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 2017 Winter Talk Series
Free and open to the public. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web site at www.bluemounds.org. All talks will be held at the Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Springdale Street in Mount Horeb (next to Culver's Restaurant). Refreshments will be served.
State Natural Areas Program
with a Focus on Properties Located in the Driftless Area
Tom Meyer, WI DNR
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM
SNAs protect the best remaining examples of Wisconsin's pre-European settlement native landscapes. Learn about the unique plants and animals you can observe locally in the often overlooked State Natural Areas.
Private Lands Conservation
Jeb Barzen, Ecologist
Thursday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Restoration challenges and opportunities in a changing landscape: case studies from WI prairie and savanna. This presentation will examine change over time in prairie and savanna ecosystems from two directions: from pre-European settlement to now and from planting through several decades of development. With these two perspectives we will explore our understanding of change in our native ecosystems and how we might use these perspectives to influence future efforts, especially on private lands where most our resources in Wisconsin are still found.
Sniffing Out Ornate Box Turtles
Rori Paloski and Rick Staffen, Conservation Biologists with WI DNR
Thursday, February 23, 7:00 PM
Rori and Rick will relate experiences using a novel technique for locating and monitoring this endangered species as well as describe its habitat needs and what landowners can do to promote and protect them.
Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic: A Product of Perspective
Steve Swenson, Aldo Leopold Foundation
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 PM
There isn't one land ethic. Personal and societal ethics change with perspective and time. Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, famously documented the evolution of his land ethic in the essay, "Thinking Like a Mountain." How did he come to write this essay? Has your land ethic changed over time? Steve Swenson, Director of Conservation at the Aldo Leopold Foundation will share Aldo Leopold's life story through historic photographs and Leopold's writings to appreciate his changed perspective on the relationship between people and land. Steve will also profile the foundation's current work that advances land ethics using Leopold legacy.
BMAP's publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is still available!
Find out more about it and how to get your copy.
Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Phone: 608-561-2627 (608-561-BMAP)