Fungi are fun! Wisconsin Mycological Society specialists will help you discover the diversity of the Fungi Kingdom. Learn major fungal groups, basics of fungus identification, fungal ecology, and identification of common Wisconsin species. Everyone receives a copy of the National Audubon Society Filed Guide to Mushrooms. Dress weather appropriate, as fungi hunters are not discouraged by rain!
Lois Nestel, the Museum’s founding director and naturalist was a talented artist, and her botanical illustrations are a valued part of our collections. In honor of her and the Museum’s 50th Birthday, we’re offering a chance to follow in her footsteps. Local artist Janet Moore will use the Museum’s wonderful flower gardens to teach the techniques and talk about the many benefits of drawing plants.
Join Museum Naturalist Haley Appleman for an afternoon at Crex Meadows wildlife area near Grantsburg, WI for this Adult Naturalist program. We'll spend a few hours in the afternoon exploring the marshes and brush prairies, looking for species such as trumpeter swans and rough-legged hawks. Toward dusk we'll be able to see hundreds, if not thousands, of sandhill cranes as they move into the refuge from surrounding areas to roost for the night. Stop for dinner in Siren at Adventures Restaurant & Pub on the way home. Meet at the Museum at 12:30 p.m. and return by 9:00 p.m.
Monarch populations have declined by more than 80% in recent decades. Your help is needed! Collect critical monarch data in Wisconsin to help conservation partners understand monarch populations and protect monarchs and their habitat. Learn about monarch monitoring projects from University of Minnesota Monarch Lab experts including Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North and Project Monarch Health. Participants will be asked to volunteer 10 hours towards monarch monitoring efforts in 2018. Is your organization interested in training others to monitor monarchs?