Valley Stewardship Network Annual Meeting for 2020 will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for our first virtual annual meeting!
We will be hosting our annual meeting on Zoom this year. If you would like to attend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. We’ll send you a link to the meeting. We’ll introduce you to staff and board members, talk about what we’ve been up to this year, and preview a bit of our plans to belatedly celebrate our 20th anniversary next year!
Although we won’t be having a dinner with the meeting, Rooted Spoon Culinary is offering their usual Thursday-night take-out dinner with a bit of a Valley Stewardship Network flavor. They are offering a Scandinavian meal featuring Swedish meatballs prepared from bird-friendly beef from local farmer Mastodon Valley Farm. Bird-friendly beef means that they leave some of their fields ungrazed until late July to allow grassland birds time to raise their young. Grassland bird populations are being decimated, and Valley Stewardship Network supports bird-friendly beef and hay practices.
In addition, you’ll be able to buy our Connect to Protect Your Watershed T-shirts and Valley Stewardship Network glasses with your Rooted Spoon dinner. You’ll also get links to a short video showing what VSN has been up to this year as well as links to two previous Conservation on Tap presentations – one featuring Mastodon Valley Farm and one about prairies.
To sign up for the meal, head to www.rootedspoon.com starting November 9th.
Valley Stewardship Network will be at the Viroqua Farmers Market on August 22nd and September 26, 2020
We will have our new Watershed T-shirts, glasses, and bumber stickers for sale. Come and find out which watershed you are in.
Links to videos from our 2019-2020 Conservation on Tap Season
(Not all events were videotaped.)
Wednesday, January 8: Savanna Pastures – Regenerating Earth’s Ultimate Ecosystems
Peter Allen, Mastodon Valley Farm
Oak savannas were the dominant ecosystems across much of North America including the Driftless for millions of years. Although they are now the most rare and endangered ecosystem in North America, oak savannas offer the ultimate model for productive and profitable agro-ecosystems.
Click on the link to see a video of the presentation: https://youtu.be/vRnzs7bNuho
Wednesday, March 11: Driftless Prairie, Savanna, and Woodlands-A Journey of Discovery
Armund D. Bartz, Driftless Area Ecologist-Natural Heritage Conservation, WI- DNR
Although uncommon plants dominate these types of SW Wisconsin sites, learn how and why reptiles, butterflies and moths, other invertebrates, and some birds largely depend on these sites for their survival and future existence.
Click on the link to see a video of the presentation: https://youtu.be/sv13c4NaoOw