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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Upcoming Events and News
Parrish Savanna Dedication a Success
Around 50 people attended the dedication of the new Prairie Enthusiasts' Parrish Savanna preserve and State Natural Area. BMAP members and Bur Oak award winners Ken Wade and Pat Trochlell along with many others brought this project to fruition. A full account of the event and the site's history will be in the next BMAP newsletter due out soon. Pictures from the event can be found here
BMAP 2016 Winter Conservation Conversation scheduleFree and open to the public. All talks 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).
- Wetlands in the Driftless Area - 7:00 PM Thursday January 28, 2016
- Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect:
The biology and conservation of Monarch butterflies - 7:00 PM Thursday February 4, 2016
- Reptile Denizens of the Driftless Area - 7:00 PM Thursday February 18, 2016
- 60 years of change in Wisconsin prairie remnants:
Revisiting the Curtis data set - 7:00 PM March 3, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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