Run for the Hill of It 5K Trail Run/Walk

RACE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

October 15, 2016

4th Annual Run for the Hill of It 5k Trail Run
9:00 a.m.
Presented by Nicolet Bank!

3rd Annual Little Hill Racers Kids Run
8:45 a.m.
Presented by KI!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK THE LINK BELOW

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A special thank you to event sponsors: Nicolet Bank, KI, Bellin Health Titletown Wellness, Cliff Wall Subaru, Nature’s Way, ATC American Transmission Company, Robinson Metal, Inc., Prairie Nursery, WFRV, KRUZ 106.7, the City of Green Bay and more to come!

May 14th Bird Hike

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A big thank you to hike leaders, Bob Mead and Charlie Frisk, for helping hikers last Saturday, May 14, spot 44 species of birds in the Baird Creek Greenway.

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Hikers were treated to the following sightings: Canadian Goose, Mallards, Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture, Red-Tailed Hawks, Sandhill Cranes, Spotted Sandpipers, Ring-Billed Gulls, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Blue-Headed Vireos, Blue Jays, American Crows, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Black-Capped Chickadees, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Eastern Bluebirds, American Robins, European Starlings, Ovenbird, Nashville Warbler, American Redstarts, Northern Parulas, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-Breasted Warbler, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Black-Throated Warblers, Song Sparrow, Scarlet Tanagers, Northern Cardinals, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Baltimore Orioles, American Goldfinches, House Sparrows.

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If anyone took some great pictures of the birds during the morning hike, or of the wildflowers from the afternoon hike, please share them with us. We would love to feature Baird Creek enthusiasts and their pictures on the web and in our newsletters.

Stitching The World Together

The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation 18th Annual Banquet was an educational evening on Wednesday, March 31. After a Baird Creek Greenway inspired poem by Aldo Leopold student, Hannah Vincent, Dr. Doug Tallamy spoke to 155 Baird Creek supporters with a call to action. He explained that humans have destroyed nature around them in order to survive but now that the earth supports 7.4 billion people and is not growing; we need to be moved to sustain nature to survive.

IMG_0368 (3) smallAccording to Dr. Tallamy the problem is that humans have carved nature into tiny fragments which are too small and too isolated to sustain species. These fragments are hazardous to reptiles, birds, bugs, and animals when they try to move from one fragment to another. One solution is to turn yards, workplace green spaces, etc. into corridors between existing fragments to remove the isolation.

Dr. Tallamy warned that the corridors must not only facilitate movement they must support life. He stressed the need to build our corridors out of native plants because plants feed the species we want to save. We have integrated thousands of non-native plants into our landscapes, many which are aggressively displacing native plant communities. Non-native plants cannot support our insects because insects are specialized to certain plants.

Native versus Non-Native Support of Caterpillars

Native Oak versus Ginkgo

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Native Prunus versus Zelkova

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Native Viburnum versus Pieris Japonica

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Why is this important? Let’s take the chickadee for example. They are seed eaters in winter but when spring comes they need caterpillars to support their chicks.

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Non-native plant species cannot support the sheer number of caterpillars birds need to raise their young. If there is not the food supply for the birds, eventually they will die off. There is already 50% fewer song birds today compared to 40 years ago.

Dr. Tallamy shared that we are entering our 6th extinction but this one is caused by humans. So what can we do? Communities need to put more native plants back into nature to support our insects which then in turn support our birds and other species. The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation spends copious amounts of time removing invasive plants such as Buckthorn and planting native seed to encourage an unspoiled and beautiful Greenway. The more we plant locally to support our species here the more it will help tie other fragments together.

One way to figure out what to plant in order to help support local nature is by using the links below:

findnativeplants.com/midwest/wisconsin

bringingnaturehome.net/what-to-plant

We can continue preservation and restoration of Baird Creek Greenway by planting in a way that creates corridors to the Greenway; which will enhance its value as an ecological, recreational, and educational resource for generations to come. Please donate by sending a check to Baird Creek Preservation Foundation @ P.O. Box 824, Green Bay, WI 54305. Help stitch the world together!

Prescribed Burn In Baird Creek

In the next few weeks, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF), in conjunction with Fox Valley Technical College, the City of Green Bay and Brown County, will be conducting a prescribed burn of a small part of the Baird Creek Greenway.

A prescribed burn is a fire set intentionally to remove accumulated ground litter left from previous years of growth. The benefits of the fire are many: it provides the stimulation necessary for some seeds to germinate; it allows other seeds to reach the ground so they can also germinate; it discourages the growth of cool weather invasive plants; and it recycles nutrients to the soil. Natural fires have been a part of the growth cycle in our area since before recorded history. Prescribed burns have been used for many years by city, county, state, and national park services throughout the country as a way to benefit native plant communities. We are looking forward to bringing the benefits of this tool to Baird Creek.

The BCPF has worked extensively with the Green Bay Parks and Recreation Department and the Fire Department to ensure that public safety will be maintained at all times. Because they have the expertise, extensive experience, and specialized equipment necessary to ensure safety, instructors and students from the Wild Lands Fire Program at Fox Valley Tech will conduct the actual burn. Members of the BCPF will be stationed at key trail locations to keep any trail users informed of the burn in progress.

The burn area is at the base of the south side of Triangle Hill, just to the west of the area that was burned in 2013. The paved trail provides one of the fire breaks, and the rest of the fire breaks have been cleared by BCPF and the City of Green Bay – and approved by Fox Valley Tech and the Fire Department. The area is approximately 5 acres.

Because the burn requires very specific weather conditions to ensure safety, an exact date cannot be set in advance. We will be looking for favorable conditions starting early April. Our website will contain the most up-to-date information on burn specifics.

If you have concerns about smoke please call Jon Kellermann, Prescribed Fire Specialist, at 920-225-5901. Contact Maureen Meinhardt, Executive Director BCPF, with any questions 920-328-3505.

Baird Creek Earth Week Cleanup

recycle-29227 smallCelebrate Earth Day by joining us at the annual Baird Creek Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Triangle Hill Pavilion (500 Beverly Road). Registration begins at 8:30 and the cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can help improve the trail system by assisting with cleanup efforts as well as possibly planting native species throughout the Greenway.


Participants will divide into teams based on their interest and head out to explore, pick up litter and debris or plant native species throughout the Greenway. All are welcome to participate; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work gloves if desired. Light snacks and drinks will be provided by Starbucks. If your group of ten or more will be helping, please let us know by sending an email to execdirector@bairdcreek.org.

We would like to thank Starbucks for sponsoring this event!