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Our newsletters are published regularly, and are free for you to access here. They are filled with stories of restoration projects, natural history of native plants, insects and animals, announcements of events and workshops relevant to your interests, and much more.

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Amy Alstad

BMAP Newsletters

Free to access, full of great information. 

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Winter 2021

 

Contents include BMAP President's Message looking back on 2021, the BMAP Ecologist's Report, an article detailing the crucial relationship between invertebrates and plants with management notes for land stewards, a feature introducing dedicated volunteer Brooke Lewis and the BMAP Facebook Group, a profile of the women-owned native plant nursery Two Ferns, and an article rolling out a new landowner opportunity - the BMAP Work Party.

Photo by Micah Kloppenburg

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Fall 2021

 

Contents include BMAP President's Message with updates to membership cycle and dues, articles summarizing our three 2021 Summer Property Tours, Ecologist's report on using goats for restoration, and reflections and lessons-learned from the 2021 Natural Communities Class -- a BMAP partnership with the Botanical Club of WI.

Photo by Brooke Lewis

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Spring 2021

 

Contents include BMAP President's Message, articles summarizing our three 2021 Winter Conservation Conversations, announcing the 2021 Bur Oak Award winners John Barnes and Kel Mattice (Prairie Spirit Farm), a remembrance of a dedicated BMAP member and educator extraordinaire Lalay Ohlrogge, resources for and reflections on phenology, how to create a native habitat oasis in an urban homestead, summer property tour announcements, and an update on the BMAP membership calendar.

Photo by Linda Millunzi-Jones

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Winter 2020

 

Contents include articles reviewing cover cropping as a prairie site preparation strategy, BMAP President's Message, Ecologist's Report on the effects of herbicide on soil life, and reflections on Landowner engagement and interests in conservation and stewardship by Cindy Becker (Director of Conservation Programs at the Driftless Area Land Conservancy).

Photo from Driftless Area Land Conservancy

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Fall 2020

 

Contents include articles revisiting Aldo Leopold's writings, BMAP President's Message, Ecologist's Report on large and small conservation measures, Lowery Creek Watershed community conservation, and an enthusiastic "Thank you!" to Julie Raasch, BMAP's volunteer Newsletter Editor for her 15 years of service.

Photo from Driftless Area Land Conservancy

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Spring 2020

 

Contents include articles on the 2020 Bur Oak Award recipients Doug Steege and Kris Euclide, the new strategic plan, allelopathy and Wisconsin plant communities, historical fire regimes of Wisconsin, Birds in the Driftless: History, Ecology, and Management, trail making workshop, Wisconsin Coverts Project, and Quercus Land Management.

Photo by Julie Raasch

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Fall 2019

 

Contents include a tribute to longtime Board Member Carroll Schall, winter tree and shrub ID resources, winter restoration work reflections, summer 2019 potluck tour reports, and a book review of The Driftless Reader.

Photo by Julie Raasch

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Summer 2019

 

Contents include articles on prescribed burns, our new board president, chainsaw training, Snapshot Wisconsin, funding opportunities, book review, and ants.

Photo by USFWS Midwest

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Spring 2019

 

Contents include articles on insects and Wulfenia bullii, wood-betony and the art of preserving ecological communities, the Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands Network, SWGN, wetland talk with Pat Trochlell, mother and won win 2019 Bur Oak Award, prairie restoration, and preserving and enjoying Wisconsin’s savannas.

Photo by Peter Gorman

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Fall 2018

Contents include articles on iNaturalist website and app, tour of Plowshares and Prairies Farm, good advice, and mushrooms of Northeastern US and Eastern Canada book.

Illustration by Julie Raasch

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Summer 2018

Contents include articles on herbaria and herbarium specimens, Wisconsin Master Naturalist class, and it's not about individual species.

Photo by Mary Ann Feist

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Spring 2018

Contents include articles on managing and restoring land with amphibians in mind, welcome to new ecologist Micah Kloppenberg, 2017 Annual Report, macroinvertebrates and water quality, conservation easements, Managed Forest Law, Wedel Family Legacy, and bobolinks

Photo by Colleen Prieto

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Fall 2017

Contents include articles on lichens, rewards of restoration, nature is not neat, species interactions: spiders, and Cardinal-Hickory Creek opposition.

Photo by Richard Droker

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Summer 2017

Contents include articles on the rule of 50% seed collecting, Muralt Bluff hike event, "I Needn't Have Worried", Great Lake Early Detection Network (GLEDN), and rotational grazing.
Photo by Douglas Mills