Project RED: Help Protect Our Rivers from Invasive Species!

Help Protect Our Rivers from Invasive Species!

Training Sessions Offered throughout the summer from Kenosha to Sheboygan Counties!

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is partnering with local environmental organizations to host classroom training sessions and field monitoring practice workshops on local lakes, rivers, wetlands, and streams, to teach citizens how to monitor for invasive species. Paddlers, fisherman, water quality monitors, shoreline owners, and river enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

The River Alliance of Wisconsin’s Project RED (riverine early detectors) is a monitoring program that trains citizens to identify and report invasive species within river corridors and lakes statewide. During the free training, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and River Alliance will teach you to monitor your river for species of concern. They will help you choose locations and a monitoring schedule that are convenient to you and your volunteers. You will also be provided with online data management tools available from the Wisconsin DNR that help you report your findings. The protocols are easy and fun. In addition, you can use this activity to become more familiar with your river or stream and to engage your friends and neighbors!

Species of concern include purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, Japanese hops, phragmites, flowering rush, hydrilla, curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian water milfoil, yellow floating heart, Brazilian waterweed, didymo, zebra mussel, quagga mussel, New Zealand mudsnail, faucet snails, and Louisiana red swamp crayfish.

These Project Red workshops are sponsored by The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and partially funded through a grant from the US EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

What?: Aquatic Invasive Species, Project RED Workshop

Future Workshops:

  • UWN Field Station, Cedarburg Bog, Saukville—Friday, June 5th, 10 am-2pm
  • Maywood and Glacial Lakes Conservancy, Sheboygan—Saturday, June 6th, 9 am-2 pm
  • Root River Environmental Education Community Center, Racine—Friday, June 12th, 9 am-2 pm
  • Tall Pines Conservancy, CampQuad, Hartford—POSTPONED
  • Seno K/R LT Conservancy, Kenosha—Saturday, June 27th August 1st, 9 am-2 pm 
  • Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ozaukee County—Saturday, July 18th, 9 am-2 pm
  • Mequon Nature Preserve, Mequon—Thursday, July 23rd, 9 am-2 pm

To reserve your space, please contact Becky Wadleigh at, or call the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust at 262-338-1794

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International Migratory Bird Day 2015

Celebrate international Migratory Bird Day with us! We're hosting our 6th IMBD Celebration at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on May 16 starting at 6:30am. Tours, discussions, exhibits and birding are what the day is all about.

         The Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
          The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
          4970 Country Club Road
          Port Washington, WI 53074

6:30 am to 8:30 am
Bird Inventory and Scavenger Hunt - Lion’s Den Gorge
Join Carl Schwartz of Bird City Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology,  and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory for an early morning guided birding hike, followed by a “bird scavenger hunt.”

7 am to 10 am
Birding Hikes – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
William Mueller of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, and Dan Panetti, of Wild Birds Unlimited and the Milwaukee Audubon Society will lead guided bird hikes from the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve Club House. Hikes will begin every half hour.

8:30 am
Bench Dedication for Noel J. Cutright – Lion’s Den Gorge

A well-known and beloved Wisconsin ornithologist, Noel Cutright devoted his life to bird conservation and citizen science. Join the Milwaukee Audubon Society for a bench dedication in his honor.

8:30 am
Birds Counts – Coal Dock Park in Port Washington
Join Mark Feider, a biologist and birding- expert for a bird count at Coal Dock Park. The former We Energies coal dock now serves the public as green space and as a migratory stop-over site on the shores of Lake Michigan.

9 am
Nature Photography Workshop – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Kate Redmond is a local naturalist and environmental educator. The BugLady, of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, wrote the online field guide to the Mequon Nature Preserve, and currently writes essays about local insects and invertebrates. Join Kate for insight about photographing nature, then head outside to test your new skills!

10 am
Live Raptors Exhibit – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center admits birds of prey, reptiles, and predatory mammals. Jeannie Lord, Executive Director, will include live birds in her presentation and introduce the audience to these amazing animals and the threats that they face.

11 am
Discussion regarding Lake Michigan Clay Banks and the Cedar Heights Gorge Acquisition - Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
The Nature Conservancy, OWLT, and Ozaukee County are teaming together to purchase this unique and valuable land for preservation. Join Andrew Struck, of the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department and the Milwaukee Audubon Society for a discussion about this project!

1 pm
For the Birds – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Join the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory for a celebration at “For the Birds,” which will feature tours of the preserve, showcase locally built bird houses with cash prizes, have a silent auction of handcrafted items and vacation packages, a “State of the Birds” address by Carl Schwartz, and a tenderloin luncheon featuring locally-grown foods! (This is the only event with a cost- $10).

Please contact OWLT at (262) 338-1794 for reservations!

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Spring Kick-Off Meetings

Tree planting 10 11 14Spring is on its way and OWLT is gearing up for a busy season!

OWLT has several projects planned for 2015 and is looking for great volunteers to lend a helping hand. Volunteers help with trail maintenance, wildlife monitoring, small construction projects, tree planting, grass mowing or invasive plant removal.  If outdoor work is not your thing, but you would still like to help out, they have several office projects as well. This year OWLT hopes to find three new “Stewardship Captains” – volunteers who have adopted specific preserves or functions.

OWLT will provide the snacks and beverages – you provide the inspiration! The casual meetings are a great place to meet our staff and other volunteers while learning about the land trust. For more information call 262-338-1794

Attend one of two volunteer orientation meetings:

7:00pm on Thursday, March 19 at the BMO Harris Bank Community Room at the intersection of Bridge Street and Columbia Road

5200 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012

West Bend
noon on Sunday, March 22 at the historic train depot located on the Eisenbahn Trail

200 Wisconsin Street
West Bend, WI 53095


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Our 2014 Annual Report

We're proud to present our 2014 Annual Report...a summary of our accomplishments from last year. You can viw it three ways:

1. Click on the image to view in your web browser.

2. Stop into our office at 200 Wisconsin Street, West Bend, 53095 to pick up a copy.

3. Call our office at (262) 338-1794 and we'll mail you a copy.

2014 Annual Report Cover

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2014 by the Numbers

2014 was a busy year (as usual!)

Here's a simple breakdown with some important numbers:

1 new easement - the pristine 14-acre Pierson easement on the Milwaukee River in Saukville
2 new pedestrian bridges crossing wetlands at the Kratzsch Conservancy in Newburg and the Zinn Preserve in Erin.
3 new preserves - the 34-acre Lynn Preserve in Boltonville, the 71-acre Mayhew Preserve in Farmington and the 72-acre Schoenbeck Woods in West Bend.
20 years of the Sauk Creek Nature Preserve, it was our first preserve and opened to the public in 1994.
40 partners who are participating in our Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to remove aquatic invasive species from southeastern Wisconsin.
41 new acres of prairie growing at the Kratzsch Conservancy in Newburg and the Hames Preserve in Waubeka.
175 different volunteers.
220 new acres preserved by OWLT.
445 unique stands of aquatic invasive species removed or reduced through our EPA-funded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
500 new trees or shrubs planted as part of our new "Tree Keeper" program.
1,959 total acres protected from aquatic invasive species.
5,868 total acres of land protected by OWLT in Ozaukee, Washington, Sheboygan and Dodge Counties.
7,400 total volunteer hours.
16,000 woodland, wetland, and grassland plugs planted on 8 different preserves.

2014 By the Numbers

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