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Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance hosts a series of webinars sponsored by the Alliant Energy Foundation related to the Badger Lands.

To register for and see a list of our upcoming webinars, go to the events page. The webinars will all be recorded and available for viewing after each lecture is completed. The following webinars are recorded and available for viewing. Please note, it takes 2-3 weeks for a webinar recording to be processed.

Meeting Recording:

Description: The U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center has welcomed a number of new scientists recently, expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary dairy systems research within the footprint of the former Badger Lands. This seminar will include an introduction to our new scientists, as well as an overview of exciting projects that are ongoing or in development at the Prairie du Sac Research Station.

Helping our Wisconsin Bats

Sue Johansen-Mayoleth, Naturalist Devil’s Lake State Park

Sue started working in the Wisconsin Park System in 1994 in Milwaukee at Havenwoods State Forest as a seasonal Naturalist. I became the full-time naturalist there, in 2000 and worked at Havenwoods until I came to Devil’s Lake State Park in the fall of 2010, as their full-time Naturalist. I’ve been working in Wisconsin parks for 27 years! When not leading programs and events at the park, my husband and I enjoy hiking in many of the local areas, photography, and traveling to National Parks.

Description: Bats are everywhere in Wisconsin! We’ll discover what species of bats live in the state, dispel some bath myths, and learn about the issues facing bats. You’ll also be able to find out how you can monitor the bats in your “neighborhood” and how your data helps bat biologists know more about these nocturnal flyers.

Meeting Recording:

Randy oversees multiple environmental programs including the EPA Clean Water Act Section 106, EPA Clean Air Act Section 103 and EPA CERCLA Section 128a programs.  He is also responsible for programs and projects related to invasive species management, stormwater, NEPA compliance, permitting and environmental assessment of development on tribal land. Randy provides support and guidance to leadership on environmental issues and serves on multiple boards and committees to assure the Ho-Chunk territory is protected for future generations of the Ho-Chunk People.

Description: Randy will provide a background and update on activities that have occurred at Maa Wakacak (Ho-Chunk Badger lands) since the transfer occurred in December 2014. He will speak to the obstacles the Nation has overcome, and those that still exist, and the success the tribe has had related to invasive species management, prairie restoration, outreach and education and cooperative research. 

Forages, Cattle, and Land Health: Program Updates from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

Topic: Forages, Cattle and Land Health: Program Updates from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

Start Time : Sep 16, 2021 06:05 PM

Meeting Recording:

Grassland ecosystems have been decimated across the Midwest since European settlement. Mesic prairies were a primary target for agriculture due to high fertility, and only about 100 acres of original mesic prairie remains in Wisconsin today. This talk begins with the identification, site requirements, and importance of key prairie plant species found on the Sauk and Arlington Prairies. It will shift to seed collection strategies and seed cleaning techniques for restoration initiatives big and small. A brief outline on prairie planting, subsequent management, and tips and tricks will also be presented.

Our speaker Graham Steinhauer, Land Steward with Madison Audubon – Goose Pond Sanctuary earned his degrees in Forest Restoration and Soil Science from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Graham joined Madison Audubon at Goose Pond Sanctuary in 2018 as the Land Steward. He feels at home throughout the state, but has connections with north central Wisconsin, southern Wisconsin, Door County, and the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. 

Maa Wakacak Land Management 

Randy Poelma Env. Sciences Program Manager, Ho-Chunk Nation Division of Environmental Health

Topic: Maa Wakacak Land Management

Start Time : Aug 19, 2021 06:02 PM

April 15, 2021

Monarch Butterflies: Flagship Conservation for a Beloved Species

Katie-Lyn Bunney, Education Coordinator for the Monarch Joint Venture
(Control + Click below to Watch the Recorded Webinar)


Katie-Lyn Bunney is the Education Coordinator for the Monarch Joint Venture, a non-profit working to conserve monarch butterflies and their migration through partnership, habitat, science and education. Katie-Lyn coordinates MJV’s education and outreach programs, which include professional development programs for teachers and educators, local programming, and the MJV/NCTC Conservation Webinar Series. She also works to connect partners and the public to the resources they need for monarch conservation and education.

Description: From caterpillars in the Midwest to butterflies in Mexico, their amazing migration is one of the most spectacular in the world. This program will cover all aspects of the monarch life cycle, including how the monarch butterfly is a flagship for pollinator conservation and ways you can help to conserve this iconic species.

Prairie Restoration and Seed Collection in South Central Wisconsin                                              Topic: Prairie Restoration and Seed Collection
Start Time : Jun 17, 2021 06:08 PM
Recorded March 18, 2021

A Rare Achievement:  Looking Back on the Badger Reuse Plan at 20!

Curt Meine & Mike Mossman, founding members of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance

Curt is a conservation biologist, environmental historian, and writer based in Sauk County. He serves as a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature; as a Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation; and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mike Mossman grew up in Baraboo with the “powder plant” a big influence on the community and his family. When it closed, he eagerly joined the effort to transform the site, not anticipating how the process would transform that community, and him. An ecologist and historian who helped form several Sauk County organizations including the Badger History Group and the Sauk County Conservation Network, Mike continues to study the human and natural history of the Badgerlands and their surroundings.

Description: In 2001 the future of the decommissioned Badger Army Ammunition Plant was uncertain, and a topic of heated discussion in Sauk County and beyond.  Through a federal grant, the county took the lead in forming the 21-member Badger Reuse Committee.  Meeting over a nine-month period, the committee ultimately (and to the surprise of many) came together to craft a consensus report, the “Badger Reuse Plan.”  The plan provided the foundation for all that has followed through the transfer and transformation of the Badgerlands. Curt Meine and Mike Mossman both served on the BRC and will share the story of the committee’s work.  (And don’t be surprised if some special guests also zoom in!)

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