EMPIRE-SAUK FIELD TRIP

Field Trip: Butterflies and Wildflowers

Saturday, June 15 – 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy

Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful privately held State Natural Area, which is owned by the Savanna Oak Foundation (106 acres) and TPE (37 acres), and eased by TPE.  It is situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high-quality wetland. This time of year, we hope to see Baltimore Checkerspots and perhaps some wetland skippers. Other possible butterfly species include swallowtails, Silvery Checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on at this time of year. This is a joint trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, Southern Wisconsin Bird Alliance (SoWBA), and The Prairie Enthusiasts.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:

Long pants, a hat, water, and hiking shoes are recommended. Bring binoculars—the closer they focus, the better! (We have a few extra binoculars.)  If you would like to socialize after the walk, bring along a bag lunch.

WORK PARTY LEADER:

If you plan to attend, please let the trip leader know at least 12 hours in advance, in case of last-minute changes in the schedule or cancelation due to severe weather.  Also contact them if you have questions.

Douglas Buege & Kathie Brock (608-238-5050)

DIRECTIONS:

(4554 Pleasant Valley Road, Black Earth)  Heading south into downtown Black Earth follow County Hwy F as it turns right (west).  After a mile or so, F turns left (south). Continue on F for another 3 3/4 miles turning left onto Pleasant Valley Road.  Drive 3/4 mile (past the buildings on the right) to the state natural area sign. Park off the road.

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