Two Ridges’ Thursday Evening Lake Lessons Remain, Aug 2 & 9

Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 by in Nature

The Ridges Sanctuary concludes its popular Thursday night Lake Lessons Speaker Series, with two final presentations in August at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

On Thursday, August 2, at 7 pm, wildlife biologist David Drake will present “A History of Wisconsin Wildlife.” Drake is currently Extension Wildlife Specialist and Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research studies have included human impact on wildlife, wildlife management on private lands, wildlife damage management, suburban/urban wildlife and wildlife policy. Drake’s program will focus on the shifts in Wisconsin wildlife from pre-settlement to the present.

Did you know The Ridges Sanctuary is also a special place nationally? What does it mean to be one of our Nation’s treasures and part of the National Natural Landmark (NNL) program? On Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm, , NNL Coordinator with the National Park Service, Midwest Region, will present “Landmarks in Nature,” an overview of this groundbreaking program’s history, evolution and future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Ridges Sanctuary was designated as an National Natural Landmark site in 1967. The area was originally recognized for the series of sand ridges and swales with associated boreal forest and bog vegetation, the unusually high species diversity, and the best mixed stand of large red and white pine, hemlock, and northern hardwoods on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Eckhoff received her BS and MS from the University of Minnesota and her PhD from the University of Maine. She has worked as an Ecologist with various private, state, and federal agencies and is currently engaged in NNL stewardship activities with 132 sites in eight Midwest States. The National Natural Landmarks (NNL) Program began over 40 years ago. Its objectives are to encourage preservation of sites illustrating the United State’s geological and ecological resources; to enhance those sites’ scientific and educational value; to strengthen public appreciation of natural history; and to foster concern to conserve our nation’s natural heritage.

Admission to Lakes Lessons presentations is free. Donations are welcome.

Parents can still register their children for The Ridges final day camp program of the season. Camp Taiga II is designed for children entering grades 3-6 and is in session on August 7, 8 and 9, from 9 am to Noon. The theme for this 3-day program is Lessons of the Lorax. The cost, which includes all three days, is $60 for Ridges Members and $75 for the general public. Advance registration is required. Call The Ridges at 920.839.2802.

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