Many Bird Species Spotted on Bird Hike!

Many thanks to our hike leaders, Bob Mead and Charlie Frisk, and to all who braved the early morning call to join us on our annual Bird Hike through the Greenway on Saturday, May 9th! We were able to find 44 species of birds this year.

Here is the list of bird species that we found in the Greenway: Mallard, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole and the American Goldfinch

 

Prescribed Burn in Baird Creek

Controlled Burn

Prescribed Burn 2013

It’s Under Control  

Within 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 insure that public safety will be maintained at all times. Because they have the expertise, extensive experience, and specialized equipment necessary to insure 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 insure safety, an exact date cannot be set in advance. We will be looking for favorable conditions starting in mid-April. If you have concerns about smoke please call Jon Kellermann, Prescribed Fire Specialist, at 920-225-5901.

Earth Day Every Day

Annual Baird Creek Cleanup Event
Baird Creek Cleanup

Baird Creek Cleanup

We would like to thank the 80+ volunteers that participated in the Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 25th! Although it was a cold day, volunteers showed up and cleaned the greenway of garbage from end to end. We also had a large group of volunteers remove invasive species from the greenway.  The BCPF would also like to thank Starbucks for donating coffee and snacks for the event and Fleet Farm for donating garbage bags!

 

Many Enjoyed the Trails on the Heart Health Hike

Many thanks to Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Nate Vandervest, for leading the Heart Health Hike on February 21st.  It was a great way to celebrate American Heart Month and enjoy the outdoors.  Check out Nate’s interview about the hike on NBC 26 .

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the City of Green Bay in acquiring land in the Baird Creek Greenway and to help enhance the Greenway’s value as an ecological, recreational, and educational resource for Northeastern Wisconsin. Our goal is to preserve natural woodland in our Green Bay metropolitan area.

If you have questions about the hikes or about the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation please contact Maureen Meinhardt at 920.328.3505 or execdirector@bairdcreek.org.

Proposed Changes to DNR Stewardship Fund

The Board of Directors of the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) is expressing our opposition to Governor Walker’s proposed 13 year moratorium on funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.  The Stewardship Fund was created in 1989 as a means to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The authors of the bill to create the Stewardship Fund were Republican Warren P. Knowles and Democrat Gaylord Nelson.  Since its inception the Stewardship Fund has aided in the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Wisconsin.

Since our founding in 1997 the BCPF has partnered with private citizens, residential developers, and local government leaders to protect and assist in management of over 600 acres within the Baird Creek watershed, and importantly we have done so in a manner that has integrated recreation, natural resource preservation, outdoor education, and quality residential development to make Green Bay a stronger city.  Today our collective community efforts have made the Baird Creek Greenway one of the signature amenities for the City’s east side, supporting tens of thousands of visitors of all ages every year.  Let it be clear however, that these accomplishments, and the collective resource that we have created, were only possible through the cost-matching support of the Stewardship Fund. 

The BCPF has used the Stewardship Fund to acquire approximately 150 acres for the benefit of NE Wisconsin residents, with the Fund paying less than half of the total cost of these properties.  The value in this program lies in its ability to allow us, a non-profit organization, to leverage private, state, and federal dollars to purchase properties essential to our larger shared vision for the Greenway.   The Stewardship Program is a real bargain for the taxpayers of Wisconsin, resulting in an immediate doubling of the state’s initial investment, and collectively allowing the state to work in cooperation with many non-profits organizations such as the BCPF to protect valuable natural areas. 

In the future, with increasing development pressure and demands on the state’s water resources, the Stewardship Fund is going to be even more necessary to protect water quality and preserve natural spaces for the public to enjoy.  Acquiring a piece of land for these purposes is an extended process requiring several years of planning and effort to complete.  A moratorium of even a year disrupts the ability of private organizations to work with local governments on planned expansions of public lands.   Wisconsin parks, public forests, and wildlife refuges are important in maintaining the high quality of life that attracts people to Wisconsin.  A 13 year moratorium on funding for the Stewardship Fund will make it extremely difficult to move forward in protecting these important resources.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation

President

Charles Frisk

Vice President

Dave Hemstreet

Secretary

Mathew Dornbush

Treasurer

Mark Diederich

 

Alan Nass

Paul Hartman

Kevin Hendricksen

Neal Van Ess