Welcome to DCCL!

Did you know that the League is the second oldest conservation group in the State of Wisconsin? If you are concerned about the future of Dane County’s natural heritage, you will want to attend the Dane County Conservation League’s 21st annual fundraiser banquet. Proceeds from the event support educational scholarships, local DNR wildlife habitat projects, purchase of trout stream bank easements, prairie chicken recovery efforts, the raising of pheasants, and the construction of Blue Bird, Wren, Wood Duck, and Bat Houses


Cancelled due to Dane County Covid 19  restriction



BIRD RELEASE  8/29 and 9/5

If you have work hours accumulated for various DCCL projects, you may pick up your birds on Saturday, August 29th or Saturday, September 5 between 8am and 10am.  Remember, you must have paid your 2020 dues.  Any birds not claimed by 10am on September 5 may be sold to the public.  If you have 15 or more hours earned, you will get a full allotment of birds.  If you have 10 hours earned but less than 15, you will get a partial allotment.  Roosters may be purchased for $12 and hens for $10.  A 5% discount is available if purchasing 25 or more.  A few crates are available for member use.  Email DCCL@DCCL>ORG  for more information. 



We are sorry to report that our Treasurer, Archie Degnan, will be leaving the Board this fall due to he and his wife moving to Florida.  We appreciate all the work that Archie has done for the League and wish him and Mrs. Degnan well. 


This means that we need a new Treasurer and we would like to get the best qualified person to fill the spot.  The League provides a laptop computer and printer for the Treasurer.   Anyone interested should have some knowledge of elementary financial software and Excel.  We have an accounting firm that handles tax filings.  The position would probably take about one to two hours of time per week.  Additionally, the person should attend Board meetings once per month.  If you are interested, you may send an email to dccl@dccl.org or contact a Board member for more information.  Thanks for considering.   



The DCCL is very fortunate to be on solid financial ground.  At its July meeting Board members voted unanimously to create a second perpetual scholarship fund in the amount of $25,000 at UW-Stevens Point.  This means that each year a successful applicant would receive a grant of $1,000 based on earnings from the fund.  Criteria for both scholarships will be the same, i.e., the student must be enrolled in the College of Natural Resources, have Junior or Senior standing and be a Wisconsin resident.  This year’s recipient was Casey Olson of Oregon, Wisconsin. 



It has been a difficult year financially for most conservation organizations.   The WWF is no exception.  Due to the coronavirus, the Federation had to cancel many of its fund raising events.  The League has been a long-time member and fully supports the great work the WWF does in giving sportsmen and women a voice at the State Capitol.  So, this year in addition to our usual dues, we made a special one-time donation that should provide some help in meeting the needs of the WWF. 



The Board held its July meeting at the Deer Creek Sportsman’s Club near Mt. Vernon.  We will hold all future Board meetings there at least through the end of the year.  The Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. and members are always welcome.   It is not clear if we will be able to hold general membership meetings this fall or not due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We will keep you informed. 



On Saturday, July 11, a hard working group of volunteers from Dane County PF came to the pheasant farm and cleaned out the brooders which they have done for several years now.  In exchange the League donates some birds for the annual Learn to Hunt event held in the fall.  Thanks to all PF folks who helped do one of the nastiest jobs of the year. 



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 All Family members are welcome to join in on the fun!!

Pheasants will be given out starting aug 31st.  And Remember you must :

Bat House Project.

In April we initiated our first bat house project successfully with the help of many members at the farm cutting the pieces, staining, and painting them .  We built 20 nursery bat houses and 10 single bat houses.  Collaborating with the DNR Heather Kaarakka, a bat biologist, and Darren Marsh, director of the Dane County Parks who picked specific sites; we installed four bat stations at four county parks.  Installation took about 6 hours, and those sites are:  Yahara Heights, Token Creek Park, Babcock Park, and the Lower Mud Lake Natural Area.  Two bat houses are also installed at the farm. We still have some nursery and single houses for sale for anyone interested.  Nursery houses are $20 and single houses are $10.

As a conservation league our highest priority is to help preserve threatened or endangered species. Bats in Wisconsin have seen a huge reduction in population due to White Nose Syndrome (WNS).  Our recourse is to help supply summer habitat for bats on city, county, and private land to help them recover.   With growing interest, continuation for bat houses next year requests should be done in March with site selection by April whether citizen, private club(s),  city, county, or state.   

New Go wild DNR Website To Purchase a license, permit or register you kill.

Need a place to hunt this fall? Want to know where the pheasants are stocked each week? or even find a parking lot. check out this great hunting tool.  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/fflight.html


Membership meeting are starting in September

Board meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Membership meetings are the fourth Tuesday at 7:00pm. With Guest Speaker To discuss farm issues and conservation efforts. Everyone is Welcome to join us.

All Meetings are held at the VFW Hall, 133 E. Lakeside St.(off John Nolen drive). in Madison.

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