If the thrill of exploring Ozaukee County’s natural areas and learning of the part each plays in the ecosystem, consider signing up for the annual Treasures of Oz Eco-Tour on Saturday, June 20. Each year, new sites are selected for this popular event, and hosted by scientists and experts in natural fields. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore areas you may have wanted to visit but somehow never got round to, and also to learn all kinds of fascinating facts and background from knowledgeable environmental stewards who are on hand.
This year’s sites include:
- Mequon Nature Preserve showcases the largest land restoration project in southeastern Wisconsin, turning farmland into forest.
- The 1,656-acre Cedarburg Bog, a State Natural Area for over 60 years, offers a bird walk at 9am and guided nature walks at 11am and 1pm.
- Marvel at Wisconsin’s last remaining covered bridge built in 1876 just north of Cedarburg, and learn about ongoing water quality monitoring.
- Visit Waubedonia County Park, established in 1934, a popular overnight camping and kayak/canoe launch, and learn about recent Fish Passage projects.
- Learn about waterway restoration at Ulao Creek in Grafton, which is only open to the public on this one day, and hear first-hand from fish passage program experts and the engineers with whom they worked together to create this amazing environment for fish and wildlife.
- USF&WS Blue-wing Waterfowl Production Area, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Town of Grafton, is home to area wildlife and a very active breeding habitat for many waterfowl species.
- Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, north of Port Washington, a favorite stopover for migrating birds. Make this your last stop as there’ll be music, good food, exhibits and the artwork of Ellen Anderson to enjoy, not forgetting an exciting silent auction.
Visit their website for an event brochure and be sure to download a “passport” which will enhance the day’s experience even more. Drive or ride your bike from the Washington House Inn – June 20 will be a day to remember .