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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Conservation Conversations 2015
Free and open to the public. All talks (except for February 5th) will be held at the Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains , 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culvers Restaurant). Refreshments will be served.
In the event of cancellation due to adverse weather or other unavoidable circumstances, a notice will be posted here and an email will be sent to the BMAP email list. To sign up for the email list click the "Mailing List" tab above.
7PM January 22, 2015 - What's up with pollinators, and what can you do to help?
Patrick Liesch, manager of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab will discuss some of the recent trends we've been seeing when it comes to pollinators and what landowners can to to help protect and encourage these important beneficial creatures.
7PM February 5 2015, The river that flows uphill: landscape evolution, stream piracy, and the history of the lower Wisconsin River
Note Different Location: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History's Research Collections and Education Center, 211 S. Blue Mounds St. in Mt. Horeb
Eric Carson of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey will fill us in with new information on the history of the Lower Wisconsin River Valley. A series of geologic features indicates that the lower Wisconsin River valley was carved by a river that flowed east, in the opposite direction of the modern river. This river, informally referred to as the Wyalusing River, drained the entire area of the modern Wisconsin and upper Mississippi Rivers into the St. Lawrence drainage basin. Come hear how this happened and how things changed.
A short tour of the Research Collections Center will be offered for those interested after the talk.
7PM February 19, 2015 - The natural history and status of Wisconsin's bats
DNR staff from the Natural Heritage Conservation group will tell us about the bats in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. We'll hear the latest information about the DNR's monitoring efforts and research, the tremendous help provided by citizen monitors, the status of White Nose Syndrome in the state and more. Your questions on all things bats are welcome and there will be a door prize awarded for the best guess of the amount of insects eaten yearly by Wisconsin bats.
7PM March 5, 2015 - BMAP Annual Meeting, Bur Oak Award and An introduction to the Native Shrubs of the Driftless Area
Rich Henderson, plant ecologist with WDNR and The Prairie Enthusiasts will share his extensive knowledge of shrub identification along with tips on how to distinguish the good" (natives) from the "bad" (invasive non-natives). It will also include information on the value the various species to native wildlife. Eighteen genera and several dozens of species will be covered. We'll also hear from the president on the health and accomplishments of BMAP and present the annual Bur Oak Award for private land stewardship.
BMAP's new publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is here!
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 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