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Wednesday Summer Evening Walks
Explore some of the trails in Fond du Lac County and City with some members of Audubon. Each walk will begin at 6:30 pm.
Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring some
insect repellant, and if available, a pair of binoculars.
Enjoy these unique natural areas close to home.
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August 20
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
Mary Fran Merwin Memorial Prairie

Wild Feast Potluck
Wednesday, September 3, 5 pm
Lakeside Park, Denevue Creek Shelter
Join the Fun at the Wild Feast Potluck!
Many of the plants that we battle in our yards were
brought to this country because the plants were
edible or medicinal. We consider them weeds, but
they offer great nutrition and flavors. This is not
about survival type of eating. We can add them to
our dishes and combine them with many other
ingredients. The results can be delicious!
Come on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, to
the Audubon Wild Feast Potluck. This will be the
seventh year for our annual fall kickoff.The public
is welcome. Everyone brings a dish, soup, salad,
beverage, or dessert that has been made with some
wild plants, fruits, nuts or seeds. Anyone who is not
comfortable with identifying and using wild plants
can bring a conventional dish to pass.
Some of the entrées from the past have included
creamed dandelion greens, savory burdock patties,
plantain casserole, daylily bud salad, garlic mustard
pesto, venison stew, hickory nut cookies and
elderberry pie. Participants have always commented
on how delicious everything is.
Many recipes can be found on the internet or
even in your own cookbooks. Please bring a label for
your entrée, and a list of the ingredients to inform
someone with food allergies. Recipe copies are
appreciated but optional.
Meet at the Denevue Creek shelter at Lakeside
Park (east end of Harbor View Drive) at 5 pm. The
meal will take place about 5:15 pm. Please bring your
own plate, silverware, small bowl for soups, a cup and
beverage (beer and wine allowed), and of course, your
food contribution to the potluck.
Following the meal, there will be a short
presentation and demonstration on solar ovens.
If the weather permits, there will be sunset sailboat
rides available as well. For more info contact
922-7931 or

Oakfield Ledge Glacial Habitat
Restoration Hike
Wednesday, September 10, 5 to 8 pm
Join Deb Weidert of the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources for a hike along the Panzer/
Steger restoration area located on County Y, south of
Oakfield. The Glacial Habitat Restoration Program,
operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, is designed to restore 10% of landscape
back to native habitat within 24 townships located
in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Columbia, and Dodge
counties. The program works with cooperative landowners
to manage a patchwork of habitat parcels for
sustainable bird and native plant populations. Deb will
give us more details about these restoration efforts as
she leads us on paths along the top of the Oakfield
Ledge. Meet at the southwest corner of the Fleet
Farm parking lot to form a carpool. Wear hiking
boots and expect some uneven ground and off-trail
walking for about one mile. Dress for the weather
and bring insect repellent. Limited to 10 people.
Contact Kathleen Stetter (920-872-2250 or to reserve a place. For more
information about the restoration program see:

Whooping Crane Observation
& Festival
Saturday, September 13, 5:15 am to 3 pm
Thrill to see sunrise crane training with Operation
Migration aircraft at White River Marsh State
Wildlife area (weather permitting). Many Audubon
members have already enjoyed this experience, so this
year’s field trip will be on an individual basis. After
viewing the early morning crane training, attend
the full day Crane Festival in Princeton, featuring
a pancake breakfast hosted by the Berlin Rotary
Club. Bid on the many items in the fantastic silent
auction, visit the conservation booths, and sit in on
the speaker sessions throughout the day. Speakers
include George Archibald of the International Crane
Foundation; Joe Duff of Operation Migration; Pat
Fisher, raptor rehabilitator; Beverly Paulin – aerial
surveys of wildlife in Wisconsin; and Tom Schultz,
former Fond du Lac Audubon member – birding in
Costa Rica. Directions to White River Marsh for
the early morning crane training observation: Take
Highway 23 west through Princeton to County D
(River Road). Turn right on County D and continue
to Mile Road on the left. Park along the road and
view the cranes. You will see 100 or so
waiting for the flight, so join the quiet crowd for an
incredible experience when the aircraft and cranes
appear. Then, follow the group to the Princeton
School for the Festival, 604 Old Green Lake Road,

Bird Seed Sale
Order deadline September 23
Pick up October 4

Remembering a Lost Bird
Wednesday, October 8, 7 pm
UW-Fond du Lac, Room UC114 University Center/LGI 114
In 1914 the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo,
ending a calamitous half-century in which the pigeon declined from billions to
one and then to none as a result of uncontrolled market hunting and the
resulting disruption of nesting colonies. In 1871 the largest nesting ever
recorded occurred in central Wisconsin. That well-documented colony of many
millions of birds covered 850 square miles with nests in almost every
tree. On the centennial of this tragedy, Stanley A. Temple, Beers-
Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, recounts the sobering story of the Passenger
Pigeon and what it can tell us about the ongoing extinction crisis
and our relationship with other species.

Silver Creek Water Trail
Saturday, October 18, 1 to 4 pm
Green Lake Conservancy Property
After the mosquitoes have gone and fall color is
still with us, explore Silver Creek from Spaulding
Landing to Green Lake. The route goes by Sunnyside
and Pools Hill Nature Preserves and Sugar Island
Wetlands. The Green Lake Conservancy is a
community-based land
trust that works to preserve,
protect, and enhance the
aesthetic, ecological and
recreational qualities of
places that make the greater Big Green Lake
Watershed special. See the route and learn more
about the Green Lake Conservancy at http://
silver-creek-water-trail. Afterward, have dinner
at a restaurant in Green Lake. Bring your canoe
or kayak and life preservers. Meet at Menard’s
parking lot at 1 pm. Limit 10 boats. Contact
Kathleen Stetter (920-872-2250 or Stetter@ to reserve a place.

Environmental Research and
Innovation Center
Saturday, November 1,
8:15 am to noon
Visit solid waste and water
testing labs at UW-Oshkosh
to see how water monitoring
is done for Wisconsin
beaches and public and
private drinking water.
Learn how biogas potential
is evaluated. Hear about the partnership between
UW-Oshkosh and Rosendale Dairy to provide
renewable energy with an anaerobic digester and
visit the UW-Oshkosh food-waste processing
digester, the first of its kind in North America.
For more information see: http://www.uwosh.
edu/eric/ and
Limit 15 people. Contact Kathleen Stetter
(920-872-2250 or to
reserve a place. Meet at Menard’s parking lot at
8:15 am.

Creepy Crawly Zoo
Saturday, November 8, 10 –11 am
Theisen Middle School Cafeteria
Experience this dynamic, exciting, LIVE, hands-on insect exhibit!
Changing fear and malice into curiosity and respect is the mission of the
show’s creator – performing educator, outreach specialist and
award-winning film producer, Tony Gustin, who leads his audience into jokes,
stories, and pranks, and gives everyone an opportunity to handle the creatures.
and our relationship with other species.

Thank You to Photographers
See the beautiful work of photographers Elizabeth A.
W. Ahlborn,
Gretchen Steele, and Joel
Nisleit in our newsletter, and
visit them online to see more of their photography!

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Thank you to Brendan Wood-Taylor, who set up the
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