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#1 Guest_bullhead_*

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 11:44 AM

First, let me quote the little bit I could find:

"Orientation Session for Wisconsin Ephemeral Ponds Project
Thursday, November 8, 2007. 7pm. Volunteers are necessary to monitor these temporary but critically important ponds; this will be a chance to see what is involved. Attending will not obligate but will inform you about the project and what is necessary. You may then decide if you want to attend a comprehensive training session at a later date. You may choose to map and monitor at Bong or other public lands, your own land, or other private lands (with landowner permission). As a volunteer you would start in March. Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Rd, Kansasville, Kenosha County. Call Beth Goeppinger, 262-878-5607. Subjects: Nature, Environment [E-51059]"

The above is from: http://www.wisconlin...ect=Environment .

There is another orientation session on November 15 at 6 PM, in Racine at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road.

I am not sure who is sponsoring this project, the WI DNR or UW or whomever, but it does sound like something that might be interesting to get involved with. At the very least, you might find a source for fairy shrimp.

#2 Guest_TheLorax_*

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 11:41 AM

I would be interested in the orientation project being planned. Are you going bullhead? Have you any other details?

#3 Guest_bullhead_*

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:40 PM

Yes, I have more info, but it is all on my desk at work. I should get in tomorrow (Thursday) and be able to reply with better detail. Basically, this is a volunteer program for locating and studying ephemeral wetlands. It is run by the DNR and UW Extension office. They will be doing this in the lower "coastal" WI counties: Kenosha through Sheboygan as well as a couple of others, e.g., Walworth.

#4 Guest_TheLorax_*

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:14 AM

I would be interested in the orientation for Kenosha Co. That's below the tension zone. I looked at a map to locate your town and incredibly, I believe you may only be around 20 miles north and west of where I live. I wondered how it was you were so familiar with my area. Glad you live where you do and are actively involved in the community to be able to share information. I look forward to more details on the orientation.

#5 Guest_bullhead_*

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:49 PM

OK, good info on all of the DNR volunteer programs can be found here:


Specific info on the ephemeral ponds study is here:


Gail Epping Overholt is the contact person: gail.overholt@ces.uwex.edu (414-290-2434). I do not see any info on upcoming orientation sessions, other than they will be held in Nov/Dec/Jan. I went to the Bong session in November. You can certainly volunteer without attending an orientation session.

#6 Guest_fundulus_*

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:53 PM

What happens at a Bong session, if I may be so bold?

#7 Guest_TheLorax_*

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 03:47 PM

I went to a Richard Bong State Recreation Area session once and we simply hand pulled Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) for hours on end. Depends on what their land stewards determine is the best activity based on available human resources. If one has experienced volunteers responding to a call, a land steward may decide to step up the pace more so than s/he would for a group of Boy Scouts volunteering for three hours of community service. That's where hand pulling Garlic Mustard comes into play. Pretty difficult to mis-identify that species unless you're blind and young ones can get quite a sense of accomplishment in a relatively short period of time ripping that out of the ground. A. petiolata pulls up and out quite easily and there's usually more of it to pull up the following years based on the incredible seed bank it creates.

editing post for clarification- changing Bong session to Richard Bong State Recreation Area session.

#8 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 09:26 PM

I guess you could ask... but anyone that was there might have a hard time remembering... but man am I hungry...

What happens at a Bong session, if I may be so bold?

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

#9 Guest_TheLorax_*

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:25 PM

Oh my, that totally flew over my head.

Not that kind of a bong at all. I don't think I even know anyone who has even seen one of those things since the 60's and 70's in college.


#10 Guest_bullhead_*

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:44 PM

Richard Bong was a local Wisconsin boy and a big WWII fighter ace. Bong is a bit of an oddball state park. Actually, it is called a state recreation area, but your WI state park sticker works just fine to get in. Basically, this was intended to be a big Cold War Air Force base, but funding was cancelled the day before the runway concrete was to be poured. The crushed stone base for the big runway is still there. Aside from hunting and fishing, the park has horse trails, motocross trails, dog training fields, an R/C airplane field, etc. The local WI rocketry groups hold their high-power launches on the runway.

#11 Guest_TheLorax_*

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:14 PM

I called Gail Epping Overholt last week to learn more about the training sessions available. Very nice lady. She indicated someone would contact me. So far no contact.

#12 Guest_bullhead_*

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 12:30 PM

OK, there will be actual training sessions on February 23 and March 29. Registration deadline is February 10.

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