Sat, Aug 27|
FIELD TRIP: SPRING GREEN PRAIRIE FIELD TRIP
Join us for a beautiful summer walk on a prairie at the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Time & Location
Aug 27, 2022, 8:00 AM
Spring Green, Nature Conservancy
About the Event
At the end of the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago the climate warmed fast and the melting
glaciers released enormous amounts of water, forming vas shallow lakes geologists
named "Glacial Lake Oshkosh, Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Glacial Lake Baraboo", etc.
When the meltwaters broke through the Baraboo Range forming the Wisconsin Dells, the
water flowed west to the Mississippi gouging a huge canyon out of the the sandstone
sedimentary layers, creating a wide sandy canyon with steep sandstone and limestone
walls. This canyon eventually became a dry prairie that included many species more
typical of the Great Plains. We will tour a small remnant of this ecosystem now owned by
the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
We can meet in Plover at the public parking area along business 51 between the railroad
tracks and highways 54 and B at 8 AM. to carpool, or meet at about 10:30 at the Nature
Conservancy parking lot on the north side of Jones Road, a half mile north of highways
14 and 60 (north edge of Spring Green) and a mile east of highway 23. We will hike the
prairie and bluff for about an hour, and then decide what to do about lunch and our return
trip. We should be back by 4 PM. Questions? Contact Bob Freckmann 715-344-0686, or email: email@example.com.