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2014 - A Very Good Year

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2014 was a very good year for Treasures of Oz!

We had somewhere between 1305 and 388 participants - we don’t really know because we do know that some folks go to just one site and some others go to every site and and many come to Forest Beach along the way, often for the food, the music, the exhibits, the silent auction and the raffle.  1305 is the number of people who were counted at each site.  388 is the number counted at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.

We do know that smiles were everywhere and positive comments floated through the air until the last of the take-down crew departed in the evening.

Our site numbers are below.  We love these numbers because we know lots of people are coming to the event but the numbers are small enough that everyone can ask questions and have real discussions at the sites.  We want Treasures of Oz to be interactive so everyone can get connected to Ozaukee environment and we think our teams are wonderful links bringing visitors into the world of natural Ozaukee.

Trinity Creek 139  Visitors, even residents of southern Mequon, were really surprised and delighted to discover Trinity Creek Wetland Habitat right in the middle of an industrial area off County Line Road.  

Mee-Kwon 179  We were delighted to have a surprise additional docent, Andrew Struck.  Andrew is recovering from a serious sports injury and surgery.  We did not expect to see him for weeks, but he is key organizer for this event and found a way to get to Mee Kwon, crutches and all.

Cedarburg Environmental Study Area 121  The ants were a huge draw!  Docents, Kate and Tom, did not think anyone would care about ants.  They were happily shocked!  Visitors really were interested.  Kate found ants tending their herds of aphids on some dogwood and another group tending their leaf-hoppers.  What a cool opportunity to see what was being talked about in action.

CESA was armed with mosquito spray and a screened tent, as the woods and water can make for a buggy habitat..  The mosquitos boycotted the site for the most part, and we are thankful to them for that.

Pleasant Valley 180  Many thanks to the Ozaukee Mountain Bikers and Riveredge Nature Center naturalists for working with Treasures of Oz to showcase this Cedarburg gem.

Lions Den 235 - it was a long walk to the natural area ravine and beach, almost a mile.  Look how many people made the hike! No lions were sighted on Saturday.  Visitors always ask why it is called Lion's Den.  Are there lions there?  Years ago local residents reported seeing "lions" there, most likely bobcats.  Recently a mountain lion was seen in Sheboygan County.  Interesting.  You never know.

Belgium 63  Serious thanks to US Fish & Wildlife experts, Jim Lutes and Bruce Luebke for traveling all the way to Ozaukee to share their expertise with visitors.

Forest Beach 388  Forest Beach had it all - the migratory preserve and the Celebration.  A large flock of pelicans came down on the lake just north of the preserve mid-day.  Guess they heard about Treasures of Oz.

Oops.  Can you help?  The coordinator (me) forgot to give the raffle team the surveys this year - can you believe it?  (you don’t have to answer that.)

Well, it is true, so we don’t have the information we would like to have - like zip codes to see where people came from, ages (we were hoping to see more children this year) and the the two really important things:  "comments/suggestions" and "how people learned about Treasures of Oz."

Any chance you could help here?  See the comment section below?  You can sign in using one of the social media links or just write your comment and you will see that you can post as a guest - it is that easy.  Let us know where you are from, if you met anyone from another county at the event, or another state or nation.

Let us know where you heard about Treasures of Oz - we would love to know what really works in terms of our advertising (since we have no big agency or big budget to do this.)  Thank you in advance!

This report will expand as people share their stories!  Stay tuned.