A Reward For Our Quietest Teacher
By Elizabeth Cheek
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
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.
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.
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…
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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!
ANNUAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
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.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: LAND STEWARDSHIP
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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The Micronesian Kingﬁsher from Guam (pictured) is nearly extinct, as only 50 Nature Center
individuals exist in captivity. To help with the bird’s recovery, Dr. Haig began an
investigation into the behavioral ecology of this beautiful bird on the island of Pohnpei HOURS
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
LEVEL: Adult (414) 352-2880
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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