The mission of Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. is to restore, preserve, and protect the environment for us and future generations through education, activism, and conservancy.
Green-Rock Audubon Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 as a Section 501 C (3) non-profit corporation and is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Between 2000 and 2004 we acquired a conservation easement and 250 acres of land so we are a land trust. In 2007 we began aggressively restoring our property.
If you've visited our properties, you've seen dead trees. At Spring Creek Reserve we had a cost share contract with the USDA to get rid of the woody vegetation along Spring Creek. The goal was to narrow and deepen Spring Creek. By killing the trees, herbaceous vegetation took over and the there was a dramatic narrowing and deepening of the creek in few years.
At Gabower-Reilly Reserve we have killed the trees with the exception of the oaks. This is compatible with oak, savannah and prairie habitats.
At Androne Woods we have killed most of the brush with cost share contracts with the USDA. We are currently working with the DNR with a cost share agreement to kill the shade tolerant trees. This has historically been an oak woods. It is changing to shade tolerant species. Most of these are hackberry with some iron wood, basswood, and black cherry. We cannot have an oak woods and shade tolerant trees. Oaks are very shade intolerant. We are planting white oak. We will end up with a woods with the dominant species being white oak and a good mix of red oak, hickory, walnut, and some black cherry. Our understory will be hazelnut, gooseberry, chokecherry, and black raspberry. We frill the trees by cutting two rings around the trunk close to the ground. Then we apply herbicide. You will see a lot of dead trees. This method is a third the work of cutting, burning, and herbiciding the stumps.
Check out the new format of our Newsletter - The Green-Rock Naturalist
- Read Highlights From the President
- Get your kids involved, color the snowy Owl and try the activity to find out how Polar Bears stay warm
- Learn how to help provide shelter for animals.
- GRASlands Fall 2015 reports
- Upcoming events, book reviews
- and much, much more
You can find the Current Newsletter and Archived Newsletters in the left collum of each page or click here to see the current Newsletter.
Her are soome handy email links to further your congressional communications where the general rule is the more the better -- email is a great place to say a few extra words about why it is important to you - concise and to the point works best:
Sen. Baldwin: http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/contact - thank her for cosponsoring “America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act” (S.1375).
Sen. Johnson: http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator - ask him to cosponsor “America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act” (S.1375).
Rep. Ryan: https://paulryan.house.gov/contact/email.htm - ask him to oppose Rep. Bishop’s “Public Lands Initiative”.
GRAS is supporting the WBBA
by contributing $400 and adopting the Prothonotary Warbler.
Our contribution is for two years of the five year program to track local nesting birds. The prothonotary warbler nests in the Avon Bottoms region of Green & Rock Counties. Click on Current tab and scroll down to read more about the WBBA in Rock County.
Female Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), Rondeau Provincial Park, 2005; de: Zitronenwaldsänger.
Help Chimney Swifts by helping us with our website!
The Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group is looking for a volunteer who can help us develop our website (see http://www.wiswifts.org/). If you have website skills (Word Press in particular) and some free time, we would love to have your help.
Please contact Dory Owen at email@example.com or (608) 345-8272 (cell).
Karen Etter Hale
Chair, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Director of Community Relations,
Wisconsin Audubon Council
Torching Garlic Mustard 2015
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