2013 Outreach Schedule
1. All sessions require advance registration.
2. Sessions are free of charge, unless indicated otherwise.
3. To register, contact Karla at (715) 358-5667 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing, please include the session name, name/s and number of people in your group, and phone number. You will receive a reply confirming your registration.
Sessions may be held in the Boathouse Classroom, in the Fralish Library & Lounge at the Mead Residence Hall, or in the Outdoor Pavilion.
Experience Wildlife Field Camp
Join UW-Madison students for a taste of Wildlife Ecology Field Camp! Affectionately known as “Summer
Camp,” students spend two weeks at Kemp Station for an intensive study of wildlife ecology. You are invited to participate in select learning experiences. Enrollment is limited. Participants should dress appropriate for activity and weather.
May 22 (Wednesday) 7:00pm
Northwoods Wildlife Management & Issues
Fireside visit with Scott Craven, Extension Wildlife Specialist (Emeritus), UW-Madison.
May 27 (Monday) 7:00pm
Forest Management & Wildlife
Learn about early successional forest management for ruffed grouse, woodcock, and other associated wildlife.
May 29 (Wednesday) 9:00am - Noon
Fish Ecology & Management
WDNR fish biologists discuss fish ecology and management in northern Wisconsin. Watch the crew pull in a fyke net set along the shores of Tomahawk Lakecontaining a variety of fish species.
May 30 (Thursday) 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Managing Wildlife Conflict
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services team demonstrate how the agency manages wildlife conflicts in Wisconsin
with a focus on beaver, bear, and wolves.
May 24 (Friday) 6:00 pm
Birds of the Night
Session Leader: Amber Roth, Michigan Tech University
Birdwatching at dusk can be as exciting as dawn. The main difference is in the cast of characters encountered. Following an indoor presentation the group will make a trip off Station to look and listen for thrushes, whip-poor-wills, woodcock, nighthawks, and owls under a full moon. With some luck, you’ll see a woodcock in the hand too!
Personal vehicles will be driven caravan style to the outdoor program site. Please anticipate approximately
30 minutes for travel. Detailed maps and driving directions to the site will be provided before Station departure. Be sure to dress for the weather, remembering that temperatures drop after sunset. Wear outdoor shoes/boots to protect against muddy conditions. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp, as
it will be dark when we finish. You may leave for home directly from the site after the program.
June 8 (Saturday) 9:00 am
Forest Discovery Walk
Session Leaders: Collin Buntrock and Scott Bowe, UW-Madison
Take a hike through the forest at Kemp Station to learn about the common trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants found in northern Wisconsin and how to easily identify them in the field (this requires some creativity!).
There will be stops along the way to discuss ecological succession, forest sustainability, plant-animal relationships, and the importance of forests and the products they provide to us as consumers. Please
dress appropriately for the weather, with appropriate footwear for an uneven trail.
June 8 (Saturday) 1:00 pm
Habitat for Bats
Session Leader: Linda Winn, Retired WI DNR
Let’s build a bat house! It’s a great way to help these threatened animals who help us by providing free,
organic pest control. First, learn about the bats of Wisconsin and why they are important to us. Learn
where to place the house to increase your chances of having bats roost in it and return year after year.
Then, assemble the bat house using precut materials. Tools and materials to build the bat house will be
provided but if you have a cordless drill driver you’d like to bring that would be appreciated. Registration
limit: 15. Fee: $10 per person
June 15 (Saturday) 9:00 am
Session Leaders: Scott Bowe and Glen Stanosz, UW-Madison
Back by popular demand! Join us for an introduction to Shiitake mushroom cultivation. Green thumb not
required! This hands-on demonstration will begin with a discussion of the life cycle of Shiitake mushrooms.
Did you know that Shiitake mushrooms grow on logs? We will demonstrate how hardwood logs are prepared, inoculated, and cared for to grow these delicious mushrooms. Come ready to work! Participants will be asked to form an assembly line to prepare and inoculate logs that can be taken home at the end of the session. You will have an opportunity to perform each step in the Shiitake process so you will have the skills to build your own mushroom garden. Mushroom samples will be served after the seminar to reward your efforts. Registration limit: 15
June 24 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Wood Products: From the Forest to your Home
Session Leader: Scott Bowe, UW-Madison
Learn about Wisconsin’s forest industry and the types of wood products that are harvested from our
forests. See how value is added to these raw materials to produce the finished products we use in our
everyday lives. Some of these value-added wood products are produced here in Wisconsin, while
others are manufactured overseas. Be ready to discuss the pros and cons of our global forest products
July 8 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Wisconsin’s gray wolves: a story of survival and recovery
Session Leader: Jennifer Stenglein, UW-Madison
Wisconsin’s gray wolves have rebounded from a handful of individuals in the 1980s to over 800 today. The obvious driver of this population growth is that more wolves have to enter Wisconsin through birth and immigration than leave Wisconsin through death and emigration. Though it begins with this simple story, there are fascinating twists and turns along the way. Wisconsin’s wolves had to overcome a lot to grow into the population they are today. Jennifer Stenglein will share with you some of her research on wolf population dynamics. In particular, she will give some ideas for why wolves took so many years to exceed endangered status, and how wolf survival and causes of wolf mortality have varied over time and across Wisconsin.
July 23 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
From Lake & Field to the Dinner Table
Session Leader: Scott Craven, UW-Madison
Join retired UW-Extension Wildlife Specialist, Scott Craven, for an interactive exploration of the various
game and fish available in Wisconsin, as well as how and where to get it. Learn the proper way to care
for your harvest in the field, in storage and prior to cooking or preparation. Scott will share some of his
favorite cookbooks and recipes, share some tasty samples, and tips on cooking, pickling, smoking and
July 30 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
What Vilas County’s Carnivores Think of Lakeshore Development
Session Leader: Dan Haskell, Michigan Tech University
Northern Wisconsin is home to a variety of carnivores, including bobcats, fishers, fox and wolves. A
recent study examined the impact that development, specifically along lake shores, has on these
animals. Join us for a discussion of this study and please bring your own observations and questions to
August 10 (Saturday) 9:00 am
Youth Forestry (Ages 5 to 11)
Session Leader: Scott Bowe, UW-Madison
Have you ever wondered what foresters do or how forests grow and change? Please bring your children
or grandchildren to Kemp Station for a hands-on adventure to learn about the forests around us. We will learn how to age and measure trees. Use leaf rubbings to produce spectacular works of art and make leaf necklaces to help us remember what we learned about forests.
Turning Wood into Art
Session Leader: Scott Bowe, UW-Madison
Do you like wood? Do you like pens? If you answered yes to these questions, it stands to reason that you might like wood pens! Join Scott Bowe, Professor of Wood Products, for a hands-on demonstration of wood pen turning. Each session will last about one hour and each participant will make their own wood pen. Participants will learn the basics of wood turning, discuss common wood properties, turn and assemble a wood pen, and leave with their very own work of art. Sessions will be offered this summer (June-August) in one or two person groups. Participants should be 12 years of age or older. Contact Scott at email@example.com to schedule a time. Fee: $15 per person.