All classes meet training requirements for the Wisconsin Carnivore Tracking program. Trackers are required to take both a Wolf Ecology and a Track Training class or workshop to participate in the tracking program. New volunteers can sign up for the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program at a track training course that they attend. For a schedule and locations, click here.
The 2018 series will begin on January 11 and continue through March 15. Lectures are on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium. Coffee will be available starting at 8:30; programs will begin promptly at 9. Series registration will be available in the Jan. 11, 18, and 25 lecture listings.
Learn how to identify tracks and other animal signs with wildlife biologists Adrian Wydevan and Sarah Boles. Participants will learn the basics of tracking carnivores of Northern Wisconsin, including track, gait, and scat identification. With conditions permitting, we will explore some of the trails around Hunt Hill to practice our tracking skills. Please bring a bag lunch, notebook, and ruler.
Learn how maple syrup is made at local sugarbush Acer Acres with Dan Harrington. We’ll tour the sugar shack, get hands-on with harvesting sap, and enjoy a delicious maple syrup treat. Dress for the weather, and be prepared for muddy conditions.
The Acoustic Bat Monitoring Project was developed to collect data on species presence, distribution, and to identify trends of Wisconsin bat species. All bat species in Wisconsin utilize echolocation to detect, pursue, and capture insect prey as they orient and navigate through the night sky. Because these bats’ echolocation calls are produced above the range of human hearing (ultrasound), we use an acoustic system capable of detecting and recording these high frequency calls while the bats fly through the area.
Learn to love weeds and improve your diet! During this class taught by Master Naturalist Joan Jacobowski, we’ll discuss some basic principles of safely gathering wild edibles. Then we’ll take a little hike and sample some trail nibblers. We’ll top off the morning with a delicious wild edible lunch.
Registration is required by Wednesday, May 16. Open to the public.
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?