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Julie Raasch

EVENTS AND SEASONAL PROGRAMS

All events are open to the public and open to participants of all ages unless indicated otherwise. Many of our events will take you to private lands and will showcase well-managed, protected habitats of all kinds.

Upcoming Events

All events are open to the public and open to participants of all ages unless indicated otherwise. Many of our events will take you to private lands and will showcase well-managed, protected habitats of all kinds.

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Summer Property Tours

Our summer property tours and potlucks are the cornerstone (or better said "keystone") of our BMAP community. Each summer we organize three potluck outings to BMAP member properties. Gather with us to share land management techniques, hear habitat preservation stories, and hike through varied landscapes in camaraderie with other BMAP members.

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BMAP Work Parties

Unite your efforts with a team of BMAP Members to complete a project on your own or on other BMAP Member properties. This is a great opportunity to learn about or to share your knowledge of the varied practices of land stewardship through hands-on experience.

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Walk with a Naturalist

Join us for a Walk with a Naturalist! You will meet a naturalist at a local, public natural area for a two-hour walk to explore the area and discuss plant life, birds, butterflies or wildlife we may encounter along the way. Nurture your curiosity and join us to learn about these places that are available to you.

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Workshops and Special Events

We occasionally organize and offer classes and workshops on plant ID, trail building, seed starting, conservation legacy options, or other "habitat preservation on private lands" educational activities. Open and active workshops can all be found listed below in our Upcoming Events.

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Conservation Conversations:
Winter Lecture Series

In the long, winter months of January and February BMAP hosts a series of three lectures presented by conservation professionals, storytellers, advocates, or educators. Though the themes or topics vary, they all help illuminate our shared dedication and connection to the Southwestern WI landscape.

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Upcoming Events

  • BMAP Work Party: Margarita (Mar) Zamora
    Sun, Jun 05
    Mineral Point
    Join Mar Zamora for our a BMAP Work Party! Join a group of BMAP members to weed invasive garlic mustard, wild parsnip, and cut multiflora rose and other brush. Check the event details for work day specifics: host contact info, expected work, and tools to bring (should you have them).
  • Summer Property Tour 1: Stephen Fabos and April Prusia
    Sat, Jun 11
    Dorothy's Range
    Our property is known as Dorothy's Range. It is 78 acres of mostly upland prairie/oak savanna. There is also a small sedge meadow with the headwaters of a cold water stream. We have done extensive restoration work on the property since 2005.
  • BMAP Work Party: Tracey & Scott Gross
    Sun, Jun 12
    Ridgeway
    Join Tracey and Scott Gross for a BMAP Work Party! Join a group of BMAP members to work in their prairie and woodland to remove invasive plants and brush. Check the event details for work day specifics: host contact info, expected work, and tools to bring (should you have them).
  • Walk with a Naturalist:  Barneveld Prairie State Natural Area - Botham tract
    Sun, Jun 26
    Barneveld
    Join Naturalist Rob Schubert for a walk at the Botham tract of Barneveld Prairie State Natural Area .
  • Walk with a Naturalist:  Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area
    Sat, Jul 02
    Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie
    Join Naturalist Pat Trochell for a walk at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie State Natural Area.
  • Summer Property Tour 2: Tracey and Scott Gross
    Sat, Jul 09
    Tracey and Scott Gross
    A cold-water stream flows from south to north on the eastern property boundary and separates a spruce and evergreen planting from the larger property. In the past three years, the bottomland was cleared of large stands of boxelder, honeysuckle, and buckthorn to restore wet prairie.
  • Walk with a Naturalist:  York Prairie State Natural Area Marbleseed Unit
    Sat, Jul 23
    Blanchardville
    Join Naturalist Cindy Becker for a walk at York Prairie State Natural Area Marbleseed Unit.
  • Summer Property Tour 3: Caroline Beckett and Frank Sandner
    Sat, Aug 27
    Beckett and Sandner Residence
    We steward our 66-acre property that supports oak woodland, prairie, and a pasture-to-prairie conversion. We’ve been working with the WI DNR to establish pollinator- and wildlife-friendly prairie areas as well as converting our woods to habitat for woodland critters and plants.
  • BMAP Annual Picnic and Bur Oak Award Presentation
    Sat, Sep 10
    Brigham County Park: Shelter #1
    On September 10th (time TBD) join BMAP members from across southern WI to celebrate another successful year of stewardship. We'll begin with a short overview of BMAP's accomplishments and future vision, before honoring before honoring this year's Bur Oak Award recipients. Stay for a potluck meal!
  • Natural Communities of Southwestern WI
    see Event Schedule for dates and times
    see Event Schedule for dates and times
    This is an exclusive opportunity for BMAP and Botanical Club of WI members to work on plant ID, to become familiar with the plant communities of southwestern WI, and to learn in camaraderie. BMAP and Club members receive priority registration beginning March 7, then opens to the public on March 21.