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Fire and the Wild Things That Need It


Man stands in a hillside prairie on a hillside overlooking a valley with hills in the distance as the sun sets.
Military Ridge TNC works with partners in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area to protect native grasslands, which provide habitat for rare and declining grassland birds. © Mark Godfrey/TNC


9/21/21 update: This trip is full.

Experience autumn on the prairie in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area and learn about one of the most important processes in shaping and maintaining the health of prairies — fire.

Join prescribed fire and grassland plant and animal experts for a walk at TNC’s Thomson Memorial Prairie near the village of Blue Mounds southwest of Madison. We’ll look for fall-blooming wildflowers and prairie grasses, resident and remaining migratory grassland birds, and learn how TNC and partners in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area use prescribed fire to manage this grassland ecosystem.

We hope you’ll join us to see the work that you make happen with your support for TNC!

Trip Leaders:

  • Rich Henderson, ecologist, The Prairie Enthusiasts
  • Dave Sample, ecologist, State Natural Areas Program, Wisconsin DNR
  • John Schwingel, TNC Fire Manager
  • Hannah Spaul, TNC Director of Conservation Land Management

Registration: This trip is limited to 15 participants and registration is required.

What to Bring/Wear: Long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and binoculars if you have them.