The Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Board met virtually on Saturday, February 20 and made plans for the year ahead. We are planning to construct a small shelter with benches and display boards in the North Unit, near where the current display kiosk is located. In the South Unit, we plan to place an interpretive sign on the new Namekagon Trail scenic overlook and update the kiosk on Spring Brook Trail. We may put a picnic table near the new shelter and another at the parking area on Spring Brook Trail. We are researching options and costs to upgrade our restroom facilities at the cabin and picnic shelter site. Our website redesign is also underway.
We are not planning an annual meeting or picnic because of the potential for Covid exposure. We did set dates for our field trips as in the past, all subject to change or cancellation if needed. Watch this blog for further details. All events begin at 9 a.m. at the driveway to the cabin at 33174 Gomulak Fire Lane. Here’s the schedule:
- Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) Birding Tour – Saturday, May 22
- Lupines on the South Unit – Saturday June 5
- NRF Bog Walk – Saturday, June 12
- Wildflowers – Saturday, July 10
- Blueberry walk – Wednesday, July 14
- Plant survey – Saturday, July 31
- Sharp-tails and Bird Dogs – Wednesday, August 11
To participate in the Natural Resources Foundation tours, sign up through their website at https://www.wisconservation.org/field-trips/. No pre-registration is needed for the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area trips.
Many thanks to all of our members for renewing your memberships and your donations in support of our group and the Barrens!
Below zero in the Barrens! Photo submitted by Nancy Christel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist and Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area Property Manager. Taken February 20, 2021