The Native Plant/Native Corridor Initiative was formed to address native plants and pollinators. They held a butterfly garden workshop at the first EcoFest and an Urban Green Space program at the Golden Rondelle. They are currently working to develop a map of Racine to pinpoint where butterfly gardens are located and where to fill in the gaps. A UW-Parkside intern is currently working on this project. Read the small group discussion results from the Pathways to Sustainability Meeting.
To promote native plants and butterfly gardens on school grounds.
Hoy Audubon: 2017 Trees We Love
Spectacular photos taken by: John Krerowicz
About Trees We Love: Hoy Audobon had opportunity to award 6 Trees We Love this year! They thank WE Foundation, Runzheimer Foundation, Pugh Foundation, WI Audubon, Racine and Kenosha Heritage Museums, Ketterhagen Memorial whom provided a free plaque (value $400+) and of course, the wonderful volunteers. This program requires cooperation, participation, and coordination from many. John Krerowicz, Fran Brinkman, Rick Fare, Helen Pugh, Matt Koepnick, Kevin Nolan and Sue Schuit have been working on the program throughout the year, towards this goal; the plaques, the narratives, photography, framing, archival research, and the awards.
Hoy Audubon: 2016 Trees We Love
We are pleased to share Hoy Audubon Society’s newly created Trees We Love program. The Trees We Love intention is to celebrate and recognize heritage trees in our community. This program hopes to enhance appreciation, respect and stewardship for trees; to inspire folks to look at trees with admiration, reverence and a sense of wonder of their magic, their majesty and the mystery of their ageless secrets silently soaring above our heads.
The Trees We Love, 2016 awardees are: (Click on the tree name to view all the magnificant photos!)
Bur Oak King, proud stewards: Knutson family. 49” Diameter at Breast Height, 70’ Height, age approx. 245 years.
Matriarch Sugar Maple, proud stewards: Bergs family. 33” DBH, 85’ Height, age approx. 165 years.
Mother of the Woods – The European Beech Queen, proud stewards: Lochnaiar Inn, Johnson family. 56” DBH, 60’ Height, approx. age 224 years.
Stately Sycamore, 12th St. and Horlick Drive, Racine, proud stewards: City of Racine. 39” DBH, 95’ Height, approx. age 110 years.
Honeybees and the Environment
On Thursday March 16th, Patti Nagai and Peter Poli gave a presentation on “Honeybees and the Environment” at the Golden Rondelle. Peter Poli is the President of the Racine-Kenosha Beekeepers Association. He keeps bees, responds to honeybee swarm calls, and is a self-labeled environmental advocate. Patti Nagai is a Professor at the UW Extension and is a Horticulturist and Gardener. Read more here: Honeybees and the Environment
Updates in Sturtevant!
Sturtevant Beautification Committee members, Rose Woodruff and Linda Busha, hosted a workshop in June on how to attract butterflies to your garden by using pollinating and host plants. They have definitely made strides and witnessed monarchs! We are so happy to see this great progress. Go check it out!
Linda Busha, Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, Marilyn Kiemen, Anna Larsen, Maggie Madden, Rick Melcher, Mary Minton, Connor Patterson, David Rhoads, Bill Thompkins, Melissa Warner, Rose Woodruff, Mera Yi