Earth Day 2009

Saturday April 18th, 2009
10 AM - 6 PM
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin

Free and Open to the Public.

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Earth Day Schedule

SATURDAY, April 18
10 am Open for Arrivals
10:30 am Welcome
Executive Director Selena Fox gives an introduction to Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve and also speaks about the importance of Earth Day celebrations in increasing environmental awareness and actions.
11 am Natural History of Turkey Vultures
Wildlife biologists Mike Mossman and Lisa Hartman present the Natural History of Turkey Vultures, based on their experiences studying and marking them in the Baraboo Hills and throughout Wisconsin. In addition to this presentation of the biology, legends and lore of the Turkey Vulture, visitors will have the opportunity to meet our tame, non-releaseable Turkey Vulture, Uncle Butzie.
Noon Refreshments on the potluck snack table
12:30 - 1:15 pm Environmental Expressions
1:30 pm EAB: Coming Soon to a Tree Near You?
Presentation by Anna Willow about the history of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in North America, EAB biology and life-cycle, and how to identify and prepare for this destructive tree pest. Anna Willow is a cultural anthropologist and environmental educator. She has done research on Ojibwe anti-clearcutting activism in Northwestern Ontario in Canada and has worked with tribes in Northern Wisconsin to document the traditional cultural importance of natural sites. She is currently a lecturer at UW-Madison and an invasive species planner for the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department.
2:30 pm Earth Day Ceremony
Celebrate our connections with the Circle of Nature with words, meditation and music. Includes songs by Celtic bard Michael Doran and bagpiping by Laura Moy.
3:30 pm Prairie Burn
Join Reed Cockrell in a restorative burn of Circle Sanctuary's restored prairie.
5 pm Potluck Feast
6 pm Cleanup and farewells