The Blue Mounds Area Project is a community-based organization that seeks to inspire, inform and empower private landowners in the Southwestern Wisconsin region to enjoy, protect and restore native biodiversity and ecosystem health.
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BMAP Summer Excursions 2015
Each summer we arrange a public visit to a few of our members' properties to have a tour and a potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings, you bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Check this site the day of the event for information on any last minute changes or cancellations.
- Thursday June 18, 2015 6:30 PM
5599 Westmeath Lane, Blanchardville, WI
Marci and Jim Hess have 2 restored prairies and 5 acres of woods, along with a newly planted 12 acre unit which has been under preparation for two years. Their overarching purpose is biodiversity, and to that end they use monitoring and bio-inventories to inform their evolving management strategies. They'll tell us about their citizen science monitoring of bats, kestrel, bluebirds, herptiles, and insects. Marci has promised to get out the moth light once it gets dark to see what we can pull in.
- Saturday June 27, 2015 8 AM
Grassland Bird Outing at Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary
1811 Spring Rose Road, Verona WI
Mount Horeb ecologist Ben Winesett will lead us in an early morning bird walk at BMAP members John Barnes and Kelly Mattice's wildlife sanctuary. Ben is an experienced birder and has done surveys at a number of sites including Kathy and Tom Brock's Pleasant Valley Conservancy.
- Saturday July 11, 2015 4 PM
8617 Messerschmidt Road, Verona WI.
Art Auction Fundraiser for BMAP and Michael Schmitz's Prato Bello prairie restoration. Come bid on artworks donated by area artists to benefit BMAP and the Prato Bello. Music and prairie walks are in the works as well. Some pieces will be on display and available for bid or instant purchase during the months of May and June at LaMop Hair And Art Gallery 2201 Regent Street Madison Wisconsin 53726. Please confirm the gallery is open with Michael 608-843-9090. If you know of artists who might be interested in donating works to help BMAP and Michael, please let them know about this opportunity and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursday July 16, 2015 6:30 PM
473 Peerless Road, Belleville, WI
David Cordray and Debra Noell have been actively restoring their property since 2004. The land consists of 45 acres of reconstructed prairie, a 15 acre oak tree planting, and 40 acres of remnant goat prairies, oak savannas and oak woodlands. There should be plenty of blooming plants, birds, insects and interesting geological features to see. Dave and Debra were the recipients of the 2011 John Nolen Award for Excellence in Ecological Restoration Practices.
BMAP's publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is still available!
Written by former BMAP ecologist Cindy Ramseyer and president Carroll Schaal, this 60 page book gives landowners an overview of the natural and human history of the region. It then helps readers make the connection between that history and their own property by including materials and resources for recording observations about their property. The book explains how to use those observations along with the landowner's personal goals to create a simple management plan of next steps. The book has been "field tested" in several landowner workshops and has been enthusiastically received by participants.
Get your copy! New and paid-up members from 2012 and after are entitled to a free copy as long as supplies last. To save shipping costs, we are asking members to pick up their copies at any upcoming BMAP event or at the following locations (please phone ahead to make sure a copy will be waiting for you):
- The Soap Opera, 319 State Street in Madison 608-251-4051
- La Mop, 2201 Regent Street in Madison 608 231-1644
- In Dodgeville at the UW Extension Office at 303 W. Chapel Street 608-930-9850
- You can also pick up your copy, or buy additional copies at the BMAP office in Mount Horeb by special arrangement. Contact email@example.com to arrange a time.
You can view the table of contents and a short excerpt here.
This project has been supported in part by:
The Alliant Energy Foundation
The American Forest Foundation
The J.C. Bock Foundation
The Madison Whole Foods Market
The Malcolm Stack Foundation and Drifless Studio
The Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
We thank these businesses and organizations for their generous support of this project.
Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572