EMPIRE-SAUK FIELD TRIP

Explore Shea Prairie

Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Shea Prairie

Come explore remnants of dry bluff prairies and restorations of wetlands and wet to mesic prairie of the 100-acre Shea Prairie. This is a unit of The Prairie Enthusiasts’ 830-acre Mounds View Grassland that has undergone extensive stream and wetland restoration beginning in 2012. On the hike, we are likely to find the endangered regal fritillary butterfly along with many other butterflies, bumblebees, and dragonflies. A great diversity of high summer prairie wildflowers should be in bloom, including rosinweed, compass plant, rattlesnake master, prairie blazingstar, lilies, and many more.

 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Be prepared for a long hike, some off trail.

WHAT TO BRING:

We recommend long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and water.

FIELD TRIP LEADER:

If you plan to attend, please let the trip leaders know at least 12 hours in advance, in case of changes in the schedule or cancelation due to severe weather, should they occur. To RSVP and if you have questions, please contact trip leader Rich Henderson at this EMAIL or at (608) 845-7065.

DIRECTIONS:

Address is 3095 Mounds View Road, Barneveld. From US Highway 18/151, 1.5 miles west of Blue Mounds, turn south on Mounds View Road. Proceed on Mounds View for 2.5 miles to where it joins briefly with Prairie Grove Rd. Stay with Mounds View and go another 0.7 miles south. Look for the kiosk and parking lot on the left.

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