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					Nov/Dec 2004

                                        A Reward For Our Quietest Teacher
                                        By Elizabeth Cheek
                                        Executive Director

                                        School kids come here because we have great environmental classes for them, and the
                                        reason we have great classes is because we have great teachers. Each teacher’s
                                        knowledge, sense of humor and experience makes the classes as good as they are.
                                        We get continual feedback from visiting schools about the superb quality of our teachers and,
                                        therefore, the quality of their students’ learning experiences at the Center.

                                                                                               We also have other kinds of teachers

                                                                                               here, but they’re not human.
                                                                                               They have feathers or scales and are
                                                                                               our raptors, snakes and turtles. Kids

            AUDUBON                                                                            are fascinated by live animals and
                                                                                               learn by listening to them, watching
                                                                                               them, and asking questions about
            CHRISTMAS                                                                          them.

           BIRD COUNT
                                                                                                We also have another kind of teacher
                                                                                                which doesn’t move or make a sound.
                                                                                                Yet this teacher has just been awarded
       Saturday, December 18                                                                    a prestigious national award. Have
                                        you guessed it? It’s our new building! We’re just been awarded the LEED (Leadership in
                                        Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the
               See Page 4 for Details   nation’s highest authority on sustainable building practices. Our building is now the highest
                                        rated LEED New Construction Green Building in the whole state.

                                        From the beginning of our project, our intent has been to use the building as an extension of
     Vallier Lecture Series:            our environmental education mission, and this is exactly what’s happened. Many
                                        lectures and tours were given during and after construction to inform different groups within
     Micronesia                         the building industry, energy industry, and materials industry about green buildings. When
                                        the building was completed, center staff and volunteers learned about the building and
                                        became green tour guides for visitors. Building tours have already been given to well over a
     Birds                              thousand people, and we continue to have new requests.

                                        Junior high and high school students learn about the building when they come here for a
                                        class on sustainability. College students from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning
                                        at UW-M are performing ongoing research on the building’s use of energy. It has become a

     Peril                              living lab for these students, and it will be for future architecture students as well.

                                        Last month, our building received the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance’s top award, the
                                        award of excellence. In addition, the building was rated as one of the top projects of the year
                                        by Wisconsin Builder magazine, and it received the Milwaukee metropolitan New Construc-
                                        tion award from the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Receiving the national LEED
     Tuesday, December 28               Gold Rating award is a very special additional honor, and we’re very proud recipients.
     See Back Cover for Details
                                        If you haven’t yet visited the building, do come. We will be having special tours November 7
                                        and 14, noon - 3 p.m. You will go home having learned something from a very good teacher.
                                    Making a Difference in our Community
    Stephen F. Geimer
                                    SANC’s Annual Fund Drive Begins!
    President                       The Annual Fund Drive is our primary vehicle for receiving necessary operating expenses
    Clarence K. Johnson             for the entire year. Your support ensures that we will be able to fund our environmental
    Secretary/Treasurer             education programs and preserve our sanctuary, which serves as our “outdoor classroom” for
    Janie W. Asmuth                 thousands of children, adults and teens.
    Vice President
    William Fitzhugh Fox                                        Campaign co-chairs,
    Vice President                                              Janie Asmuth and Tom Tuttle have been
    BG Hook                                                     working hard to plan and implement
    Vice President                                              the Fund Drive. The campaign goal is
    Jeff Rusinow                                                $536,000. We are counting on all of
    Vice President                                              our members to pitch in and help us
    Thomas N. Tuttle, Jr.                                       reach this goal.
    Vice President
                                    Making a Difference in our Community
    Directors:                      We live in a world where green, open spaces are fast disappearing. Too much of our
    Jane B. Bell                    children’s time is spent in front of televisions, computers and video games. They have few
    Suzy Boerke                     opportunities to discover nature -- what’s worse, they often grow up afraid of it. A personal
    Thomas J. Drought               connection with nature is an essential ingredient that inspires children to learn and care
    Hunt Eldridge, Jr.              about the environment. This is how Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is making a difference
    Suzanne S. Foster               in our community – one child at a time.
    Glenn N. Goergen
    David K. Hoover                 The New Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center.
    Janet Loos                      Our new building provides enriching activities for young and old. It also houses our new
    Carol Mayer                     nature preschool, one of just a few nature preschools in the nation.
    John S. McGregor
    Patricia K. Schuyler            Nature and kids are a “natural” combination, with new magical discoveries happening every
    Michael A. Uihlein              day. By opening new eyes to nature at just the right age, we are able to inspire tomorrow’s
    Peter T. Uihlein                conservationists.
    Madonna A. Williams
    Edward B. Witte                 Our “outdoor classroom” features natural woodlands, marshes, ponds, prairies, bluffs and
    Michael L. Youngman             ravines. This is the largest undeveloped green space along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee
                                    County, and we are just fifteen minutes from downtown.
    Director Active Emeritus
    Dorothy K. Vallier              Please Help Us Make a Difference in the Community
                                    Your donation today will ensure that we can continue connecting people of all ages and
    Honorary Directors:             backgrounds with the wonders of nature. With your support, we can change the world, one
    Monnie D. Messinger             child at a time.
    Polly H. Van Dyke
    Edwin P. Wiley                  Your Donation Will Help:
    James O. Wright
                                    Expand SANC’S nature
    Executive Director              education programs…
    Elizabeth Cheek
                                    Award scholarships to
    Center Focus is published by:
                                    students from low-income
    Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
    1111 E. Brown Deer Rd,          families…
    Milwaukee, WI 53217
     Editor: Patricia Neale         Open new eyes to nature
             Issue No. 6-04         through our preschool…

    Newsletter Photos               Maintain and preserve
    by Bob Bailie                   our sanctuary with land
                                    stewardship programs…
        New Friends Board Member                                                               Meet Author and
     Congratulations and “welcome” to Suzy Boerke, the
     newest member of the FOSANC Board of Directors.                                            Curt Meine
     Suzy was very actively involved on this year’s gala
     committee and is a very good Friend to the Center.                                          Thursday,
                                                                                                November 4
 Big Thanks To...
 .                                                                                        The Milwaukee Audubon Society
                                                                                          and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
  . . . Steve Mahler and Family for                                                       invite you to spend a thought-pro-
           several raptor mounts                                                          voking evening with conservation
 . . . Patty and Peter Schuyler for typewriter,                writer and Leopold biographer, Curt Meine.
           office chair and supplies.
                                                               The presentation, followed by a question and answer
                                                               session, will take place onThursday, November 4,
                                                               7:30 p.m., at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Curt will talk
                                                               about the legacy of land restoration left by the work and writings

           WISH LIST...
                                                               of Aldo Leopold.

                                                               Curt addresses these themes in his latest book, entitled
                                                               Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and
        One-gallon plastic ice cream buckets                   Conservation. Curt is an intelligent and entertaining speaker
                                                               who will challenge you to look at new ways to achieve old
        White bed sheets                                       objectives. There will be a book signing following the program.

                                                                               Fee for FOSANC
                                                                               and MAS members is $4;
                                                                               Non-members pay $6.

     Preschool News                                                            Pre-registration is required, please
                                                                               call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.

By Patti Bailie
Preschool Director

Our school year began with beautiful summer weather. The preschool children
have had wonderful experiences exploring the different habitats at our nature
center. We caught insects in the field, observed the leaves changing color in the
forest, found seeds dispersing in the prairie, and visited the pond in search of
turtles and frogs getting ready for winter.

We worked hard in our front play area taking care of our gardens and
harvesting vegetables for snack. We opened our new nature play area behind
                                              the building with the log cabin playhouse. And we are looking forward to
                                              spending the winter in each of the habitats, as well as looking for animal
                                              tracks and winter birds.

                                                    Registration materials for the 2005-2006 school year will be available
                                                    beginning January 3. We will have an open house on January 15, 2005,
                                                    from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for anyone interested in touring the
                                                    preschool rooms.

                                                    Registration dates are January 19 for returning families, January 31 for
                                                    members and February 7 for non-members. Contact Laurie Lukaszewicz
                                                    at 352-2880 Ext. 154 to request registration packets or if you are
                                                    interested in observing the preschool.
       On the Ground...News from Land Stewardship
    By Wendy Walcott
    Land Steward

    High Green Against a Winter Sky
    White Pines are the tallest and most magical of the evergreens at SANC.
    This frankly biased assertion is intended to challenge the spruce lovers
    among us, and to inspire others to learn to distinguish a pine from a spruce,
    a cedar, or a juniper tree.

    Spruce trees have short, stiff needles and, if they are Norway spruce, a
    droopy look. Except for the Colorado blue spruce, they are very dark green,
    and they have narrow, pointed tops. White cedars (Arborvitae) have soft, flat
    needles, overlapping like scales. Red cedars are really junipers. They have
    sharp small needles, painful to the touch. If they are native, they turn a
    natural, purplish brown in winter.

    The Scots pines on the property are decorative, with their red, peeling bark,
    but their large, stiff, coarse needles in clusters of two cannot compete for
    beauty with the native white pines. White pine needles are long, flexible and
    shining. Five slender needles fan out from a single point. They are the tree
    that sighs with the wind, the tree of memory of summers on the lake. The ones planted here
    are beginning to overtop the spruces, because they are better suited to the environment. They
    have the potential to live 400 years! The ones planted along the entrance road are not doing
    as well because they are not suited to the local soil.
                                                                                                                  White Pine Fascicle with FIVE needles
    As you walk the trails, try to pick out the large white pines by looking for their open,
    upwardly branching tops. That’s green optimism, against a clear or even a cloudy winter sky!

    Saturday, December 18, 2004
    Although the Christmas Bird Count is always done during the holiday season, it has nothing to do with Christmas. The date of the count
    is selected to coincide with the end of the fall migration. This early winter bird census provides an annual record of a very specific and
    dynamic time during the ornithological season.

                                                Milwaukee’s count circle is centered at Port Washington Road and Hampton Avenue and
                                                radiates fifteen miles in diameter. In this area birders on foot, in autos and stationed at
                                                feeders count individual birds as well as numbers of species observed.

                                                If you live within this fifteen-mile radius and have bird feeders that attract a variety of species,
                                                please consider doing a count in your yard. Feeder observers only need to watch their
                                                feeders for at least thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes in the afternoon. If you
                                                prefer to be out and about, consider joining a team of field observers. Several areas in our
                                                count circle could use help. It’s always fun and you never know what birds will turn up. For
                                                example, in 2003 in addition to the usual winter waterfowl we found a horned grebe, one
    harlequin duck and two surf scooters and as well as a Barrow’s goldeneye. This was a great year for lingering great-blue herons with
    nine being the most ever found on a Milwaukee CBC. Interesting raptors included one northern harrier, a peregrine falcon and an all
    time high of 49 red-tailed hawks. We also had another great year for gulls. Four Thayer’s, one Iceland, a greater black-backed and
    a glaucous gull were all found this year. Another highlight was a northern mockingbird located during the count week. In all, 33,168
    individual birds of 78 species made for a productive and enjoyable day for the 69 birders who participated.

    For more information or to join the 2004 count, contact Marilyn Bontly at 414-228-0314 or Jean Strelka at the Schlitz Audubon
    Nature Center 414-352-2880 before December 1. The fee for field participants is $5.00 which goes toward the publication of
    our data in the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count issue. There is no fee for feeder watchers.
By now, snowflakes should be floating from the sky, whirling and twirling as they float down, blanketing the ground. This signals the
start of the holiday season at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. New items have been arriving at the store along with many old
favorites. Make us your first stop for your holiday shopping. Remember, we have many gift ideas that aren’t found anywhere else
in town: wonderful customer service, easy parking, no crowds to fight, free gift wrapping. Don’t forget to check new items from
our popular vendors: Doodle Bags; Audubon Binocular from Sheltered Wings; Whitefish Pottery; Folkmanis Puppets; and great
selection of necklaces and earrings. We will also have a great selection of logo fleece items and sweatshirts. Our MEMBER
APPRECIATION SALE runs from December 1- 31, take 20 percent off all items. Start shopping soon with us!

Adult Items                                                        Children’s Items
Peggy Karr Glass                                                   FunDanas: These are bandanas that fold out and
We have new holiday plates                                         have a game to play. A fun way to teach kids and
and ornaments of Peggy                                             adults about nature. They are easy to carry,
Karr’s beautiful “enameled                                         washable, no loose pieces and reusable. Topics are:
fused glass.”                                                      Prairie Quest, Star Quest, Nature Quest, Tree Quest,
                                                                   Bug Quest, Beach Quest.
“Four Seasons”                                                     Super Bug Viewer This bug viewer
 Note Cards                                                        is safe, with aeration holes for safe-
 SANC’s very own resident artist, Carole Schwarz,                  guarding the lives of the insects,
                       a FOSANC member and                         which should be freed after being
                       long-time volunteer, has                    observed. The spherical joint permits
                       created this exquisite set                  the observer to easily follow the insect
                       of note cards depicting the                 movements.
                       four seasons with birds in
                       nature.                                     Children’s Binoculars:
                                                                   Perfect for a child’s first pair of
                                                                   binoculars. Small, lightweight.

                                                                   Children’s Books
                                                                   B is for Badger- A Wisconsin Alphabet
                                                                   This book is full of intriguing facts and faces, history
Beautifully boxed in                                               and places of Wisconsin revealed to readers young
recycled cardboard                                                                                   and old. In this guided
boxes with each of the                                                                               A-Z tour, beginning
cards displayed on the tape binding the box. Poster                                                  readers will enjoy
size prints and smaller versions of the note card                                                    simple rhymes while
artworks are also available. You have to see these in                                                older children discover
living color to really appreciate the awesome beauty                                                 facts about each topic
                         of these note cards and prints.                                             letter in the sidebar
                         Ceramic Ornaments:
                         These ornaments have a pat-               Lost in the Woods
                         ented needle technique that al-           From the authors of the best selling Stranger in
                         lows you to feel the details and          Woods, comes their new book of springtime fantasy
                         patterns on the painted surface.          about trust, patience and waiting for your time.
                                                                   Woodland creatures are concerned for a newborn
                                                                   fawn they believe to be lost.                                     5
    SANC’s Summer Bird Census
    By Jean Strelka, Audubon Naturalist

    This past summer the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conducted a summer bird census—the first such count in
    twelve years. The census attempts to document all the nesting birds at SANC. This year volunteers observed
    64 species, with 49 of them probable or confirmed nesters. Summer bird surveys began at SANC in 1980 and
    continued until 1992. Comparing the results of this year’s data to past records produced some interesting and
    sometimes disturbing results.

    A number of species observed in the early
    years of the surveys are no longer breeding
    at SANC. Wood thrushes have not nested
    here since 1983. The last ring-necked
    pheasant was recorded in 1984 and the
    last purple martin in 1987. Yellow-billed
    cuckoos and wood ducks, once observed
    annually, were not recorded this year.
    The numbers of warblers, both observed
    and nesting, also declined over the years.
    It was once common to record 12 or more
    species of warblers during the census
    period with as many as nine of them
    showing signs of nesting. This year we
    found only seven warbler species and only five of them were nesting.

    In our grasslands, many formerly common species were absent or present only in small numbers. For the
    first time since the census began, no field sparrows or brown thrashers were observed. Savannah sparrows,
    bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks all disappeared in the late eighties. In some cases, these declines may
    be due to changing habitats at SANC. Invasive species such as buckthorn shrubs and black locust trees have
    significantly altered the makeup of our fields and forests. Our current land stewardship group, however, is doing
    an amazing job of restoring the center’s habitats and we hope the future will see the return of some species.
    Sometimes the declining bird numbers at SANC reflect greater nationwide trends. The National Audubon
    Society Watch List currently lists 201 species that are in trouble for a number of reasons and state that since
    1970 many songbird species have declined by as much as 50 percent.

    Not all the news is bad. Many bird species were found in similar numbers to previous surveys and some species
    are on the rise. This was the first census to record nesting wild turkeys (at least two broods). Bluebirds, red-
    headed and red-bellied woodpeckers were all confirmed nesting here for the first time. Red-eyed vireos have
    increased, as have blue-gray gnatcatchers and American redstart and morning warblers. Northern cardinals,
    indigo buntings and American goldfinches are also doing extremely well.

    One final note is that great tits, a Eurasian species, nested at SANC and successfully fledged at least one chick.
    The origin of these birds is unknown, but they are probably escaped or released caged birds. The implications of
    their nesting remain to be seen, but as with other non-native species, there may be some cause for concern.

    We hope to conduct the summer bird census at SANC bi-annually from now on. If you are interested in
    helping with future counts, please contact Jean Strelka at SANC, (414) 352-2880, Ext. 219.
                                 New Members
Matt and Kathy Albright               Kristin Fellows                   Richard A. Knisbeck
Kris Anderson                         Jill and Scott Fitzgerald         Jennifer Kohn
Brenda Anguil                         David Flores                      Margaret Komives
Robb Arnst-Southworth                 Roger Fons                        Patty Kosednar
Allison Asmann                        Brad Forbush                      Victoria Krause Mayer
Valerie Aspenleiter                   Jude and Chris Ford               Michael Krawczyk
Nancie Baker                          Julie Francour                    Steven Kulick
Brad and Kris Bartkus                 William Frazier Family            Shelly Lamoreaux
John and Mary Bartley                 Christopher D. Gaebel             Ellen Leeney and John Yang
Desiree Erickson and Scott Beightol   Kevin and Catherine Gardner       Sarah M. Legett
Susan Berk Koch                       Mary Garvey                       Mary and Jon Lehrmann
Marshall Berkoff                      Steve and Robin Gausebeck         Susan Lennartson
Larry and Mary Jane Beschta           Lyn and Scott Geboy               Deborah Lev-Er
Thomas Bielinski                      James Gelly                       Jon and Kelly Levin
Steve and Sandi Bingenheimer          Becky Glieber and Chris Buschke   Linscott Family
Sarah Box                             Marilyn Goldman                   Deb Madigan
Theresa and Michael Braun             Debra M. Goyette                  Suzanne Maholias
Sara Braun                            Paul and Wendy Greeney            Dave Manel Family
Barbara Brennan                       Kim Greiveldinger                 Patricia Mamber
Maria Brondino                        Craig and Brenda Greuel           Wendy Martinek
Alan and Traci Brown                  Stefanie Gruber                   Megan Maszk
Heidi Brush                           Lisa Gunderson                    Mike and Jill Matthews
Bernard J. and Ute Buchmann           Betty Ann Gygax                   Mary and David Maul
Pamela Burden                         Douglas and Colleen Hahm          Doug Mazur and Lisa Summerfield
Barbara Cable                         Judy Hearst                       McCrimmon Family
Warren, Whelan, Betsy & Ken           Scott Hedges and Ann O’Hara       Meg and John McFadyen
Callahan                              Deb Heiden                        Christine McMahon
Nick Cataldo and Melissa Brown        Brenda Heintz and Scott Schlais   Dave and Kathleen Meisinger
Tracy Chan                            Linda Heintz                      Joseph Memson
Nicola Charlton and Zane Prewitt      Laura M. Hellman                  Linda E. Menck
Tina Christensen                      Kathryn Henriksen                 Mark and Mandy Meyer
Nancy Cohen                           Mildred Hoffman                   Melissa Mielotz
Cecelia Condit                        Fran and Mike Howley              Ardith Moore
Anne and Phil Cooper                  Terry and Holly Hoy               Rev. John W. Moore
Betsy Cornwell                        Deborah Inman                     Barbara Moser
Jane Craig                            John and Andrea Jaeger            Leslie and John Murphy
Anne Cyganiak                         Brain Janosik                     Steven and Stacey Names
Robert and Gloria Day                 Jennifer Janz                     Andrew Nelson
Nikki and Andrew DeGuire              Collette Jarvela-Kuhnen           Nguyen Family
Alexandra and John DeToro             Susan Jeske-Dermody               Tiffany and Mark Novacek
Esther Demerdash                      Kim and Brad Johnson              Dawn Nyholm and Erika Siemsen
Sowmya Desai                          Diane and Larry Johnson           Paul and Carol Nystrom
Teresa Dhala                          Ellie Jones                       Eugene O’Connor
Kerry and Allen Dolberg               Robert Kaland                     Kathy Ochocki
Don and Nan Donner                    Al Kantor                         Jim Olsen and Carrie Stollenwerk
Donna and Greg Doro                   Ralph Kappelhoff                  Steve and Sherri Only
Roy Duvall                            Jackie and Mike Kashou            Thomas, Elizabeth and Hatton Parker
Kyle Ebersole                         Tom and Kate Kastenholz           Ruth Peters
Reuben and Naomi Eisenstein           Daniel and Angela Kattman         Jonathan and Christina Piel
Patti Ellsworth                       The Katz Family                   William S. Pierce
Tiffany and Andrew Eng                Phil Kendl                        June R. Platz
Melissa Engroff                       Todd Kirkpatrick                  Kenneth and Suzanne Presberg
Mary Evanich                          Ken and Caron Kloser              Joseph Ramos and Sarah Harwick 7
        New Members, contd.
    Dr. Amy Rankin                            Mike and Julie Soyka
    Steven and Vivian Ratfelders              Susan Spaight and Karl Moorhead
    Mike Rehorst and Kathy Palmer             James Spella
    Reinders-Quick Family                     Jackie Stackhouse
    Steve and Susan Rice                      Mary Kay Stiehm
    Jennifer Ann Richards                     Alisa and Sigurd Strautmanis
    Judy Richson
    Patricia Riordan
    Dean Rockstad
                                              Spence Tepper
                                              Kathleen and Frank Thometz
                                              Beth and Brian Thompson
                                                                                      In memory of:
    Karen Rohde                               Carolyn Timmis
    David and Susan Rolison                   Neil Traverse                           Rosa Canales
    Jay E. Rosecky                            Shelley Unsworth                                Terrence Cooley
                                                                                              Sharon Dehli
    Cathy and Jay Sanders                     Jon and Jeanne Vincent                          Ann L. Keim
    Mary Ellen Schaff                         Mary Volmer                                     James Kelly
    Dan Schely and Barb Haig                  Tom Walczyk                                     Kathleen K. Newcomb
                                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Prince
    Wendy and Joe Scherwenka                  Tina Wallenfang                                 Renee M. Bertin
    Frank and Angelita Schmidt                Christopher Ward                                Allen Young
    Michelle Schofield                         John and Lori Washburn
    Gail Schumann                             Jean Weaver                             Jerome M. Chrisman
                                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Spies
    Brad and Jill Seitzinger                  Beverly Weeden
    Jyoti and Jayati Sengupta                 David H. Wells Family                   Leonard Helminiak
    Nellette M. Seymour                       Linda and Owen Wells                            Dick and Sandy Buchman
    Sneha and Saurabh Shah                    Alberta Whitaker
    Janice Shands                                                                     Bryce Ethan Herbert Educational
                                              Lori Whitman
                                                                                      Development Fund
    Zhouhuan Shao                             Jessica Willems                                 Connie and Thomas Krystyn
    Pamela and Jeffrey Shovers                Ann Winschel
    Kathy Sicula                              Bill and Lilly Wisotzke                 Florence Melberg
    Daniel Silver                             Laura and John Wright                           Rachel Sikich
    Paula Simchick                            Gail Wuesthoff                          Shirley Newell
    Jay Smith                                 Michelle Zancanaro                              PPG Industries, Inc.
    Katie and Terry Smith                     Ann Ziegler
    Gary and Imelda Snisky                    JoAnne and Paul Zovic                   Herman Olson
                                                                                              Wayne R. and Anthea L. Bojar
    Susan Solvana                                                                             Dianne Farrell
                                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. Edwards Eisendrath

                                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hess
                                                                                              John and Betty Ames

                                                                                      Stephen Petrykowski
    In Honor of:                               Carroll Kieckhefer                             Marvin and Geri Olson
                                                        Karen Mc Fadyen
    Thomas B. Fitzgerald                                Ireene and Bill Sullivan      Helen Runge
           Mr. and Mrs. William D. Van Dyke             Leslie Corneliuson                    Dick and Sandy Buchman
                                                        Barbara N. McCallum
    Suzy and Byron Foster                               Constance Kieckhefer-Harris   Christine Shanovich
                                                                                              Robert Forstrom &
            Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hillis
                                                                                                 Lynn Bray-Forstrom
                                               Erin Kinney                                    Joan Tarachow
    Edyn Herbert                                        Danielle Strauss                      Mary Fitzgerald
            Carol Josten-Williams                                                             Kathleen and Alan Werth
             and Dudley Williams                                                              Laurene Lindner
            (To be added to the Bryce Ethan    Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
            Herbert Educational                       Carol Busche                    Bonnie Weigell
            Development Fund)                                                                 Dick and Sandy Buchman
                                               Mr. and Mrs. William D. Van Dyke
                                                        Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B.        Brigitte Wissmiller
                                                       Fitzgerald                             Dick and Judi Kahn

By Laurie Haig
Volunteer Coordinator
We have a big thanks for all the high school and
college-age students who came this summer for our
Thursday morning trail work. They had a great time!
We will be starting up again sometime in November on
Saturday mornings. Besides helping in the admissions
booth once a month for four hours, this is a good way
for students to get volunteering hours in during the
school year. If you are
interested in joining this group, please let me know
and I’ll put you on my mail and/or e-mail list for more

Other groups who came to help this summer: the north
side YMCA, the North American Federation of Temple
Youth, and Siemens Network Surveillance and Analysis Center’s Network Operations Department of SBC.

When you come through the grounds to get to the main building, you’ll want to go no faster than the posted 15 mph speed
limit. This will give you time to enjoy some of the planting projects the land management staff and volunteers work on all
                                               year. The staff describes themselves as land stewards, not managers, of the

                                            The core group of land stewardship volunteers comes every Monday all year
                                            round. They start at 9 a.m. sharp and don’t call it quits until they have all
                                            enjoyed a delicious lunch together in the volunteer room at noon. Their rotat-
                                            ing menu of homemade soups smells great every week.

                                            This Land Stewardship “weed, seed, and feed” gang has different focuses
                                            throughout the planting seasons. For the fall and winter, they concentrate
                                            on buckthorn and honeysuckle control and do some tree planting. In the late
                                            winter/early spring, they will do some controlled burning in the prairie areas.
                                            Come spring and summer, there is more planting of flowers and grasses,
                                            weeding and seeding, and prairie
                                            maintenance. If that isn’t enough of a variety, during any season, they are
                                            burning brush piles and managing seasonal wetlands, which are the little
                                            ponds you see after a good rain.

                                             How do you get your hands (and clothes!) as dirty as they get to do every
                                             week? We are looking for more people to help the other land management
                                             volunteers who come on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from
                                             9 a.m. to noon. It’s a great way to learn about plants native to our woods,
prairies and wetlands; and invasive species. And to start sharing your own soup recipes…

Are you interested in how you can be more involved at the Center?
Call Laurie Haig, Volunteer Coordinator at (414) 352-2880 x144 or e-mail at lhaig@sanc.org
for more information.
            To register for programs or for more
                                                                              Sustainable Building Tours
                                                                              Hey friends, the Packers don’t have any noon games this month
                                                                              so why not come out to see the beautiful Dorothy K. Vallier
           information, please call the Center at                             Environmental Learning Center? The remarkable design and
                                                                              stunning backdrop of this architectural marvel are worth a closer
                  (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.                                   look. Considered one of the most energy efficient or “green”
      PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE TIME                                    buildings in the country, it’s in the running for some national
                    OF REGISTRATION.                                          awards. Walk upon recycled car tires (!), touch trees planted
                                                                              by the Uihlein and Leopold families and warm yourself by the
      Programs can be paid with credit card by phone.                         Rumsford fireplace.
                  Child prices are valid for                                  DATE: First two Sundays in November: 7th & 14th
                 kids ages 12 and younger                                     TIME: 12 noon – 3 pm (tours start every half hour)
                                                                              FEE:     FOSANC Members Free,
                                                                                       Non-members free with paid general admission
     Boomers and Beyond                                                       LEVEL: Family
     The “Boomers and Beyond” program will continued to be offered            Registration is appreciated, even though it’s a free event
     the first Thursday of every month. The first half-hour will start with
     socializing, coffee and sweets, and then we will head out on the
     trails to engage in nature’s instructive process. Our November           Relaxation / Meditation Class
     topic will be on plants’ and animals’ “Preparation for Winter.”          Through simple, yet powerful methods of relaxation, breath
     December’s focus will be “Winter Birds,” and January will explore        awareness and focusing attention in the present, we will
     Snow and Ice Mysteries.                                                  experience the benefits to body and mind that relaxation and
     DATE: Thursdays, November 4 and December 2                               deepened awareness can provide. The class is both instructional
     TIME: 9 – 10:30 a.m.                                                     and highly experiential. Students are encouraged to share
     FEE:       FOSANC Members: $9; Non-members: $10                          obstacles and successes relevant to the class content, and to
     LEVEL: Adults 50 and older                                               incorporate what they learn during the class into their daily lives.
     Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.             In this class, you will learn to: Relieve built-up stress from your
                                                                              body and mind, reduce your tendency to accumulate additional
                                                                              stress, deepen the experience of stillness and peace within
     RAPTOR SATURDAYS!                                                        yourself, develop confidence in your capacity and ability to focus
     Join our feathered ambassadors the                                       with awareness in the present moment, anytime and anywhere.
     first Saturday of each month as they set                                  DATE: Tuesdays, November 9 – December 21
     the scene for discovery. In this family                                  TIME: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
     program, SANC’s falcons, hawks, owls                                     FEE:       FOSANC Members: Package of 5 classes $54.00
     and Frederick, our bald eagle, will be                                              Package of 7 classes $63.00
     closely observed as handlers allow                                                  Non-Member Adult: Package of 5 classes $60.00
     for a close-up, personal view of these                                              Package of 7 classes $70.00
     magnificent raptors. Sponsored through                                    LEVEL: Young adults and adults,
     a grant from the Wisconsin Energy                                                   beginners as well as those with any level of
     Corporation Foundation.                                                             previous relaxation / meditation experience.
     DATE: Saturday, November 6                                               Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
               and December 4
     TIME: 1 – 2 p.m.
     FEE:      FOSANC Members: FREE                                           SANC’s Bird Club
               Non-members: Free with Center admission.                       Calling all bird lovers and anyone who wants to learn more
     LEVEL: Adults and children of all ages.                                  about our feathered friends. No experience is necessary, just
                                                                              an interest in birds and the outdoors. The Bird Club meets the
                                                                              second Wednesday of each month. This month following a bird
     Hangin’ with Hyatt: A High-tech Treasure Hunt                            walk, we will be having our annual holiday party. Please bring a
     Hey folks! Have you heard of Geocaching? It’s treasure hunting           dish to pass..
     with GPS units, and it’s the newest sport around! Jim will give you      DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 10
     the basics on using a GPS unit. You don’t even need one. We’ll           TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. FEE: FREE
     provide you with a unit. After learning the basics, you’ll be set upon   LEVEL: Adults and Teens [There will be NO Bird Club
     the trails of the center to find your first waypoint. At every waypoint    Meeting in December.]
     will be a puzzle piece and the coordinates for your next waypoint.
     The first team that comes back to the center and puts their puzzle
     together first is the winner and gets a prize! You’ll learn a new         Continuing Hatha Yoga
     sport, how to use a GPS unit, walk the trails, and have fun at the       Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s beautiful “green” building
     same time!                                                               provides the peaceful setting for our popular yoga classes. We
     DATE: Saturday, November 6                                               will stretch and relax with a balanced program including the
     TIME:      9 - 11 a.m.                                                   essentials of yoga practice. Improve your health and energy
     FEE:       FOSANC Members: Adults $5, Children $3;                       level through a variety of safe and relaxing yoga postures.
                Non-members: Adults $7, Children $5                           Breath training and relaxation is included. Please bring a large
     LEVEL: Families                                                          towel or yoga mat to each class. Classes may meet outside
     Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.             when weather permits.
                                                                              Beginning and Intermediate classes are offered. Please call
10                                                                            (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500, for times and pricing.
Discovery Nature Hiking                                                 RepAmphibiantile Sunday
Have you often wished you could do your daily walk for exercise         BRRRR! It’s too cold for me. I think I’ll stay inside today and
in a beautiful wild place and learn about the amazing things that       hang out with some friends. Come join me and we’ll hold
you’re passing by? We will walk along the meadows, woods,               snakes, wonder at frogs, touch turtles, and all that good stuff.
wetlands, and lakeshore of the Center while Don Quintenz                We can’t see these guys outside this time of year, so
interprets the scenery and helps answer the questions that nature       come inside.
evokes in us. You should be able to walk any of the loop trails at      DATE: Sunday, December 5
the Center taking short but frequent stops.                             TIME: 1 – 2 p.m.
DATE: Wed., November 17 & Thursday, December 9                          FEE:    FOSANC Members: FREE,
TIME: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                                                         Non-members free with Center admission.
FEE:      FOSANC Members: $4; Non-members: $5                           LEVEL: Families
LEVEL: Adults
Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
                                                                        The Sky’s the Limit
                                                                        Do you enjoy watching the night sky? Then join us for a fun
Glacial Geology of the N. Kettle Moraine                                evening of stargazing as we search the heavens from the top of
This natural treasure is world-renowned for its demonstration           our 60-foot tower: you’ll feel like you can touch the sky! Winter
of ice age features. Join SANC’s Director of Education Don              is the perfect time to view favorite constellations such as Orion
Quintenz as we take a van tour of the many forms the ice sheet          the Hunter, the Big Dipper and Leo the Lion. The subject of the
left on the landscape and hike up to and over them. A lunch stop        recent Cassini space probe mission, the planet Saturn should be
at the Ice Age Center will take advantage of various audio-visual       visible in Gemini the Twins. Bring warm clothes and binoculars.
resources that help you understand the dynamic genesis of these         Sky charts and hot chocolate will be provided. The program
glacial relics. This program requires the physical ability to hike up   begins inside the building. In case of poor viewing conditions, an
steep hills 100 feet tall.                                              indoor program about the solar system will be presented.
DATE: Thursday, November 18                                             DATE: Thursday December 9, 2004
TIME: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                                   TIME: 7 – 9 p.m.
FEE:      FOSANC Members: $39; Non-members: $43                         FEE:       FOSANC Members: Adults $5, Children $3;
LEVEL: Adults                                                                      Non-members: Adults $6, Children $5
Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.            LEVEL: Families
                                                                        Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
Ready, Set, Hibernate!
 Hey kids, haven’t you always wanted to explore the secret hiding       A Holiday Tree for the Birds
places of animals? All around us, the animals are preparing for         Give our birds a special treat for the holidays by helping to
winter. Just how do they survive such cold weather? To find out,         decorate an outside tree with bird food ornaments. We will learn
please join us for a day of discovery and fun as we investigate         the food preferences of some common winter birds, take a short
animal life at Audubon.                                                 bird hike, and then return inside to create our ornaments. After
We’ll start inside and see real mammal skulls, furs & mounts.           decorating our tree, we will have a few snacks of our own and
Then it’s outside to track meadow voles in the prairie, observe         time to watch our tree for “takers” at our new feeding station.
squirrels in the forest and of course, visit Mystery Lake. When the     DATE: Sunday, December 19
day is done, we’ll enjoy some animal cookies and hot chocolate.         TIME: 1 – 3 p.m.
Bring warm clothes and boots, especially if it snows.                   FEE:      FOSANC Members: Adults $8, Children $5;
DATE: Saturday November 20              TIME: 9 a.m.- 12 noon           Non-Members: Adults $10, Children $7.
FEE:      FOSANC Member Children $15;                                   LEVEL: Families with children in first through fifth grades
          Non-member Children $20                                       Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
LEVEL: Kids Ages 4 and older
Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
                                                                        Winter Wonderland: Fun in the Sun
                                                                        Hey kids! Looking for something to do over winter break? Well,
Hangin’ with Hyatt: As the snow flies…..                                 put down the GameBoy and head over to the Audubon Center.
 Have you people had it with the lack of snow? Who knows when           We’ll look for animal tracks in the snow and make our own out
it is going to fall? Well, Jim is announcing a bold new concept in      of plaster to take home. From howling coyotes and 14 point
center programming. During the week, if we get a snowfall of 3          bucks to shrews the size of your thumbnail, it will be a morning
inches or more Jim Hyatt will have a snowshoe class the Saturday        of nature fun! What better way to spend a few hours learning
following the snowfall. It could happen in December, January,           about winter ecology? Please choose which one of the three
February, maybe even March, but Jim will be ready. After it snows       days your children would like to attend.
call the center to register, and we’ll see you that weekend for         DATE: December 28, 29 or 30
some winter fun!                                                        TIME: 9-11 a.m.
DATE: A Saturday in Dec., Jan., Feb. or March                           FEE:      FOSANC members $6; non-members $8
TIME: 9 – 11 a.m. or 12 – 2 p.m.                                        LEVEL: Children ages 6-10 years
FEE:       FOSANC Members: Adults $5, Children $3;                      Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.
           Non-Members: Adults $7, Children $4
LEVEL: Families                                                         Vallier Lecture Series: Micronesia Birds in Peril
Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.            Dr. Susan Haig will present a fascinating lecture and slide show about
                                                                        the amazing birds of Micronesia facing extinction. See Back Cover for
ANNUAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD                                           more details about this fascinating lecture.
COUNT Sat., December 18, (See Page 4 for Details)
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individuals exist in captivity. To help with the bird’s recovery, Dr. Haig began an
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in 1998. Please join us for this fascinating look at a critical conservation issue.”                Open Seven Days a Week
                                                                                                        9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DATE:    Tuesday December 28, 2004                                                                          $4 adults
TIME:    7 p.m.                                                                                     $2 children 12 and under
FEE:     $4 FOSANC members, $5 non-members
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         Pre-registration is required, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 500.

                                             SANC Mission Statement
           Because the earth can’t speak for itself, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center promotes an
              appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural heritage through
                         environmental education and sanctuary preservation.

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