Lauderdale Lakes Fish Jamboree
The Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association’s Annual Fish Jamboree is certainly a high point for many area children every July. Young and old never miss the Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s Education Tent to see what exciting creatures are being highlighted. Thanks to volunteer Betsy Ingle and director Ken Ingle, the Trust hosts an interactive experience that helps people understand the unique relationship between water dependent wildlife, lakes and people.
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Every year the Trust’s environmental education message is modified to emphasize wildlife responses or adaptations to human interaction, or new changes in the environment. Stressing the importance of connections between people and our impact on nature is the starting point for fostering a lifelong connection with nature.
Additional thanks also go out to Walker and Carolyn Johnson for their assistance in making the education tent a success.
The Kettle Moraine Land Trust hosts many educational programs every year ranging from nature hikes and workshops, to education tents and high school field days. For more information contact Maggie at 262-949-7211.
Naure Walk at Natureland Park
On July 2nd, the Kettle Moraine Land Trust hosted a tour of Walworth County’s Natureland Park. Natureland is located on the south shore of Whitewater Lake and hosts 4 hiking trails within its 122 acres. Participants, led by KMLT Program Manager Maggie Zoellner and County Arborist Steve Messick, walked parts of two trails, the Trail of Many Terrains and the Prairie Trail.
Maggie discussed the many wildlife habitats in the park including streams, wetlands, prairies, and forest and identified many of the plants for the hikers. Steve explained how the planted pine forest in the park is being managed and improved.
The Kettle Moraine Land Trust has recently agreed to partner with Walworth County’s Public Works Department to help manage the most important and ecologically diverse natural areas within the park.
This Nature Walk was the second of three scheduled for this year by Kettle Moraine Land Trust. The next one will be the afternoon of September 6th so watch the website for more details.
KMLT Spring Events
Join in the fun this spring by learning to identify our returning song birds, or helping to improve our local wetlands. The Kettle Moraine Land Trust is happy to announce the first of several nature bound adventures for you and your family to enjoy in 2014.
A Wetland Clean Up Day will be held at North Lake, which is located in the northwestern part of Walworth County. This quiet lake is home to a diverse array of wildlife and scenic habitats, and enjoys an abundance of wetlands that are important to frogs, turtles, migratory birds and numerous aquatic species. At the Wetland Clean Up Day on May 3rd, you’ll learn about why eliminating invasive species is so important and how you can help.
For those who are eager to hear the sounds of spring, join our May 11th Bird Walk at Rainbow Springs. This informal walk will cover the basics of birding and is geared toward beginning and intermediate birds. Please click on the calendar links for more information about these events and to register.
More Land Protected Through State & Federal Partnership
In February the Trust acquired a 13 acre wetland parcel adjacent to the Turtle Creek Wildlife Area in the Town of Darien. This land was acquired in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR, and with grant funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Along with being excellent migratory waterfowl habitat; the sedge meadow wetland provides refuge for endangered reptiles and amphibians. The Wisconsin DNR has agreed to perpetually maintain this parcel in keeping with the management goals for their neighboring 1,035 acre Turtle Creek Wildlife Area. Due to a deed restriction on the property no hunting will be allowed. The Trust is pleased to be able to protect important wildlife habitat and increase our land holdings in the southern part of Walworth County.
KMLT Receives Spiritual Award
On Sunday December 1st, the Trust was honored by the Good Earth Church of the Divine. This is a relatively new Congregational Church which meets in the Michael Fields Big Brown Barn in East Troy. It is led by Pastor Simone Nathan, who believes God is directing us all to take better care of our planet. Improving the care of our earth is an important part of this Church’s mission. Their goal is also a good fit with Michael Field’s focus on reducing agricultural chemical contamination of our soils. The Church led a festive award celebration with music and holiday treats provided. The Trust was presented a beautiful plaque honoring it for its programs in land conservation. Pastor Simone Nathan said,"Their work in protecting and restoring native eco-systems with their waters has physical, mental, spiritual, social and environmental benefits for the present and for the future. These benefits help children, young people, adults and seniors." Maggie Zoellner, our Program Manager, and Jerry Petersen, our President, made brief acceptance speeches thanking the Church for this honor.
On October 19th Peoples Bank of Elkhorn conducted a 5K Run at the Walworth County Fairgrounds with music and education activities in the downtown County Square. The Trust was one of three groups honored. The 5K runners were grouped by age and sex. One group ran with their dogs, and another with their baby carriers. It was a festive and fun event. The funds raised by the event were donated to the Trust and two other charities. The funds received by the Trust will be used for conservation work in the County. The photos below show some of the runners with their dogs, and the Trust booth in the County Square. Shown in the booth are (left to right) are our Program Manager, Maggie Zoellner, and Board members Debbie Ferrari and Sue Heffron. Many were very interested in our efforts to protect lands in the County. It was a fun celebratory day.
BEULAH BLUFF PRESERVE UPDATE
Kettle Moraine Land Trust is busy preparing this 8 acre hill top preserve for public use. Many volunteers are working together to take down buildings of the former home-site including various sheds and outbuildings. Whenever possible salvaged materials are being reused in construction elsewhere or recycled into new uses. Habitat for Humanity and area recycling operations are lending support for our efforts to recycle and reuse whenever possible. Access photos of this work here.
Remaining structure removed in a controlled burn conducted by the East Troy Fire Department on December 7, 2013 after recyclable materials were removed. Deck structure was preserved to build an overlook of Lake Beulah from the Preserve.
Kettle Moraine Land Trust is looking for your ideas! We are asking for help to identify important land conservation sites and environmental programs for Walworth County. Conservation efforts are more successful when people share common goals and work together. Ensuring clean water, protecting agriculture and open space, providing access to nature areas and maintaining important wildlife habitat are goals common to many communities and the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.
In order to understand local ideas and opinions about land conservation and environmental challenges, we need your help. Please complete the Advancing Conservation Survey. It will only take a few moments and your opinion matters. Survey information will be used to prioritize conservation sites, environmental education and protection programs offered by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.