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On Saturday, June 14th, Treasures of Oz invites visitors to explore 7 natural areas and hidden environmental treasures. Each site is hosted by top scientists, environmental stewards and experts in natural fields. Visitors can explore the site, learn about the area's significance, and converse with the docent and site team.
Download a passport (after May 1 on the website), collect stamps at each site and trade those for raffle tickets at event headquarters.
Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat - This 35-acre restored stream and wetland system was designed to provide floodwater storage, improve water quality, and provide habitat for northern pike spawning, as well as for shorebirds and waterfowl.
Today it is a healthy prairie and bird area as well. Walk the loop trail for great views of species such as sandpipers, Blue-winged Teal, herons, and egrets. Two of Ozaukee Treasure Network's best birders, Becca Sher and Seth Cutright, will be there to show off this birding area. Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage staff will be there to explain the aquatic side of this little-known nature nook.
Cedarburg Environmental Study Area – Visit this nearly-40 acre tract of ponds, wetlands, and forest located in the town of Cedarburg. It serves as a refuge for a large variety of wildlife species and is ideal for hiking, bird watching and a variety of environmental education activities. Explore the trails and count the ant hills.
Perhaps the most stunning nature preserve in Ozaukee County is Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton. It has become a destination for plein air painters, photographers, bird watchers and souls in search of the renewal that only nature can offer. One woman remarked in passing on a Sunday morning, ‘this is my church.’ A place of solitude and raw beauty, it invites meditation.
The heart of this place is the natural area, a state designation for a place relatively unchanged since pre-settlement times. Encompassing the larger ravines, the forest floor, now covered in ice and snow, promises to break open in an abundance wildflowers from early spring through early summer. Ozaukee County Parks has built a lovely staircase descending through the ravine, over a rippling stream and down to the endless beach. It not only makes the descent safe and easy, but protects the ravine from the erosion that would happen if it were walked and climbed over and over. Natural areas are not common and preserving them takes effort and care.
This natural area and beach has been selected as one of the Ozaukee Treasures Sites for this year’s Treasures of Oz on June 14th. At that time, docents will be available to talk not only about what makes this a “natural area,” but about the Lake Michigan Clay Bluffs that form the eastern edge of this preserve and the cut-away window they open to the glacial history of Ozaukee County.> Add a comment >
The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has received a $1.3 million bequest, the largest in its history, that will support the center just as it embarks on a new five-year plan, according to a news release.Add a comment >
The coyote is about the size of a medium-sized dog. You can also think of it like this--picture the size difference between a fox and a wolf. Then imagine an animal that fits right in-between them in size. That's the size of a coyote. An adult male is 44 to 52 inches long, including its 14-inch tail. It weighs between 25 to 42 pounds. Look for its long, thin legs, a tapered muzzle, yellow-colored eyes like foxes, and rather large, pointed ears. It also has a bushy, black-tipped drooping tail.
Visit EEK! - Critter Corner for more information on coyotes.
See more at the Humane Society of the Untied States website> Add a comment >
One Magical Day a year
On one Saturday, June 14th, Treasures of Oz invites visitors to explore 7 natural areas and hidden environmental treasures in Ozaukee County. Each site is hosted by top scientists, environmental stewards and experts in natural fields. Visitors can explore the site, learn about the area’s significance, and converse with the docent and site team.
Download a passport (after May 1 on the website,) collect stamps at each site and trade those for raffle tickets at event headquarters.
Event headquarters is Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Besides exploring this 5 Star bird hotel, visitors can enjoy great food and wonderful music, check out the exhibits, meet and learn about raptors and herptiles and have fun shopping our enticing silent auction.
2014 Treasures Sites
Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat
The Trails at MeeKwon Park
Pleasant Valley Trails Park
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Cedarburg Environmental Study Area
USFWS’s Belgium Waterfowl Production Area
The Ravines and Beach at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
Ozaukee County and the entire state of Wisconsin was saddened at Noel Cutright's departure from our midst. Perhaps the best of so many tributes to Noel is this one http://bit.ly/1jjbJWG by Jan Uerbelherr that ran in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. We would print it here but for copyright concerns, so check out the link - it is a beautiful tribute.
Noel's service was at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve and was attended by literally hundreds of people connected to him and the wonderful legacy that he left for us.
Noel will be both greatly missed and always remembered by all of us in Ozaukee, as a mentor, an innovator, a visionary and a crack ornithologist. Noel's presence stood solidly behind so many of our organizations. Even he understood the magic of his endorsement; he worked to be sure he, often through Riveredge Bird Club, made the initial donation to a start-up to ensure it would succeed. He never missed.> Add a comment >