Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County

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2017 Tour Sites

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Our 2017 Sites are open from 9am to 3pm

1 Spirit Lake Site:  Introducing the Mequon Partners in Preservation Project with a plan for watershed mapping and community planning around water resources rather than in response to development - with the City of Mequon, Wisconsin Wetlands, Ozaukee County Planning, OWLT and MMSD/Conservation Fund.  Ozaukee County Land and Water Management  will focus on Healthy Soils for clean water. 

2 Tendick Park Site:  Prairie and wetland restorations, invasive species management and bluebird and kestrel nest box monitoring. Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department staff (Andrew Struck and Tina Kroening), Pheasants Forever and the USFWS staff will discuss and lead tours of the on-going large scale habitat restoration projects at Tendick Nature Park as well as learn about bluebird and kestrel nest box installation and monitoring and do some birding along the way. The log cabin will be open and a master gardener will be on hand to discuss pioneer gardening.

3 Ehlers Park Site: Clean water through monitoring with Milwaukee Riverkeeper, a look at macro-invertebrates,  and fish diversity with the Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage Program.  Talk to the Ozaukee County game warden about summer fishing and other wildlife.

4 Harrington Beach State Park: Learn about efforts in the Lake Michigan Watershed with Wisconsin Coastal Management’s Todd Brieby on measures to monitor runoff to the lake, the developing Lake Michigan Water Trail and other WCM initiatives along the lake.  Meet NOAA staff and learn about our historic shipwrecks and other work that NOAA does.

5 Cedarburg Bog Boardwalk:  Kate Redmond and the Friends of Cedarburg Bog invite you to travel on the UWM Field Station boardwalk, something that is generally off-limits to the public. reserved only for university research and education.  Walk out across this magical bog with naturalists who will acquaint you with the flora and fauna and explain how the bog works as part of our watershed.

6 Forest Beach Migratory Preserve: Learn about the changes as this former golf course was transformed to a five-star bird hotel with ten distinct habitats for long-term stopovers during migration. Find out how this reduced pollutants in the  Lake Michigan direct drainage area and  how healthy waters promote the diversity and health of our migratory birds and other wildlife.  

Talk to birding experts and take a dragonfly walk to discover common and rare species.  Find out how bug hotels are created and how they work to spotlight the serious decline we are seeing in the world insect population. 

Celebration at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 10 AM – 5:30 PM