Explore Green Bay’s Winter Wonderland
on a Hike with Dr. Draney
Take a break from the holiday bustle to discover the beauty of a snowy Baird Creek on the Winter Wonderland Hike in the Greenway on Saturday, December 19th at 1 pm at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street). Join Dr. Mike Draney, Biology Professor from UW-Green Bay, as he leads you through the Greenway and answers your questions about spiders, the effects of harsh weather conditions and anything else that comes to mind. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) hosts FREE guided hikes through the Baird Creek Greenway that are open to the public. All hikes are child-friendly and begin at 1 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street) unless otherwise noted. The hikes are led by experts in the related area and are a great way to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. For parties of 6 or more, please call ahead.
THANK YOU to Dr. Luczaj and the Baird Creek Hikers!
Baird Creek ROCKS! Many thanks to Dr. Luczaj for leading the Geology Hike on November 21st, and thank you to all of the hikers who participated in the outdoor fun! It was a little chilly at 30 degrees, but we had a great turnout of 60 participants. They all seemed eager to learn about Baird Creek and enjoyed exploring the Greenway.
SAVE THE DATES!
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 1 p.m.- Animal Tracks Hike at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street) with Charlie Frisk, BCPF Board President.
Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at 1 p.m.- Heart Health Hike at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street) with Nate Vandervest, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Running Coach.
The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the preservation and restoration of the Baird Creek Watershed in order to enhance its value as an ecological, recreational, and educational resource for generations to come.
Amy Cottrell, President of the American Fisheries Society at UW-Green Bay, provided data of various fish species in Baird Creek. Two Baird Creek locations were chosen to collect the data. The first location was located near Huron Road and data was collected for 111 fish and 9 different species. The second location was near Danz Elementary School and data was collected for 39 fish and 7 different species. After each fish species was determined, they were measured in length, then returned to the creek. Many thanks to Amy for providing the data! Check out the Baird Creek Fish Data Fall 2015.
Baird Creek photos, trail maps and access points can now be viewed on a NEW iPhone App thanks to Francis Eanes, grad student at UW-Madison! The new interactive GeoTools App is only available on the iphone.
Check it out at: http://maps.aqua.wisc.edu/geotools/surfer/
- Click on Green Bay Place
- Drop-down menu under TOPICS include Baird Creek trail map, areas of ecological interest, vistas, etc.
To download the application, anyone with an iPhone can:
- Click on the App Store icon on your phone’s main screen
- Go the “search” tab
- Enter “WI Geotools Explorer” into the search bar
- We’re the first “hit” that comes up. Click to download (it’s free!)
- Once it’s dowloaded, the app will appear on your phone’s screen under the name “SpatialNarratives”
Last summer Alex Kuepper completed a boardwalk project through a wet and heavily eroded trail area in the Baird Creek Parkway. The boardwalks were built as an Eagle Scout project. Alex began the project in March 2013 and finished in August of 2014. The project required approval of the Green Bay Parks Department, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Alex said that the most difficult aspect of the project was finishing within the time limits of the grants he received for building materials. Alex received grants from Lowes, Home Depot, and from family members. The boardwalks required over $1,000 of building supplies and took over 150 man-hours of labor to build. There are two boardwalks, one 20 feet long and the other 25 feet, and fencing to steer walkers away from some wet, sensitive locations.
Alex said that the thing that gave him the most satisfaction in the project was seeing the way it turned out, so beautiful and functional at the same time. Several times hikers stopped by and complimented him on the project and made donations for building materials.
If you would like to see this project as well as one built several years earlier by Eagle Scout Chris Harrelson, park at the bottom of Superior Road and hike in on the trail just south of Baird Creek. The boardwalks are about 100 yards in from the trailhead. The one built by Chris is the boardwalk furthest west, and the two by Alex are to the east.
They are both beautiful projects that help protect water quality and plant diversity, as well as enhancing the hiking experience for park users.
The Baird Creek Greenway is providing a great way for students to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. The ongoing restoration activity within the greenway provides students with hands-on restoration experiences and first-hand exposure to citizen-based conservation. Our organization greatly benefits from a stronger direct link to local K-12 schools.
BCPF will be working with the FIELDS Program (Field Investigations, Environmental Learning, Decision-making by Students) to provide environmental education to local elementary schools. Select students from Aldo Leopold and Wequiock schools will be learning about the effect of urbanization on water quality. The students will be given in-classroom instruction on erosion and water quality issues, and then be transported to the greenway to conduct water quality sampling and analysis.
These classes will serve not only as a way to cultivate appreciation for nature, but as a reminder that conservation is necessary for future generations to enjoy the natural beauty within the city of Green Bay.
This unique opportunity was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin DNR.