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November Alliance Events

The Alliance has two events planned in November– our last Volunteer Stewardship Day is Saturday, November 10, and our November program is on Thursday, November 15th.  Join us for one or both!

Saturday, November 10 – Badger Volunteer Stewardship Day, 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Join Alliance volunteers for our LAST work day of the season.  We’ll continue to cut brush on the Hillside Oak Savanna to prepare the site for seeding at some future date.  Meet at 8:45 at the parking lot of the Badger Museum, main entrance to Badger on Hwy 12 (across from the Citgo Station) for instructions and carpooling to the work site.

Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm- 8:00pm.  “We Are Sauk Prairie program

What:  “Resilient habitat for forest birds: the role of topography (Baraboo Hills) in moderating the pace of spring phenology”

Who: Maia Persche, graduate student in the SILVIS Lab at UW-Madison, Department of Foret and Wildlife Ecology

Where: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac

The Baraboo Hills and the Driftless Area have been identified as landscapes that may be resilient to the effects of climate change because their complex topography and habitat connectivity may provide a refuge for a diversity of species in the coming decades. But what does this mean for the forest songbirds that rely on this habitat? Small scale variations in topography can influence the pace of spring tree leaf-out, the seasonality of invertebrates, and ultimately the quality of habitat available to forest birds. Drawing from two summers of fieldwork, Maia will describe how her research suggests that the Baraboo Hills could be a stronghold for bird species in the future.

The We Are Sauk Prairie lecture series is sponsored by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.

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