hairstreak butterfly on butterfly milkweed


Empire-Sauk Field Trip 

Saturday, June 17 – 10:00 AM to Noon

Location: Pleasant Valley Conservancy

Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful 143-acre, state natural area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high-quality marsh. A portion of the site is owned by TPE and the rest, which is owned by the Savannah Oak Foundation, is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by TPE. 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. 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, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip. This is a joint trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, Madison Audubon, and The Prairie Enthusiasts.


(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.


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

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