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THE AUDUBON

NEWSLETTER
OF THE
MADISON
AUDUBON
SOCIETY

222 S. Hamilton St. / Madison, WI 53703 / 255-BIRD / http://madisonaudubon.org A PRIL 2002

Less is More Learn to Live Better with Less


Sustainable Living for Earth Week
homes since 1984. In 1990, he began using the natural world. You're welcome to join
Free Public Program reclaimed timbers from old warehouses. them and MAS board members at the pre-
What: Kick off Earth Week with a These timbers also provide the materials program dinner at Paisan's Restaurant
Sustainable Living Panel for flooring, trim boards, stair railings, cab- beginning at 5:15 p.m. Please call the office
When: Tuesday, April 16 inets, and heat for his workspace. at 608/225-BIRD (255-2473) if you have
7:00 p.m. - Refreshments Glenville Timberwrights earned the questions.
"Business Friend of the Environment
7:30 p.m. - Program
Award" in 2001 presented by Wisconsin
Where: Bolz Auditorium, Meriter Manufacturers and Commerce.
Hospital, 124 S. Brooks St. Dan Stuntebeck is a computer support Art Fair Raffle Prizes
Madison technician at Middleton High School. He
Parking: Meriter Hospital paid has made a radical change in his choice of The following is a partial list of raf-
parking ramp across the street, on transportation. Dan also will speak to liv- fle prizes for our 26th annual Art Fair
the street, or Lot 51 north of ing lightly on the planet in his choice of to be held May 4 at Olbrich Botanical
Regent and Mills St. personal needs. Gardens. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for
Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at
$5. Winners need not be present to
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, oversees the
The President's Council on Sustainable win. Tickets are available at the MAS
design, planting, and maintenance of more
Development (PCSD) was created in June
than 14 acres of display gardens. He teach- office through May 3 and at the Art
1993 to develop recommendations to help Fair on May 4.
move the U.S. toward sustainable devel-
opment. Their report to President Clinton
es classes for Olbrich and will discuss
organic and sustainable gardening. · We-no-nah Fisherman 14' tandem
Every spring, members of Middleton recreational canoe. Retail value $795.
found "the size of our population and the
High School's environmental studies class- Donated by Rutabaga, Inc.
scale of our consumption are essential
determinants of whether or not the U.S.
es select a lifestyle change in which they
become more environmentally responsible
· Spotting scope. Retail value $400.
Donated by Eagle Optics.
will be able to achieve sustainability."
Hampering sustainability are U.S. con-
in the areas of energy or water conserva-
tion, the use of toxic-free chemicals, or
· Eureka Timberline 4 person tent.
sumption rates, which are unparalleled Retail value $200. Donated by
dietary choices. Two former members of
anywhere in the world. While U.S. per Fontana Sports Specialties.
capita consumption is not rising except in
plastic and paper, our total consumption
last year's class, Erica Schmitz and Annie
Emmenegger, will discuss their lifestyle · Wildlife print donated by artist
changes and what progress they have Jonathan Wilde with framing donated
of natural resources is still increasing due by Meuer Art Company. Retail value
made.
to our rising population (PCSD, 1999). $150.
·
In addition, Madison Gas & Electric will
How are conservation-minded people
have a display in the foyer at Bolz Grapevine bird bath. Retail value
changing lifestyles and reducing their eco-
Auditorium before the program with con- $110. Donated by Chickadee Depot.
logical footprint? Panel members will dis-
cuss ideas for sustainable living in the
servation information and energy-saving
tips.
· Velbon tripod. Retail value $100.
Donated by Wild Birds Unlimited.
areas of home construction, organic gar-
dening, transportation, and personal
This program is co-sponsored by the
University of Wisconsin-Madison
· Original metal sculpture. Retail
choices for decreasing environmental value $100. Donated by artist Ellis
Department of Wildlife Ecology.
impact.
Our speakers will offer ways you can
Nelson.
Tom Holmes of Glenville
live better while shrinking your impact on
Timberwrights has built timberframe See Page 8 for more details!

Madison Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society


Step Into Spring! Saturdays, April 6 & 20: Members will be on hand to help visi-
Beginning Birding tors locate and identify waterfowl. If
Saturday, April 6: Once Around the Each spring, MAS sponsors many the weather is inclement, the scopes
Sink and Down the Drain birding field trips and, though the will not be set up. If you have ques-
Come and enjoy a walk around the leaders attempt to help new birders, it tions or would like to volunteer as a
sink and a plunge down the drain. is not always possible to answer all host, call Dorothy Haines at 221-1948
We'll look for returning waterfowl their questions. Picnic Point will be or the MAS office, 255-BIRD.
and grassland birds at Shoveler's Sink, the site for beginners to get their ques-
then stroll through the gorge cut by tions answered. This area, at the west Thursday, April 11: Frogs Night Out
glacial meltwater at the Cross Plains end of the UW campus, offers a varied Bring a sense of adventure on this
Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, habitat and a good opportunity to trip as you "look" at the world from a
and finally search for Pasque flowers, observe a variety of waterfowl and different perspective - through
the stalwart harbingers of spring, on small birds. sounds. Besides listening for a variety
the bluffs above. This three-mile walk We will meet in the parking lot by of frog calls, participants will learn
will trace the contrasting landscape of the 1918 Marsh (across from the about frog lifestyles and wetlands
glaciated and unglaciated (Driftless entrance to Picnic Point) at 7:30 a.m. ecology. Bring a flashlight and wear
Area) terrain along the route of the Ice on April 6 and at 6:00 p.m. on April footgear that can get muddy and wet
Age National Scenic Trail. We'll see 20. Questions? Call Allen Holzhueter (in cold water); bring rain gear if
evidence of and talk about the dra- at 238-0546. appropriate. The trip will be canceled
matic Ice Age events that sculpted the if the temperature is below 45 degrees
variety of scenic wildlife habitats we Sundays, April 7 & 14 : Fahrenheit or in case of very strong
enjoy today. Scope Days at Goose Pond winds. The rain date for this trip is
Wear sturdy footwear, bring binoc- Scope viewing days at Goose Pond April 18. Call trip leader Bob Hay
ulars, water, food and dress appropri- will be held during the peak of the only if you have questions; (608/267-
ately for the weather. Meet at 9:00 AM spring migration season. We some- 0849; work) or (608/829-3123; home).
at the intersection of Cleveland Road times have as many as 20 species of Meet at the Mazomanie Wildlife
& Old Sauk Pass. This is about .75 waterfowl on the "Seen Today" board. Area at 6:45 p.m. Directions: From
mile south of U.S. Highway 14 in the Tundra Swans are often among the Highway 14 in Mazomanie, drive
Town of Cross Plains. The trip leader earliest visitors; they rest up here on north on County Highway Y for about
is Gary Werner, from the Dane their long trip from Chesapeake Bay 4 miles. Just before the highway bends
County Chapter Ice Age Park & Trail to the Arctic Circle. to the east (right), turn left on Law's
Foundation, whom you can contact at Spotting scopes will be set up along Drive. Travel on the access road about
249-7870 with questions. the drive for visitor use on Sunday 0.25 miles and turn left onto a gravel
afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. road. Follow this about 1.5 miles until
JOIN MADISON AUDUBON
MADISON AUDUBON SOCIETY
President: Joanne Herfel, 241-8009 THE AUDUBON CAWS is published
Introductory New membership - $20 Vice-president: Debra Weitzel, 836-4051 September through July by:
Membership Renewal - $35 Goose Pond Resident Naturalists: Madison Audubon Society,
Student/Senior Membership - $15 Mark and Sue Martin, 635-4160 222 S. Hamilton St.,
Foreign - Add $10 in US funds Editor: Abbie Kurtz, 245-1758 Madison, WI 53703,
abbiejkurtz@yahoo.com (608) 255-BIRD (2473).
Graphic design: Paul Capobianco Birding hotline, 255-BIRM
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The mission of the Madison Audubon
Society, 222 S. Hamilton St. Suite 1, Society is to educate our members and the E-mail services donated by Berbee
Madison, WI 53703 public about the natural world and the Contribution deadline is April 1 for
threats that natural systems are facing, to the May issue, for which items may be
Name engage in advocacy to preserve and protect sent to Abbie Kurtz, 313 Moulton Ct.,
Address these systems, and to develop and maintain Madison, WI 53704.
City sanctuaries to save and restore natural abbiejkurtz@yahoo.com
State Zip habitat.

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it dead-ends at a parking lot. The trip Sunday, April 21 : Wildflowers at Thursday, April 25: Birding at
leader will be there to meet you. The Walking Iron Nine Springs
trip will last until 9:00 p.m. Come on this trip to Walking Iron Join us on this evening trip to Nine
County Park to search prairies, wood- Springs, one of Madison's most excit-
Friday, April 12: Evening at lands and wetlands for wildflowers, ing birding spots. We will look for
Unknown Location such as pasque flowers, dutchman's waterfowl, Herons, Sandhill Cranes,
For many years Mark and Sue have breeches and marsh marigolds. We Gulls, Terns, early shorebirds, and
lead an evening field trip to Mud will keep an eye out for migrants, passerines. This will be an easy-going
Lake. Join the Martins at a new loca- such as bluebirds, hermit thrushes, hike on flat, but possibly muddy ter-
tion at sunset as they look, watch and swamp sparrows, and early butter- rain. Bring binoculars and a scope if
listen for wildlife including the flies. Be prepared for about 2 hours of you have one.
courtship flight of woodcocks. enjoying these wildflowers, butter- Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the E-Way park-
Meet at the manager's residence at flies, and birds. ing lot on East Moorland Rd. Take
Goose Pond at 6:30 p.m. This trip will Meet trip leader Todd Miller at 8:00 South Town Dr. south from the
last over two hours until after dark a.m. at the Kohl's Food Store parking Beltline, then turn east (left) on East
(bring a flashlight). If you have ques- lot in Middleton at the intersection of Moorland Rd. The parking lot is on
tions or if the weather is questionable Allen Blvd. and Century Ave. Those the south (right) side of the road. If
call Mark or Sue at 635-4160. who wish can meet the group at 8:30 you have questions, contact Nick
at the Walking Iron Co. Park by going Walton at (920) 563-8731 or email
Friday, April 19: Evening at west on Hwy 14 to Mazomanie, then ngwalton@hotmail.com
Cherokee Marsh north on Co. Hwy. Y, then west on
Enjoy a few evening hours of bird- Hudson St. and north on Beckman to Saturday, April 27: Abraham's
ing in Cherokee Marsh. We should the parking lot on the right. If you Woods Wildflowers & Birds
find cranes, observe the courtship have questions, call Todd at 242-8998. Before European settlement in the
flight of woodcock and snipe and see mid-1800s, three large islands of sugar
several spring migrants. maple forest floated in the prairie-
Cherokee Marsh, Madison's largest savanna landscape of southern
natural area, is located on the north- Wisconsin. Abraham's Woods, a State
east side of Madison. Meet at 6:30 PM Natural Area and one of the UW
at the Cherokee Marsh parking lot at Arboretum's outlying areas, is one of
the north end of Sherman Ave. the finest remnants of sugar maple
Waterproof footwear is recommend- forest left in southern Wisconsin. On
ed. Trip leaders are Levi Wood and this field trip we will be looking for
Tony Kalenich. If you have questions, spring wildflowers that may be at
call Levi at 277-7959. their peak, and strolling through the
forest of sugar maple, basswood, yel-
Sunday, April 21: Scope days at Lake lowbud hickory, hackberry, and other
Farm Park -- NEW SCOPE DAY typical southern mesic forest trees.
The first ever scope viewing day at Possible birds include vesper spar-
Dane County's newest park, rows, bobolinks and meadowlarks,
Madison's own Lake Farm Park. red-headed woodpeckers, kinglets,
Spotting scopes will be set up on the early warblers, and possible scarlet
deck of the new Lussier Heritage tanagers and towhees.
Center on Lake Farm Road, overlook- Time permitting, we will stop at
Directions to Goose Pond: From the
ing the Nine Springs and Lake Farm east — take Hwy. 51 north into nearby Oliver Prairie, a limestone
Park area. This is a fantastic place to Columbia County, turn left (west) on "goat" prairie, in search of pasque
observe migrating shorebirds, water- County Hwy. K; after two miles turn flowers fruits, bird-foot violets, prairie
fowl and sandhill cranes. Please join right on (north) on Goose Pond Road, smoke, Richardson's sedge and the
us and explore the wonderful new then turn left on Prairie Road, which is leaves and flower buds of other lime-
park, trails, nature center and camp- the driveway into the Sanctuary. prairie plants.
ground! Members will be on hand to From the west — take County Hwy. Q We will carpool at 8:00 a.m. from
help visitors locate and identify north to Waunakee, then continue the Super America gas station parking
species. If the weather is inclement the straight north to County Hwy. V; turn lot, at the intersection of Verona and
scopes will not be set up. right (east) on V; after four miles go Raymond Roads. If you would like to
If you have questions or would like north (left) on County Hwy. I for pass on carpooling and meet the
to volunteer as a host please call about four miles and turn right (east) group at Abe's Woods, located just
Dorothy Haines at 221-1948 or the on County Hwy. K. After one mile southwest of Albany in Green Co.,
MAS office at 255-BIRD. turn left (north) on Goose Pond Road. contact the trip leader for directions.
The trip leader, Andrew Hipp, is a

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naturalist at the Arboretum and cur- fly shows, Jon will share his knowl- right (South) onto Highway 213 and
rently studying botany at the edge about these colorful creatures as take this until the southern edge of
University of Wisconsin - Madison. he has become a butterfly enthusiast. Evansville where the Red Owl is locat-
Please call 218-9005 or e-mail Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Owen Park ed. We will carpool from there to
alhipp@students.wisc.edu with any parking lot near the house off the dri- Colored Sands Forest Preserve, just
questions. We will cancel only in the veway from Old Sauk Rd., across from south of the WI state line in Winnebago
case of dangerous weather. Crestwood School. The trip will last til Co., IL. If you have questions, contact
about dark, possibly 2 hours. If you Nick Walton at (920) 563-8731 or email
Sunday, April 28: Birding Wyalusing have questions, call Jon Sutton at 238- ngwalton@hotmail.com
Al Shea, one of Wisconsin's most 7676.
experienced birders, will lead this trip Tuesday May 7, Thursday May 9 &
to Wyalusing State Park, which over- Saturday, May 4: Birding Picnic Point Tuesday May 14: Warbler Walks at
looks the confluence of the Wisconsin Come join trip leaders Roma the Arboretum
and Mississippi Rivers. The Mississippi Lenehan and Richard Clark for a pleas- MAS's annual early morning warbler
is a major migration route for numer- ant spring morning of birding on walks will be held in the UW
ous birds and the rugged bluffs make Picnic Point, one of Madison's birding Arboretum. This year's trip leaders will
this breathtaking scenery a beautiful hot spots. With lots of shoreline, open be Levi Wood (May 7), Tod Highsmith
spot for a spring adventure. We'll water and a variety of woods, wetlands (May 9) and Tony Kalenic (May 14).
observe hawks, warblers, lots of other and open areas, Picnic Point is known We will be looking for migrating war-
birds and maybe a few spring wild- for its diversity of birds. By May 1, blers as well as Vireos, Thrushes,
flowers. Bring a lunch, as this trip will many migrants may be here, depend- Tanagers and whatever else flies by.
last until mid-afternoon. ing on the weather. On the lake we will Meet at 6:00 a.m. in the Arboretum at
We will carpool at 5:00 a.m. from the look for waterfowl, gulls and terns; in the Wingra/Galistel Woods parking lot
Super America gas station parking lot, the marshlands we'll be looking for along McCaffrey Drive. Enter the
at the intersection of Verona and blackbirds, wrens, song and swap Arboretum from the east off of Mills
Raymond Roads. If you have ques- sparrows; in the woodlands we'll look Street. If you enter from the west
tions, call Al Shea at 825-6232. for woodpeckers, thrushes, orioles, (Seminole Hwy.) you will have to walk
vireos and early warblers; and in the from the McKay Center parking area. If
Tuesday & Thursday, April 30 & May fields and gardens we'll look for grass- you have questions, call Levi Wood at
2: Warbler Walks at Picnic Point land sparrows. 277-7959.
These first two Madison Audubon Trip leader Roma Lenehan has over
annual early morning warbler walks 20 years of birding at Picnic Point and Big Birding Day, May 11
will be held at Picnic Point. Trip lead- just compiled a Campus Area Bird Madison Audubon is holding its 3rd
ers Ken Barmore (April 30) and Willy Checklist. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the 1918 annual Big Birding Day on
Hutchinson (May 2) will be looking for Marsh parking lot across University International Migratory Bird Day,
migrating warblers, waterfowl as well Bay Drive from Picnic Point, north of Saturday, May 11. Come celebrate the
as Vireos, Thrushes, Tanagers, and the UW hospital. The trip will last for spring migration with us! The event
whatever else flies by. Meet at 6:00 a.m. 2-3 hours with an opportunity to will begin at 4:00 A.M., yes four, and
at the parking lot of Picnic Point. If you extend longer. If you have questions, run for 14 hours until 6:00 p.m. The
have any questions, call Ken Barmore call Roma Lenehan at (608) 238-5406. goal is to find as many bird species as
at 836-6096 or Willy Hutchinson at 260- you can in ONE of three Counties
8263. Sunday, May 5: Bird Banding at within those 14 hours and return to the
Sand Bluff Bird Observatory finish line before 6:00 P.M. This year,
Wednesday, May 1: Mayday! Get an up close look at migrating due to many requests, we have
Owen Park Evening Nature Walk birds in May at the Sand Bluff Bird EXPANDED the number of counties to
Come enjoy a leisurely stroll through Observatory, one of the biggest band- be birded, to three. We have added
Owen Park with trip leader Jon Sutton. ing stations in the country. This trip Columbia and Jefferson Counties to the
Owen Park is a Madison conservation will coincide with the SBBO's 3rd usual Dane County region. HOWEV-
park on the south side of Old Sauk Annual Bird Fest. We will observe the ER, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND PARTIC-
Road. Jon is an environmental educator banding procedure, go for a short IPANTS ARE ALLOWED TO ONLY
with a broad background in natural walk, and participate in other festival BIRD WITHIN ONE COUNTY FOR
history. Having been a birder all his activities. Bring lunch and binoculars if THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE
life, he will do his best to identify as you have them. Please be prepared to EVENT!
many spring migrants as show up. We donate $2 per person that will benefit The reason? For fun, the experience,
may see thrushes, woodpeckers, spar- the banding station. Thank you. the camaraderie with other birders and
rows, swallows, a few early warblers Meet at 7:30am in Evansville at the to raise a small amount of money for
and maybe an owl. We'll keep an eye Red Owl grocery store parking lot. Madison Audubon. More than any-
out for wildflowers in the woods and From the Beltline in Madison, take US thing this event is for your enjoyment
the restored prairies. If an early butter- HWY 14 South to Evansville. Turn and to create an opportunity to see a

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large variety of migratory species in local businesses. Rapid growth often development.
one day. causes higher rents, housing short- This article is adapted from Paying
Birding with a group or a friend is a ages, spiraling costs, and demands for for Growth, Prospering from
wonderful way to learn about and higher wages to meet the higher cost Development, available from PMI,
appreciate our natural world. of living. 970-927-3807 or www.rmi.org
Consider adding an inexperienced A sound economy requires develop-
birder to your team. ment, that is, vigorous enterprise and WISCONSIN FROGS: A Review of
The total number of species seen a decent standard of living. This Three New Books
last year was 160! Highlight birds includes reducing costs, creating jobs by Karl and Dorothy Legler
included: red-shouldered hawk, white and affordable housing, enhancing
pelican, yellow-breasted chat, red- cultural and educational opportuni- It is our pleasure to review three
necked grebe and a black-throated ties, and improving health and public new frog and toad books. After partic-
blue warbler. safety. ipating in the Frog and Toad Survey
This year, gift certificates to But it doesn't necessarily require for 20 years we are thrilled to see such
Chickadee Depot and other prizes will growth, that is, expanded community excellent resources available.
be given to the top ranking teams. The size. A community might be com- A good introduction to the subject
ala carte cost is $20 per person OR $30 pared to a human being. Human is Madison Audubon's
which covers your participation, din- growth after maturity becomes cancer. Publication Wisconsin Frogs and
ner, and the awards banquet held at When a town continues to grow after Toads which includes a cassette tape
Imperial Gardens West where adven- maturity, its cancer is manifest in of frog calls. The 24 page book was
tures of the day will be told. This is a many ways: higher taxes, environ- revised in 2001 and has black and
rain or shine event. It is anticipated mental degradation, spiteful contro- white drawings of Wisconsin's dozen
that each team will find 100-150 versy, and loss of a sense of communi- species. It contains basic information
species in the 14-hour limit. You do ty. on identification and has a calendar of
not have to bird the entire 14 hours There are plenty of ways to develop calling periods, descriptions of habitat,
but please come join us for the ban- an economy without growth. For breeding period, voice, and distribu-
quet afterwards and tell us of your instance, import replacement is a tion maps. The book and cassette are
days adventures. powerful means that is little used. It available for $7.00 from: Madison
So, put a team together of 2-4 peo- means producing locally what had Audubon Society, 222 South Hamilton
ple, check the Madison Audubon previously been purchased from out- St., Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703.
website (www.madisonaudubon.org) side the community. Two excellent The second book is Amphibians of
for registration forms and rules or call ways to reduce imports are support- Wisconsin by Rebecca Christoffel,
the MAS office at 255-BIRD for copies. ing existing businesses and plugging Robert Hay, and Michelle Wolfgram
Each team needs to elect a captain the unnecessary leakage of dollars and (2001), a beautiful and informative
who will be responsible for coordina- resources from the community. These publication. Besides the 12 Wisconsin
tion of the team. The registration efficiency measures increase the num- species of frogs and toads, the book
deadline is Wednesday, May 1. Don't ber of times a dollar is spent in the also includes our 7 species of salaman-
delay, check the website or call MAS community, thereby increasing local ders. This 45 page book has wonderful
today to register or for more informa- wealth. color photographs of each species. It
tion. Researchers for Rocky Mountain includes information on general biolo-
Institute have found scores of exam- gy, breeding period and behavior,
POPULATION AND H ABITAT ples of communities that curtailed feeding, defense, overwintering, and
leaks in their local economies. For global declines. The authors also dis-
example, Osage, Iowa discovered a cuss the value of amphibians and
Prospering Without Growing ways to protect them. It can be pur-
way to develop its economy without
by Michael Kinsley chased for $4.00 from: Bureau of
growing. The community plugged its
(Used with permission from the Endangered Resources, P.O. Box 7921,
energy leaks; money that had been
Population Press Newsletter) Madison, WI 53707 (Make checks out
spent out of town to buy gas and elec-
tricity has become, in effect, tax-free to the Endangered Resources
Residents of many growing towns Program, and please write Herps
income. A total of $1.2 million now
and cities are learning the hard way Education Account on the memo line).
stays in Osage each year, much of it
that growth is not the solution to their The third book is Wisconsin Frogs.
recirculating in the economy,
economic woes. While they enjoy the Places to Hear Frogs and Toads Near
strengthening local businesses with-
benefits of growth, they are also vexed Our Urban Areas, by Randy Korb
out growing community size. Using
by the problems it causes: traffic con- (2001). This attractive 80-page book
the lessons from these community
gestion, crime, long commutes, air with many color photos includes a CD
endeavors, the Institute's Renewal
pollution, increasing intolerance, dis- with the calls of the 12 frogs and toads.
Team assists growing towns to devel-
respect for traditional leadership, and
op their economy without growing by
increasingly cut-throat competition in Continued on page 6
building capacity for sustainable

April 2002 5
Wisconsin Frogs continued - 5

Easily accessible information about


each frog is listed under headings
such as voice, distinguishing marks,
sexes, etc. The text notes whether the
species is increasing, declining, or sta- Francis
ble. Each species account has a Hole plays
Wisconsin map showing county distri- his violin
bution records and a U.S. map show- and sings
ing the North American range. a soil song
Listening sites in four urban areas -- at Prairie
Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and Jubilee at
the Fox Cities -- are detailed. To obtain Goose
a copy, send a check for $16.95 plus Pond
$1.50 postage (made out to Randy Sanctuary!
Korb) to: Randy Korb, PMP #142, 101
South Military Avenue, Green Bay, Francis Hole found chiefly in Wisconsin and takes
WI 54303. 1913-2002 its name from the city of Antigo. He
We heartily recommend all of these began campaigning for the state soil
books and recordings (and that you by Sue Martin TNS in 1976 and saw it adopted on
join the MAS frog field trip on April (Temporarily Not Soil) September 14, 1983. Instead of hiring
11). Before you know it, you'll be at lawyers to present his case, he filled
your favorite wetland site at dusk Francis Hole was my teacher. He the hearings with school children that
enjoying the ancient sounds of frogs in taught me that soils have horizons. He sang his Antigo silt loam song and
chorus, along with the other night taught me that "soil" was the correct used hand puppets to carry his mes-
sounds of katydids, whip-poor-wills, name for the earth beneath our feet, sage.
owls, and rails, all within a glorious and that "dirt" was a four-letter word Francis also gave the soil a voice
setting of fireflies and stars! not to be used to describe the medium through his collections of "soil songs"
that gives life to every living thing on that he sang while playing his violin.
the planet. About mining the soils and And when he put his thoughts to
****Late Action Alert**** treasures of rock and gravel contained music, his students became his disci-
below, Francis would say with ples.
Tell Governor McCallum (266-1212) authority "the earth does not like it Through his quiet ways, Francis did
to keep the Dane County Regional when humans dig holes and disrupt more to improve the planet than
Planning Commission alive - see the work that Mother Nature put many may know. Those of us who
Alerts at http://madisonaudubon.org, down over the ages". knew him are left to carry on his work
for details. Apparently, Francis taught many to care for the earth. I think that he
more people than me, which was evi- would want us to reflect on the won-
dent at his recent memorial service in ders of Nature and do the good work
Madison. If each one of the several that is necessary to protect the planet.
hundred attendees who came to As members of Madison Audubon
honor his memory that day was one our work to preserve, protect and
part of a class that Francis taught, restore natural systems through our
well, you do the math. sanctuaries is the kind of work that
During his lifetime, Francis touched Francis supported. Through educa-
thousands of students of all ages and tion and advocacy, we can continue
from all walks of life, by teaching the the work that was so important to
gifts of the soil. In his quiet way, he him.
could convince the strongest skeptics Francis joined the UW faculty in
to begin to think of soil as a friend to 1946 as assistant professor of soils. In
be protected, and one that needed a 1974 he received the university's dis-
voice. tinguished teaching award. He retired
Perhaps his greatest work in this in 1983 but remained active in educa-
area was his challenge to have the tion well into the 1990s. His daughter,
State of Wisconsin recognize a State Sarah, has been an important and
Soil. His choice was "Antigo Silt active member of Madison Audubon
Loam", one of more than 500 major for many years, serving on commit-
soil types found in Wisconsin. It is tees and on the Board of Directors
where she is currently our Secretary.
6 The Audubon Caws
Prairies Jubilee! A Shower of Donations
Calling All Volunteers! YES! I want to make the
ACRE MAKER Madison Audubon Society’s
vision a reality. Here is my
We are looking for volunteers to be Sarah R. Packard
contribution to the Wildlife
on a planning committee for Prairies
Sanctuaries Campaign.
Jubilee! which will be held at Goose MY OWN VISION
Pond on September 21, 2002. We'd Norma Kolthoff
[ ] Acre Maker. $1,000 or more to buy
like to start planning in April. Call Laura Brown & Mark Shahan
and restore another acre of land.
Deb Weitzel at 836-4051 to join the
fun. GIFTS IN HONOR OF A PERSON [ ] Half-Acre Maker. $500-$999 to buy
In Honor of Uncles Carl Krejcha & and restore another half-acre of land.
How, Where and When to Bird Ray Zabrowski [ ] Adopt An Acre. I pledge $100 a year
in the Madison Area Jane Raymond & Bob Mougin for three years ($300 total). Here is
Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. In Honor of Roger Packard & David my first installment.
Musolf
[ ] Nest Egg. I pledge $50 a year for
If you'd like to start bird watching Sarah Packard
three years ($150 total). Here is my
and don't know how or where to
first installment.
begin, are a birder with a growing life GIFTS IN MEMORY OF A PERSON
list, or just like the outdoors, this is the In Memory of Victor Martin [ ] My Own Vision. $ to help as
program for you. Jon Sutton, Madison Ken Wood much as possible.
Audubon Society field trip leader, will Direct my gift to:
show slides of Wisconsin birds "as the Public Birdwatching Scope
[ ] Endowment fund to restore and main-
birder sees them" and share his exper- Challenge Grant - Matching tain the sanctuaries.
tise. This program is suitable for ages Donations Needed!
grade school through adult. Come to [ ] Land acquisition at Faville Grove.
the Lakeview Branch Library at 2845 Please help donate to the Lake [ ] Land acquisition at Goose Pond
N. Sherman Avenue in Madison. No Farm Park Scope Challenge Grant. Name
registration is necessary. For more We have a long time Madison
information, call Lakeview Branch Audubon member who will match Address
Library, 246-4547. other donations to purchase and
install a spotting scope. The scope will
Friends of the Arboretum Plant Sale be mounted permanently outside the
In Memory of
Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. new Lussier Nature Center overlook- In Honor of
ing the Nine Springs E-Way, a
This plant sale is open to the public favorite Madison birding spot.
For Gifts Honoring Another, send
and is sponsored by Friends of the The total cost for the high quality
acknowledgement to (name and address)
Arboretum. Over 100 varieties of 20X scope, mounting, and installation
woodland and prairie plants are avail- for public access is $3500, so your
able. These plants are propagated, not help is needed to raise the matching
dug from the wild. You will receive $1700. Please make donations out to
Contributions will be acknowledged near
information on plant care with each Madison Audubon, and mail to:
the Madison Audubon Information Board
species. Proceeds of the sale will bene- Scope Challenge Grant c/o Madison
at Goose Pond as follows: $1,000 or
fit Arboretum projects. There is a 10% Audubon, 222 South Hamilton,
more-name will appear on a permanent
discount for Friends members. Madison, WI 53703.
plaque; $250-$999-name will appear on
The sale will be in the Wildflower engraved paving brick.
Tent near the Visitor Center at the UW [ ] Do not acknowledge in Madison
Madison Arboretum on 1207 Audubon Society Newsletter, CAWS.
Seminole Highway.
Make checks payable to:
Madison Audubon Society
Mail to:
MAS has an Madison Audubon Society
account at the 222 S. Hamilton Street, Suite #1
Madison Madison, WI 53703
Recycling Center
on Fish Hatchery Gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed
Rd. Remember by law. Madison Audubon Society’s
MAS next time financial statement is available upon
you recycle. request.

April 2002 7
Fairest of the Fairs: MAS Calendar
Audubon Art Fair at a Glance
Saturday, May 4, 2002 -- 9:30-4:30
Olbrich Botanic Garden Sat., April 6: Once Around the Sink
3330 Atwood Ave. and Down the Drain
Sats., April 6 & 20: Beginning
This is our 26th annual Art Fair. After Birding
all these years, we have finally Suns., April 7 & 14: Scope Days at
reached the defining moment... Goose Pond
Thurs., April 11: Frogs Night Out
Audubon art fair (aw´da-bon art far) Fri., April 12: Evening at Unknown
n. The fairest of the fairs, the Location
Audubon Art Fair, Saturday, May 4, Olbrich Gardens (ol´brik gar´denz) n. Fri., April 19: Evening at Cherokee
9:30-4:30, presents 120 artists chosen A springtime fairyland of blossoms Marsh
by jury. The artists offer paintings, provides the setting for our fairest Art Sun., April 21: Scope day at Lake
photography, pottery, jewelry, garden Fair. Stroll among the tulips and sun- Farm Park -- NEW SCOPE DAY
art, and much more. Work that will shine. Sun., April 21: Wildflowers at
delight the senses, please your wife, Walking Iron
brighten your home. raffle (ra´fl) n. Wonderful art, delec- Thurs., April 25: Birding at Nine
table food, and a gorgeous setting--do Springs
fare (far) n. Free admission. Free park- you really need another reason to Sat., April 27: Abraham's Woods
ing. Can't beat that with a stick. attend? Well, you don't, but here's Wildflowers & Birds
one anyway. We have collected a pile Sun., April 28: Birding Wyalusing
gourmet sandwiches (goor-ma´ of fabulous prizes that you could win Tues. April 30, Thurs. 2: Warbler
sand´wichz) n. Chow down on for the price of a latte. Walks at Picnic Point
Snazzy Tuna Salad, Vivacious Veggie, Wed., May 1: Mayday! Owen Park
Barbeque Beef, or Hot Diggity Dogs. raison d'etre (ra´zon det´ra) n. We Evening Nature Walk
Coffee and Scrumptious Brownies, work to preserve and expand our Sat., May 4: Birding Picnic Point
too. wildlife sanctuaries and to protect our Sun., May 5: Bird Banding at Sand
environment. The Art Fair is our Bluff Bird Observatory
Mother's Day (muth´rz da) n. It's just biggest fundraising event. Please, stop Tues. May 7, Thurs. May 9, Tues.
around the corner... by and help make it a success. May 14: Warbler Walks at the
Arboretum
Sat., May 11: Big Birding Day

Madison Audubon Society, Inc.


Joanne Herfel, President Non-profit organization
U.S. Postage Paid
222 S. Hamilton St. Suite #1
Permit No. 1831
Madison, WI 53703 Madison, Wisconsin

1321 E. Mifflin St.


Madison, WI 53703
(608) 256-1066

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