Horicon in Winter
Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm
MPTC, Room O-104
Jeff Bahls, President of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, will provide
information on the marsh and wildlife during the winter months.
Audubon Community Shopping
Night at Just Fare Market
On Thursday, December 12, from 5 to 8 pm,
Fond du Lac County Audubon is partnering with
Just Fare Market to promote Fair Trade and provide
some funding for our local conservation projects. Just
Fare Market will donate 15% of total sales during
those hours to Fond du Lac Audubon. This is an
opportunity for you to find some unique, affordable,
and quality holiday gifts or to stock up on some
gourmet items for your pantry while supporting
Fond du Lac County Audubon.
Fair Trade is a direct and cooperative business
approach that supports farmers and craftspeople in
developing countries by paying a living wage and
providing safe working conditions. One of the main
principles of Fair Trade is that environmentally
sustainable practices are used in producing products.
That’s especially important to those of us interested
in preserving the world’s birds and conservation of
natural resources. For example, Fair Trade coffee is
grown in the shade. According to one study, shaded
coffee farms provide habitat for 184 different bird
species, whereas only 8 to 12 species were found on
sunny monoculture farms. Do something for the
birds: buy shade-grown coffee at Just Fare Market!
Audubon members who are interested in natural
foods will not be disappointed to find colorful
heirloom rice varieties grown on ancient terraces in
the Philippines on sale at Just Fare Market. Other
gourmet items include Divine dark chocolate and
quick and easy soup mixes.
Just Fare Market also stocks some amazing items
made from recycled materials. There are elegant
journals made from elephant dung paper, key chains
made from recycled flip-flops, coin purses made from
candy wrappers, and purses made from the pull tops
of cans. It’s just plain fun to pick up and examine
these unique items, and to marvel at the creative
people who turned garbage into useful items.
Fond du Lac County Audubon and Just
Fare Market would like you to have an
evening of fun as you browse through
fashionable scarves, select an interesting
piece of jewelry, or find an unusual gift to
fill a stocking. You can do all that in the
company of fellow Audubon members,
and bring a friend or two or three to learn
about both Audubon and Just Fare Market,
and to support our local Audubon projects.
Just Fare Market is located at N7645 N.
Peebles Lane, Suite 2, Fond du Lac. For more
information and a map to the store, see justfare.org.
"It's not easy being green." Kermit T. Frog
Well, it's getting easier!!
Green Gifts for the holidays or anytime.
See Green Gifts
Conservation Lobby Day on Hold
Audubon is a member of the Wisconsin League
of Conservation voters, which is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing
conservation leaders to the state legislature and
encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation
policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s public
health and natural resources. In the past, the
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV)
has sponsored a conservation lobby day when those
with diverse interests in environmental issues go
to Madison to talk with legislators about these
issues. Members of Fond du Lac Audubon have
regularly participated in Lobby Day. According to
Jennifer Giegerich (WLCV Legislative Director), the
annual WLCV lobby day is on hold for 2014 as the
organization needs to react to the many attempts
to weaken Wisconsin laws on a regular basis. Thus,
WLCV has been holding many lobby days by asking
members to attend hearings such as the mining bill
and the removal of local control from environmental
protections. You can directly find out what is going
on by connecting directly to conservationvoters.org.
On the website, you will be able to find out what
lobbying is currently needed as well as how your
legislator has voted on various conservation issues
by clicking on “scorecard.” Don’t hesitate to send an
email or give your legislator a call to express your
views on these important issues.
Dave Stetter, Fond du Lac Aububon Conservation Chair
Green River Rafting Expedition in Desolation Canyon
With An Emphasis on Human History and Archaeology
June 1-8, 2014
Registration for Desolation Canyon Raft Trip info here
Download Flier here
Become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist
Do you enjoy learning about the wonders of nature? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities that involve teaching about or protecting our amazing natural resources? If you answered yes to these questions, then you may want to become one of the first Wisconsin Master Naturalists.
The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the state’s natural resources. Its goal is to develop a corps of informed volunteers dedicated to education and service within their Wisconsin communities. Course participants receive 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Classes combine classroom instruction with field experiences. Once trained, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/interpretation, stewardship, or citizen science. To maintain certification, a volunteer must complete 40 hours of service each year and eight hours of advanced training.
The Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit is partnering with Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg and UW-Extension to offer the first Master Naturalist training in the area. The training will be held at Riveredge Nature Center from September 5 through November 7 (Thursdays) in the evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Class sessions cover the following topics: geology/landscapes, ecology, plant communities, wildlife, water, aquatic life, human impacts, and interpretation. There will be two all day field trips: one on Saturday, October 12, and the other on Saturday, November 2. The training fee is $250.00. Some financial scholarships are available. On-line registration ends August 22. To register go to wimasternaturalist.org.
For further information, please contact Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, at the Ice Age Visitor Center. She may be reached at (920) 533-8322, Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may also contact Mandy Zopp at Riveredge Nature Center. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is (262) 375-2715.
Volunteers needed for Garlic Mustard Pulls
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