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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

DANE COUNTY CONSERVATION LEAGUE
IMPORTANT UPDATES
The DCCL Board made some major decisions at its December 15 regular meeting regarding League
business in 2021. All of the changes have been brought about by the effects of COVID-19, of course.
1. All membership dues for 2021 are waived. If you were a member in 2020, you will be a member in
2021.
2. The annual meeting normally held in January is cancelled.
3. All current board members will have their terms extended for one year. Officers will also be the same.
4. There will not be a banquet in April but we may try to hold one this fall.
5. We will probably operate the pheasant farm as usual, but a further decision will be made in the next
month or two. This will depend somewhat on public health guidelines
6. Monthly membership meetings probably won’t resume until next fall. The board meets the 3rd
Tuesday of each month via Zoom.
BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2021

 

DANE COUNTY CONSERVATION LEAGUE NEWS

 

 

HIGH WAY CLEAN UP PROJECT

 

Want to get some fresh air and exercise?  How about joining some fellow DCCL members picking up trash on the League’s section of Highways 18 & 151?  We will meet at the pheasant farm, 2497 County Road J, Verona at 8am on Saturday, May 8.  Bags and safety vests will be provided. This shouldn’t take more than two hours.   Here’s a chance to improve the environment if you missed your opportunity on Earth Day.  Thanks for considering.  Contact Denise Johnson at 513-1026 for more information.

 

PHEASANT FARM UPDATE

 

The farm will be open every Saturday beginning on May 1 at 8am.  Most of the time we will be done with any chores by 10am.  Some of the first work to be done is repairing and mowing in the pens. At a recent Board meeting is was decided to change the work hours requirement this year.  Any member who paid dues in 2020 will receive an allotment of birds for 12 hours of work.  Same for new members who join in 2021.  Not all hours need to be made at the farm.  Hours apply if you have worked on any League activity. No credit is given for less than 12 hours of work or more than 12.  However, anyone is welcome to put in more than 12 hours or less than 12.  The day old chicks are scheduled to arrive about May 31, but it could be sooner if any become available.  

 

OPEN SEASONS SPORTSMAN’S EXPO

(formerly Deer and Turkey Expo)

 

The League hosted an information booth at the Expo held recently at the Kalahari Hotel in Wisconsin Dells.  Large crowds attended each day and the League was able to get our message out to dozens of interested attendees.  Thanks to Richard Brye for manning the booth for most of the three days.  It is not known yet if the Expo will return to the Alliant Energy Center next year or remain in the Dells.  The Board approved to have a booth again next year at this event regardless of the location.

 

 

BIRD NESTING STRUCTURES

 

Thanks to Jerry Paffenroth, Bob and Linda Degnan, and a few others for installing, repairing and cleaning some bluebird and wood duck houses in Dane County.  You may be able to spot some of these as you roam about the county.

 

 

PRAIRIE CHICKEN ASSISTANCE

 

The Board recently approved a request for some financial help from DNR staff who maintain our land in the Buena Vista Wildlife Area for preserving prairie chickens.  We will be able to assist with the purchase of equipment, supplies and the hiring of a summer intern.  These are all things that the League has done in the past.  It should be noted that funding is possible because of payments from placing many acres in the federal Grassland Reserve Program in the past 10 years or so.  Investment income from those funds allows us to make these donations as well as underwrite other League endeavors.  

 

PRAIRIE ENTHIUSIASTS PROJECT

 

Recently the Board was approached by the Prairie Enthusiasts organization to see if the DCCL might be interested in assisting in a land purchase and habitat project in eastern Iowa County.  No decision has been made by the board at this time for any type of assistance.  We plan to visit the property sometime in June or July to see if the League can be of any help.  Whatever decision is made, it would not mean that the DCCL would own any new land.  More information will be coming and members will be given a chance to visit the property along with some Board members if this project continues to move forward.  If any donation were made, it would not jeopardize any other League

activities.  

 

 

 

HUNTER SAFETY CAPS

 

Again this year, the League will be donating blaze orange caps with the words “DCCL Hunter Safety” to the Hunter Education classes led by Ray Anderson and his colleagues as well as some classes held at the Deer Creek Sportsman’s Club.  We thank the folks who take the time to teach hunter safety to students of all ages.

 

 

DCCL BOARD MEETINGS  

 

During the past year of COVID-19 the Board has been meeting via Zoom.  Starting in May, the Board will be meeting at the Deer Creek Sportsman’s clubhouse near Mt. Vernon.  The Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  

          NO MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19  

  

FUTURE MEETING SITE

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. 

 

 

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DCCL E-NEWSLETTER

 

 

 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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