CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year


About Take a Stake

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For more than 25 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Join in the celebration by participating in the wide range of activities and events happening in and around Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands all year long.

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Events

April
19

Earth Day Challenge

Madison Parks is hosting the 18th annual Earth Day Challenge on April 19, 2014. Each year in honor of Earth Day hundredsd of local citizens gather to conserve and beautify Madison parks through environmental service and clean-up projects hosted city-wide at various Madison parks, including invasive specie removal, trash clean up, planting flowers, dog park clean up and more! Host a specific project or volunteer.

Time and Place: city parks throughout Madison

Contact: , parksvolunteer@cityofmadison.comhttp://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/earthdayChallenge.cfm


April
19

Sugar River Clearing Trail

Capitol Water Trails is teaming up with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association for a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you& …

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April
19

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact: www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,


April
19

Starkweather Creek Spring Clean Up

Assist in cleaning up the mighty Starkweather Creek--Madison's hardest working creek on Madison's east side! Bring gloves and hip waders if you have them. This annual event works from both the shore and from canoes. Hosted by Friends of Starkweather Creek.

Time and Place: 10am, meet at the boat launch near the Olbrich Garden's Thai Temple on Starkweather Creek

Contact: jakevv@gmail.com, Lance Green 608-957-3183 or Jake Vennie-Vollrath, 608-628-7386, www.starkweatherfreinds.org


April
19

Earth Day Shrub Planting

Help plant native shrubs in the recently acquired Fifth Addition at the south end of the park. Sponsored by Madison Parks and Friends of Cherokee Marsh. Free, but registration required.

Time and Place: 10 am- noon, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, main parking lot at the end of the gravel road, North Unit, 6098 N Sherman Avenue, Madison

Contact: www.cherokeemarsh.org; www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarthDayVolunteer2014


April
19

Spring Cleaning and Tree Walk

The City has challenged Madison residents to pick up their gloves and trash bags to do some spring cleaning in our 260 parks. The Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) will take up the City of Madison’s Earth Day Challenge with a clean up and guided “tree walk” in Vilas. While other groups work near the beach and playground, FoLW volunteers will tidy up the “hidden” area of Vilas Park above the zoo, which is known locally as “Dinosaur Park.” This tucked-away …

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April
19

Black Earth Creek Stream Clean Up

 Black Earth Creek Watershed Association and Trout Unlimited clean up the stream. Brief presentation at 9 AM by River Alliance of ways to prevent spread of New Zealand Mud Snail (NZMS) followed by clean up crews moving out.

Time and Place: 9 am, at Salmo Pond, Hwy 14 Cross Plains, WI

Contact: http://www.becwa.org/events/


April
22

Screen Stream Samples for New Zealand Mudsnails

The New Zealand Mudsnail, a tiny invader that could potentially have big impacts on our waters, was found in Black Earth Creek near Cross Plains. To determine if the snail has spread further around the state, Wisconsin  Dept. of Natural Resources biologists have been collecting steam samples and delivering them to the Fitchburg DNR Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road to be screened by staff and volunteers. That’s where you come in! Volunteers are needed to help screen the samples …

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April
22

Earth To Be Determined

8th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, "Earth to be Determined: Ecology, Economy and Justice in a Rapidly Changing World."  We've entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene -- "the age of humans" -- requiring new strategies for conservation and prosperity. Earth: To Be Determined will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, human hea …

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April
22

Earth Day Trivia Game with Fontana and River Alliance

River Alliance of Wisconsin is hosting environmental trivia at Fontana's downtown location in celebration of Earth Day! It will be a fun 30-minute event where you have the chance to win some sweet, fun outdoor prizes! Everyone in attendance will get a prize before the game even begins. There are 20 spots available. This is a free event but registration is required. 

Time and Place: 6:00 pm, Fontana Sports Downtown Location, 216 N. Henry St., Madison

Contact:  Elizabeth at 608.662.9706 to reserve your space. http://www.fontanasports.com/misc_content/events


April
24

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff pa …

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Aquatic Debris Collection

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters (formerly Take a Stake in the Lakes Days) shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on June 10 for Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa and on June 17 for Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Barges will make ONE pass around the lakes. Shoreline residents should have debris from their pier area on their pier by 6 am Monday so they don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to each pier. Pier pickup of aquatic debris is not an option for homeowners where barges cannot access piers. Only aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.) will be picked up by barges. Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.) will not be collected. Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601 with questions. If you don't currently reside at your lakefront property, please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris collection.

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