The property has a small area of restorable dry prairie, a rare ecosystem in Wisconsin.  Within the dry prairie, a population of Hill's Thistle (a state threatened species) has already been identified.
 
 
3) $600 to the North Central Conservancy Trust to help place a donated conservation easement on 16 acres in Portage County.  The property fronts one of the few minimally developed lakes in Portage County.  The properly is also surrounded by a tamarack swamp with rare orchids and pitcher plants that is the headwaters of the Tomorrow River.  The property supports a mature hardwoods forest and a pristine tamarack bog, and floating bog mat with wild cranberries, a rare ecosystem in central Wisconsin.
 
4) $700 to the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust to help place a donated conservation easement on 34 acres in Marinette County.  The Little Wausaukee River, a crystal clear class 1 trout stream meanders through the entire length of the property.  The Land Trust and the property owner are developing a management plan to restore the property to pre-European settlement native forest habitat.  The state threatened wood turtle has been found nearby.  Native brook trout reproduce naturally in this river.
 
5) $800 to the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust to help purchase 112 acres along the famed Kinnickinnic River, a class 1 trout stream and an "outstanding resource water", both the highest classifications of rivers in Wisconsin.  The property is within the DNR's Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area.  It will be restored to be available to the many  local endangered and threatened plants in need of habitat.
 
6) $900 to the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust to facilitate the donation of conservation easements on 142 acres of land in Oconto County.  This property will protect 2,600 ft. of shoreline as well as two intact islands on Archibald Lake.  It is surrounded by the Nicolet National Forest and will provide a substantial buffer for an active Great Blue Heron rookery in the adjacent Cathedral of the Pines State Natural Area.
 
Due to the economy, no grants were dispersed for 2009 but the Fund did continue its pledge to the Northeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Endowment Fund.
See our August 2008 newsletter for a description of that year's grants from the fund. We are not posting earlier grants on this site.
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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