Field trips

These trips are your chance to view and enjoy the natural resources we work to protect, manage, and restore. Registration for field trips is included in the conference fee.

New this year: Field trip sign up will occur when you arrive and check in for the conference, and field trips will fill on a first-come, first served basis.

**Please note that the field trips will go in almost any weather (with the exception of hazardous conditions). We’ve encountered a wide range of conditions on our February field trips, so please consider this as you decide between indoor and outdoor options, and be prepared to dress warmly if you do register for a field trip.

Connecting Wetlands for Wildlife at Mead Wildlife Area
Mead Wildlife Area

Photo courtesy of Mead Wildlife Area

Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Field trip leader: Patrice Eyers, DNR wildlife technician

Field Trip Description:

The Mead Wildlife Area is 33,000 acre property with over 13,000 acres of wetlands of a variety of types. It is fantastic place to learn about large-scale, intensive wetland management. Learn about the history of this property, the management strategies that are used to improve wildlife habitat diversity at the Mead Wildlife Area, and the education and outreach programs that work to improve our visitors’ understanding of the value of this natural resource. We’ll discuss the creation of Mead’s impoundments, ongoing infrastructure issues, continuing wetland projects, and management strategies to combat invasive species, reduce sedimentation, and provide habitat for wildlife.

This is an outdoor field trip.

Note: We will provide bus transportation to this field trip, but also invite attendees to drive themselves to be able to further explore the area or head directly home after the tour. On site, we will walk on ungroomed trails. We can offer snowshoes if weather conditions warrant and people are interested.

Thank you to the Fund for Lake Michigan for their generous sponsorship of this trip.

Unique Collections at UWSP: The Freckmann Herbarium & Natural History Museum
Freckmann Herbarium

Photo courtesy of Freckmann Herbarium

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Field trip leaders:
Robert Freckmann, Professor Emeritus at UW-Stevens Point
Ray Reser, Director of UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History

Field Trip Description:

This field trip will offer a unique opportunity to tour two renowned collections: The Freckmann Herbarium and the Museum of Natural History at UW-Stevens Point. The Freckmann Herbarium houses a collection of 220,000 specimens, including a large representation of grasses, sedges, and aquatic plants from Wisconsin. On the tour, you will see the herbarium library, the herbarium collection, and the plant specimen preparation area, where you will learn about specimen collection and the preparation process.

The UWSP Museum of Natural History focuses primarily on the Upper Great Lakes and adjacent Great Plains and has more than 400,000 curated specimens.

Learn about the unique resources of both of these collections and how they can contribute to your continuing wetland education and conservation efforts.

This is an indoor field trip.

Thank you to Midwest Natural Resources for their generous sponsorship of this trip.

Wetland Restoration in Schmeeckle Reserve, UW-Stevens Point
Schmeeckle Reserve

Photo courtesy of Schmeeckle Reserve

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Field trip leaders

Jim Buchholz, Director of Schmeeckle Reserve
Paul Skawinski, UW-Extension Lakes Program

Field Trip Description:

Schmeeckle Reserve is 280-acre nature preserve on the UW-Stevens Point campus with diverse habitats and wildlife. This field trip will focus on two wetland restoration projects in the Reserve: The restoration of the Moses Creek Corritor, and the re-establishment of native wetlands following invasive species control.

Jim Buchholz will discuss the restoration of a 17-acre wetland and stream channel in the Moses Creek corridor, where a drainage ditch was restored to historical conditions through a Wisconsin DOT mitigation project in 2010. Jim will cover ongoing research and management will be shared.

Paul Skawinski will discuss a restoration project involving the removal of non-native Phragmites (Phragmites australis ssp. australis) and narrow-leaf cattail (Typha angustifolia) in several depressions totaling about 0.4 acres. Native plant mixtures were introduced via plugs and seeds, and one area received no supplemental planting to evaluate the area’s natural ability to re-establish a native plant community. Paul will discuss challenges and observations from the first season of restoration.

This is an outdoor field trip.