Rock River Updates is a listing of events and other items of interest for people in and around the Rock River Basins of Wisconsin. We email the update at the beginning of each month. Inclusion is not an endorsement of a program, publication or website.
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Dec 12 Green Thursdays: Nine Springs Watershed Master Plan Public Involvement: 6:00pm-9:00pm, Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, WI. Meeting Room A & B, (608-729-1760). Join this special public input meeting and hear overviews of the plan from city staff and consultants and learn about volunteer stream monitoring from RRC stream monitoring coordinator Nancy Sheehan. Free refreshments provided. For more information click here.
Rock River Coalition Board Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 4:45 pm in Rm 12, at UWEX Extension Office, Jefferson, WI. Please confirm time and location prior to attending.
2014 Rock River Coalition 20th Anniversary: We are looking for groups or individuals to plan our 20th anniversary celebrations. What would you like to see? Events, trips, educational activities? Help us plan the best tribute ever to the Coalition and to the Rock Basin. Contact Suzanne at Suzanne@rockrivercoalition.org for details and to be put on the contact list.
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Nov 1-Dec 8 River Alliance of Wisconsin Online Auction: 8:00 am-9:00 pm. Bid on exciting items and unique experiences you won't find anywhere else! Click here to get a sneak peek at some of this year's deals. Want to donate to the auction? 608-257-2424, ext 116 or donate online , http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/home/events ! email@example.com
Dec 3 Soil, Water & Nutrient Management Meeting: 10:00 am-3:00 pm, includes lunch. 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-water-nutrient-management-meeting-tickets-8874133773?ref=ebtnebregn
Dec 3Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It: 5:00–7:00 pm. Reception with Amy Cortese, national author and local investing advocate, Goodman Community Center, Madison. $35 for SBN & Live Forward Members. Sign up: 608-257-3863. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.forwardci.org/
Dec 4 Bioneers '13 Special Screening: 6:00-8:00 pm, Madison Central Library. Special film screening from 2013 National Bioneers Conference, 100% Clean Energy for and By the Peopl. Keynote speaker, Billy Parish. Free/open to public. RSVP. http://www.badgerbioneers2013encore.eventbrite.com www.sustaindane.org
Dec 5 Watching Your Holiday “Waste” Line: 7:00 pm, Willy West Co-Op Community Room, Middleton, WI. Featuring Jessi Claringbole from EnAct to discuss easy ways to trim holiday waste. Bring a gift you need to wrap and use the creative, repurposed materials provided to make your gift giving a little greener. Free refreshments. email@example.com
Dec 5 The State of Lake Policy In Wisconsin: 7:00pm. Delavan Club Clubhouse, Delavan, WI. A free conversation on current and future lake policy before the Wisconsin Legislature, with lobbyist John Keckhaver and executive director Michael Engleson. Event is free. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Click here to register
Dec 5 Providing Tomorrow's Wastewater Infrastructure needs with Today's Funding. Operator Training & Empowerment: Includes panel discussion and networking lunch. Water Management Technology Institute (WMTI) at Global Water Center, 247 Fresh Water Way, Milwaukee, Schedules/Register: http://www.mahattil.com/learn.html
Dec 7 Get Relief from Winter Boredom: Welty Environmental Center, 8606 County Rd H, Beloit, WI. Learn different ways to enjoy the outdoors…cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking. 608-361-1377, www.weltycenter.org
Dec 7 Intro to Hand Sewn Leather Work: 1:00–5:00 pm. Make your own authentic Native American medicine pouch. Class cost provides leather sewing needles, roll of artificial sinew and leather. Other items such as tin cones and bead work supplies available for purchase in class at additional cost. 4 -5 hr class. $60. www.uwsp.edu/treehaven
Dec 7 An Afternoon with Aztalan Archaeologists: 1:00-3:00 pm, Fargo Mansion Inn, Lake Mills. Friends of Aztalan State Park host a fundraising event for construction of a visitor and interpretive center at Aztalan State Park. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, other beverages served. Space limited. Robert Birmingham, 608-516-3421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 7 Get to Know What's in Your Backyard: 9:00 am. Hike in the GHA with Friends of GHA and Jefferson-Dodge Bird Walks, Mud Lake Wildlife Area. Meet at Hubbleton Rd parking area (short distance north off Hwy 19). Bring binoculars, scopes, walking poles, if needed. email@example.com; glacialheritagearea.org
Dec 8 Holiday Bazaar: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Shop local and support a good cause. Proceeds will support hands-on educational programs at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, WI. Free admission/parking. www.naturenet.com/alnc or 608-221-0404, ext. 7
Water Technology Training: University of WI, Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education. Brush up on, enhance and extend your water know-how as you earn PDHs and credibility. Contact Marcia Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-227-3378 or Murali Vedula at email@example.com 414-227-3121. http://www4.uwm.edu/sce/certificate.cfm?id=1341
Dec 9-11, Sustainable Water-Centric Communities
Jan 16-17, Design & Maintenance of Stormwater Infiltration Practices
Jan 20-Feb 28, Sustainable Water Management – An Introduction (ONLINE)
Feb 27, Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
Dec 10 Problem Analysis and Problem Solving: 8:30 am–3:15 pm, Pyle Center, Madison. Certified Public Manager® Program. $135. Questions: Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354. Register online at: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/0140-14-PDAS.html
Dec 15 Arboretum Walk - Winter Birds: 1:00-2:30 pm, UW Arboretum Visitor Center. Free naturalist-guided hike. Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays and other birds spend the entire year here. 608-263-7888. Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=43.039196,-89.443581
Dec 17 Civility and Civil Dialogue in Local Government: WisLine Live Teleconference by Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension Local Government Center. Register online at:
http://lgc.uwex.edu/ or call 608-262-0810. http://lgc.uwex.edu/WisLines/AllAboutWisLines.html
Dec 21 Christmas Bird Count: Dawn to dusk, Riveredge Nature Center 4458 County Hwy Y, Newburg, WI. Join a field count team or be a feeder counter for Riveredge’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Register: fwww.riveredge.us or contact Mary Holleback, 262-416-1224 or holleback@river
Dec 23 Winter Olympics: 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monona. The Olympics are in Sochi this winter, but we’ll hold our own version of them out in nature in Monona! : $50/child; ALNC members save 10%. http://aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org/event/winter-olympics-monona-2/
Jan 14 4th Annual Horicon Candlelight Hike/Snowshoe: Education Center will be open; also will be a bonfire and complimentary warm beverages. Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Free/open to public. 920-387-7860 www.horiconmarsh.org
Jan 15-18 Creating Sustainable, Community-driven Economies: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station on Sunset Lake, Stevens Point/Amherst Junction, WI. Registration for 4-day workshop is $125/person, includes breakfast and lunch each day, dinner on Thursday, and workshop materials.
Feb 8Treehaven Tromp Snowshoe Race: W2540 Pickerel Creek Rd, Tomahawk, WI. Registration for 2014's race opening soon. Call main office: 715-453-4106 to add your name to our mailing list to receive registration updates.
Feb 11 Advances in the Fate, Transport, and Remediation of Groundwater Contaminants in Fractured Rock: 1:00 pm. Webinar by Allen M. Shapiro, Ph.D., $299 per computer site (unlimited participants per site). http://www.midwestgeo.com/webinars/fracturedrock-02112014.php
Feb 11 & Feb 19 Registration Deadlines: Master Gardener Volunteer General Training: UW-Extension Master Gardener Program provides horticultural training to adults, who volunteer to help with horticulture-related projects that benefit their local community. Lisa Johnson, Dane County Horticulture Educator, 608-224-3715, firstname.lastname@example.org http://dane.uwex.edu/files/2013/01/2014-General-Brochure.pdf
Feb 14-16 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic: Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI. With over 900 exhibitors, this is the largest upland game bird event in the country. https://pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/550
Feb 14-15 Annual Volunteer Stream Monitoring Symposium: Feb 14, 2:00 pm; Feb 15, 3:00 pm. Held in conjunction with the Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium in Stevens Point. Contact Kris Stepenuck, 608-265-3887.
Feb 18-20 19th Annual Wisconsin Wetland’s Association Conference: La Crosse, WI. http://www.wisconsinwetlands.org/2014conference.htm
Mar 10 Introduction to Wind Systems Online (W 101.01): Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. https://www.midwestrenew.org/civicrm/event/info?id=574&reset=1
March 12 Wild and Scenic Film Festival: 7:00–10:00 pm, Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI. More details to come. http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/events/display/item/wild-and-scenic-2014 River Alliance of Wisconsin.
Mar 26-28 Conserving the Future Together, Sustainability Summit: Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee. http://www.sustainabilitysummit.us/
Apr 28-May 2 Working Together for Clean Water: National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s 9th National Monitoring Conference, Cincinnati, OH. http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2014/index.html
May 30-June 2 River Rally 2014: Pittsburgh, PA. Joint production of River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance. Registration will open in January. Katherine Luscher | River Network, or River Rally Hotline, 503-542-8394. http://www.rivernetwork.org/programs/river-rally
Check these websites for topics and schedules.
Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, www.aldoleopold.org
Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Madison, www.CherokeeMarsh.org
Horicon Marsh International Education Center, www.horiconmarsh.org
Madison Audubon Society, Inc, www.madisonaudubon.org
Midwest Renewable Energy Association, www.the-mrea.org
Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, www.escarpmentnetwork.org
Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, www.riveredge.us
Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, www.urbanecologycenter.org
UW Madison Arboretum, www.uwarboretum.org
Woodland Owner Education Gateway, http://woodlandinfo.org/
Woodland School, http://www.aldoleopold.org/woodlandschool/
Wisconsin Ground Water Association www.wgwa.org
Wisconsin Wetlands Association, www.wisconsinwetlands.org/
Dane County Partnering to Help Clean Up Area Lakes and Waterways: $750,000 in grant money is available for farm families who are looking to implement phosphorus runoff reduction practices, including wetland restoration, manure storage facilities, roofs over animal feeding areas and stormwater control basins. Applications are being accepted now and will be awarded until grant funds are exhausted. Contact Dane County Land Conservation 608-224-3730. email@example.com http://www.countyofdane.com/press/details.aspx?id=3214
Natural Disasters: Learn ways to reduce risks to health and the environment due to natural disasters - at home, community, school, or business. http://www.epa.gov/naturalevents/general.html
Information for homeowners with private wells: Unlike public water systems, protection and maintenance of a private well is largely the responsibility of homeowners. Here you will find information you need to have your private water supply built correctly and protected adequately. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wells/homeowners.html
Report invasive species. Work is being done to keep invasive species out of Wisconsin. Early reports of new populations allow for rapid response and control of invasives before they spread into new areas. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/report.html
Dept. of Natural Resources Basin Supervisor – Career Executive: Re-Announcement. Job Announcement Code(s): 12-04779. Full Time: 40 hrs/week. Contact: Dionne Boedeker, HR Specialist 608-266-6831 or dionneL.Boedeker@wisconsin.gov. Deadline to apply: 12/9/2013. Preview Exam
Dept. of Natural Resources NR Program Manager (Natural Heritage Conservation Section Chief) – Career Executive – Re-Announcement: Job Announcement Code: 13-02777. County(ies): Dane. Full-time (40 hrs/wk) Contact: Jill Voeltz, HR Specialist, 608.266.7318 or Jill.Voeltz@Wisconsin.gov. Deadline to apply: 12/13/13. Exam Info.: 56830 - 077 NR Program Manager. Preview Exam
Bird Feeding-Tips-for-Beginners-and-Veterans: G3176, $5.00 CNRED. This colorful publication contains tips that will help you maximize your feathered guests' benefit and safety, deal with pests, and select equipment and food. http://learningstore.uwex.edu
Ridge and Valley Rides: Madison: Bicycling guide for Madison and Dane County, WI, featuring 52 great bicycle loops, plus state trails and escape routes. Coil/Spriral Bound Edition, 8.5” x 11,128 pages $21.95 http://www.lulu.com/shop/francis-stanton/ridge-and-valley-rides-madison-2013-coil/paperback/product-20742796.html
Newly Revised: Pest Management in Wisconsin Field Crops—2014: A3646 $10. http://learningstore.uwex.edu
Pruning trees in November through winter can help reduce the spread of oak wilt: Late autumn, starting November 1, through winter is a good time for tree pruning, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/foresthealth/oakwilt.html
Organizations receive funding to help state officials monitor state’s natural resources: Twenty one Wisconsin organizations and projects will receive funding from the Department of Natural Resources to support volunteer-based programs that help carry out natural resources monitoring projects including monitoring shorelines and aquatic invasive species, observing and tracking wintering birds and conserving the bumble bee population in Wisconsin. Info: Owen Boyle, Coordinator, Citizen Based Monitoring Program, 608-261-6449.
Dec 6-7 Meeting Literacy Standards though Environmental Topics: 9:00 am -3:00 pm each day, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo. Professional development supporting environmental education and disciplinary literacy CCSS. Free admission & parking. 608-266-0419 Register at: http://bit.ly/fall13ww
Dec 14 Parent’s Day Out: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Welty Environmental Center, Beckman Mill County Park, Beloit, WI. Elementary school aged children are welcome at this day of nature play. Play outside, make some natural holiday crafts, & more. Bring a lunch; hot chocolate and afternoon snack provided.608-361-1377 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 24-27 WAEE Winter Workshop: UWSP Treehaven, Tomahawk, WI. Workshop focuses on winter environmental education and offers opportunities to cross country ski, snowshoe, sled, enjoy music by the beautiful stone fireplace. 715-346-2796. http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/waee/Pages/Events/Winter-Workshop.aspx
Mar 24-Apr 28 ONLINE Course: Human Influence on Wisconsin’s Forests: Examines Wisconsin’s forest resources and the role our forests play in our past, current, and future ecological, economic, and social well-being. Click on “Professional Development” www.leafprogram.org Registration deadline: Jan. 24, 2014. email@example.com
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award: Schools that have achieved Sugar Maple level in their Green & Healthy Schools WI application are eligible for nomination for the U.S. Dept. of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Recognition. Deadline to apply for Green Ribbon is December 20, 2013.
Turkey Calling [Video: Length 3:45] Take to the woods with Kris and his dad as they try to call in some turkeys.
Being a Hero is Fun! Are you ready? Here are two games that will test your know-how in a wide range of emergencies and teach you how to build the perfect emergency kit. http://www.ready.gov/kids/games
Got Water? Groundwater Video, 4:41 min. http://dnr.wi.gov/eek/earth/groundwater/index.htm
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