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Wednesday Summer Evening Walks

*****Note: The June 18 South Woods evening walk is cancelled due to heavy rains and muddy trails.******

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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June 4
Shaginappi County Park

June 18
South Woods in Ripon

June 25
Belle Reynolds School Forest in Oakfield

July 16
The Greenway

July 30
Kiekhaefer Park

August 6
Eldorado Nature Center

August 20
Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
Mary Fran Merwin Memorial Prairie

Lakeside Park West Garden
A Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Saturday, June 14th
Lakeside Park West Native Plant Garden
Saturday, June 14th
The City of Fond du Lac has made a 120 foot strip along the Fond du Lac River available for a demonstration garden. The purpose of the garden is to show the public various native shrubs and flowers that can be used in their yards. Native plants have deep root systems that filter water that recharges our aquifers or enters our streams and Lake Winnebago. Also, native plants provide valuable habitat for birds and butterflies and are easy to maintain once they are established.

The planting will take place on the morning of Saturday, June 14th. Connie Ramthun of Kettle Moraine Landscaping will supervise volunteers. Some preparatory work has already been completed. Volunteers cut invasive Japanese Knotweed and the City has mulched much of the garden area. Work to be done before planting day includes cutting about 400 square feet of sod, putting in edging to keep grass out, and raking existing mulch onto tarps for use after planting. After planting, the plants will need to be watered until they get established.

The project, which was initiated by the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of FdL County, is a cooperative effort of LWQIA, the Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project, Master Gardeners and Gottfried Arboretum and Prairie.

Volunteer and make your contribution to cleaner water. For more information or to volunteer call 921-7323 or 979-4596. Donations for signage at the site can be made to LWQIA; Attn: Lakeside Park West Garden; P.O. Box 1716; Fond du Lac WI 54937-1716. Donations are tax-deductible.

Website Lakeside West Garden

2014 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
The annual fair is being held June 20 – 22 in Custer,
Wisconsin (near Stevens Point).
If anyone would be interested in attending and
carpooling on Friday, June 21, please contact Diana
Beck at 920-922-7931 or email
com. The plan is to leave Fond du Lac about 7:45 am
and return around 5:00 pm. An adult day pass is $15
and senior is $10. For details on events and programs,
check the website

Voyageur Canoe Field Trip, July 12, 7 am to 3 pm.
Join guides, Jean Paul Pauquette (Jerry Disterhaft) and Jacques Largillier (Glen Gorsuch), dressed in period costumes, on a 28-foot authentic voyageur canoe down the Fox River. Hear the stories of the fur trade, Native American lore, and the explorations of Father Marquette, and Louis Jolliet as you spot wildlife along the Fox. Dip your paddle in the Fox to the cadence of French paddling songs. Eat your sack lunch along the river before returning to your cars by road. This trip is suitable for children, especially fourth graders who study Wisconsin history. Limit 16 people. $30 per person; reservations will not be held without payment. Make checks payable to Fond du Lac County Audubon. Meet at the southwest end of Menard’s parking lot at 7:00 am to form a carpool/caravan to Princeton. Dress for the weather and wear a sun hat; bring insect repellant, sun screen, binoculars, camera, a sack lunch, and water. Contact Diana Beck to reserve a place or cancel ( or 920-922-7931). See for more information about this adventure.

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Nature in the City
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The 2014 Zoopolis Tour features seven private properties that feature bio-diversity, earth friendly practices and wildlife habitat. See excellent examples of birdscaping, rain gardens, butterfly gardens, ponds, prairie restoration, and the use of native plants in landscaping. Profits will be used for habitat restoration in the Fond du Lac area and for public environmental education opportunities. For more information, call 920-922-7931, email or check the Audubon website at
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Have you seen an area that garlic mustard has taken over? It is shocking how thick and extensive the plants can be. They can totally crowd out our native plants and spring ephemerals. The resulting loss of biodiversity affects the insects, birds and other animals. Doing nothing is not an option.
Consider joining with some other volunteers this spring in the effort to control garlic mustard. No experience is necessary. This is a perfect opportunity to learn to identify the plant and how to help control it. Each session will held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bring garden gloves. Cancelled in the event of rain. For more info - contact 922-7931 or

Meet at the Peebles Trail on Prairie Road (1/4 mile south of Winnebago Dr.): Friday May 2, Saturday May 3, and Friday May 9
Meet on Hwy K at the Peebles Trail (1/4 mile south of Winnebago Dr.): Saturday May 10, Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18.

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!

Audubon Has a Facebook Page
Thank you to Brendan Wood-Taylor, who set up the
Fond du Lac County Audubon Facebook page. Please
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Green River Rafting Expedition in Desolation Canyon
With An Emphasis on Human History and Archaeology
June 1-8, 2014

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Registration for Desolation Canyon Raft Trip info here
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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