With fall rounding the corner, we bid farewell to long summer evenings, prairies in bloom and abuzz with pollinators, and weed pulling activities. It’s sad for all of us. As the days grow shorter, we can think back to the sunsets shared on Picnic Hill to get us through the darkness of winter.
Thank you to the 40 volunteers who contributed 142 hours in our first year of the Weeding & Wine Wednesday volunteer event series. Their dedication through rain or shine and positive attitudes made this season a great success.
Thousands of plants were pulled, translating to millions of weed seeds removed from the prairie and savannah at SwampLovers Preserve – Table Bluff Segment. Protecting these ecosystems from invading non-native species is a true labor of love. Each year that we can knock back the invasive species is another year our great Wisconsin natives will flourish.
In addition to weeding during our September event, native prairie seed was also collected. These seeds (Purple Prairie Clover, Pale Purple Coneflower, and Rosinweed) will be planted next spring at SwampLovers and other nature preserves throughout Dane County–increasing biodiversity and pollinator habitat.
Weeding & Wine Brought New Volunteers to the Alliance
We had a great time getting to know everyone as we pulled weeds, gathered prairie seed, and snacked on cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, and – of course – enjoyed wine! We hope to see both seasoned and new volunteers again at future events.
142 Volunteer Hours