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

3/5/2015
Mar
5

Watershed-Wide Yahara Pride Farms Conference

Join Yahara Pride Farms at this year's conference: "Nutrient Management & Precision Ag." The purpose of the annual conference is to provide watershed stakeholders with the opportunity to learn about new conservation practices and technologies, hear the latest news from industry experts, as well as receive an update on Yahara Pride Farms' current progress and programs. Free lunch will be provided while discussing effective nutrient management, precision ag technologies …

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3/7/2015
Mar
7

Capital Springs Recreational Area Restoration Workday

Join the Office of Lakes and Watersheds, Dane County Parks, and the Friends of Capital Springs Recreational Area  as we continue restoration efforts at Lake Farm County Park. The volunteer work crew on Saturday, March 7th will be working along the trails near the Hog Island on the shores of Lake Waubesa. Wear protective clothing and dress for the weather -  sturdy closed toe shoes, cotton or woolen clothing, long pants a long-sleeved shirt. Bringing water to drink is also re …

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3/7/2015
Mar
7

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street, Madison

Contact: Marian Farrior, mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see http://uwarboretum.org/volunteer/positions/#ecological_restoration for more information


3/7/2015
Mar
7

Boy Scout Troop 333 Aldo Leopold Celebration

The first weekend of March has is the annual celebration of Aldo Leopold Weekend. On Saturday, March 7th from 9am-1pm Boy Scout Troop 333 will celebrate by reading aloud passages from A Sand County Almanac. Many essay selections will be accompanied by a slide show featuring photos of the Leopold family. The event is free and open to the public. The documentary film, Green Fire, will be screened at 11am immediately following the reading session. The fil shares highlights from Leopold’s ca …

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3/8/2015
Mar
8

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Workday

Join other volunteers to help care for the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the shore of Lake Mendota. Activities include removing invasive plants, planting native species, maintaining trails, collecting trash, and cleaning fire circles. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Groups and minors are okay with advance notice. Canceled in case of severe rain or wind advisory. Workday runs from 1-3pm.

Time and Place: Meet at Frautchi Point parking lot off of Lake Mendota Drive. On the free 80 bus route.

Contact: For more info: Contact Bryn Scriver, 608-220-5560 or bscriver@fpm.wisc.eduOr visit our website: www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu



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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