Jan. 12: Fisher Oak Savannah Nature Preserve (link), workday. Volunteers are needed for this workday. This will include a prescribed burn. Since prairies were often subject to natural wild fires, today prescribed burns are used to re-establish the native species and control invasive species. For beginners at prescribed burns, you will be assigned to a veteran. Contact : Gus Nyberg (link) to volunteer and to make sure the workday is a go. Meet at 10 a.m. Lafayette time, figure on about an hour and fifteen drive time. (Fisher is on Chicago time).
NOTE: The Fisher Oak burn is the first of several planned for this winter. Volunteers are needed for all. If you are a novice to prescribed burns, NICHES has a buddy program to train you.
Jan. 12: INPAWS hike: Woody Winter Wonderland, 1-3 p.m. (link). Meet at the ShopCo parking lot east of Attica on SR28. (Figure 35-40 minute drive time from US 231 and SR25 intersection). Sally Weeks, Purdue dendrologist, will be at ShopCo to lead folks to her woods for this great opportunity. Sally has native trees and shrubs on her property. Pick up some tips on winter identification. For further info, contact Sally via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-404-2947.
On the winter front:
With the rain and mild weather predicted for this week, most of our snow will be gone. It is supposed to be too warm for the snow machine on the sledding hill at Murdock Park. Check with the ice rink (link) before going, as they may be closed due to warm weather.
Unpaved parts of Wabash Heritage Trail, as well as the state and county parks, will be pretty muddy. Paved trails in West Lafayette and paved portions of the Wabash Heritage Trail are open.