The hill of this field shows off great views. Imagine the beauty of it after it is planted with native wildflowers and grasses at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. Photo: Kim Johnsen

Volunteer Stewardship Days at Burr Oak VP are Sat/Jan 6 and Mon/Jan 8

Messages from Zach and Ed:

Sat., Jan. 6 we’ll be out and seeding at our restoration areas in the north portion of Burr

Oak Valley. Please see the details below- we do hae a brush pile that we can light off to stay warm. We’re excited about completing another phase of our restoration- really a culmination of a lot of people’s efforts so far. Thanks so much to those of you have been helping out and I hope to see some of you on Saturday or Monday! — Zach Grycan, Cell:(920)912-4338

 

Greetings everyone! The time has come to plant our prairie! This coming Saturday, January 6th, looks to be a perfect opportunity for it: we have snow on the ground, and fresh snow predicted to fall on Sunday. I am currently unsure whether we will be able to secure a fertilizer spreader, so there may end up being a lot of seeding to be done be hand. If that’s the case, we may have to break this up over several days. Either way, we could use as many hands as possible! We’ll get rolling at 9 AM at the Elevator Road entrance. High temp predicted to be 12 F, so b

This field will be planted with native wildflower seeds and grasses this winter at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. You can see some incredible views from here. Photo: Kim Johnsen

undle up. I’ll be bringing some hot drinks to keep us warm. Our second work day will fall on Monday, January 8th. Depending on how much we accomplish on Saturday we will either be seeding again or clearing brush. The

weather looks a little more comfortable, but still chilly. As usual, we’ll meet at 9 AM off Elevator Road (park in lot at 7404 Elevator Rd., Cross and Crown Church). Hope to see you out there! –Ed 815-601-4665.

Seeds were collected and individual species stored separately in bags and containers. Photo: Kim Johnsen

Volunteer Dawn Skupien pulls seeds out of the bag to weigh them. Then they will be thrown into the pile to mix with other seeds. Ed Cope determined which species and how much of each one went into the big pile of seeds. This was based on the management plan for the preserve. Photo: Kim Johnsen

Mixing up the variety of seed species that will be planted in the field at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. Photo: Kim Johnsen

Ed Cope inspects the seeds after they were mixed up. The seeds will be planted at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. Each barrel contains seeds of native wildflowers and grasses for specific soil habitats such as mesic, dry mesic, wet, etc. Photo: Kim Johnsen.