EMPIRE-SAUK: REVIVING A LOST PRAIRIE LANDSCAPE
Iowa County Field Trip
Saturday, August 12 – Noon to 4:00 PM
Location: Mounds View Grasslands
Come for a long hike into TPE’s 830-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve. We will see the progress being made in bringing back to life degraded remnant prairies, converting non-native cool-season grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps, and planting agricultural fields to prairie. We will be encountering rich displays of mid-summer prairie flowers. Along the way, will also have opportunity to observe and hear many uncommon grassland birds, as well as butterflies and bumblebees.
WHAT TO BRING:
Be prepared for a long hike (some off trail) and occasional steep slopes. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, long pants, sturdy shoes, and binoculars.
Address is 8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld. From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn). (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight-ahead road becomes County Z. Stay on F.)
If you plan to attend, please let the trip leader know at least 12 hours in advance, in case of changes in the schedule or cancelation due to severe weather, should they occur. Also contact them if you have questions.
Rich Henderson – (608) 845-7065 or EMAIL