Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Friends of SPPL Recruitment Drives News

Your Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library (SPPL) Board of Directors would like all to share in:

  • Welcoming "New" and Upgraded Friends
  • Thanking All who made Donations to the Friends of the SPPL 
  • Congratulating Winners of the Two (2) Recent Recruitment Drawings
    • Dee -- Samsung 8" Portable Tablet 3
    • Ryan -- Football Signed by Packers Head Coach
    •                                                    Mike McCarthy
These recruitment drives were well-received and enjoyed by all participants.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Upcoming Program at SPPL

The History and Ecology of Horicon Marsh

Formed by the glaciers of the last Ice Age, Horicon Marsh was a hunting ground for Native Americans for over 10,000 years.  Today, Horicon Marsh is a restored wetland hosting over 300 species of birds and attracting thousands of people interested in wildlife.  This marsh has been recognized as a "Globally Important Bird Area" and a "Wetland of International Importance."

Naturalist and frequent public radio guest Bill Volkert discusses the geology, history, wildlife and ecological concerns for maintaining the integrity of this vast wetland.

Thursday, September 4
6:30 p.m.
Sun Prairie Public Library

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library.

If you need accommodations to attend this program, please call 825-7323 two weeks in advance.
  Sun Prairie Public Library
A member of the South Central Library System

Bill Volkert worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Horicon Marsh for 27 years, where he conducted more than 3,700 education programs for over 220,000 people.  His broad audiences included 66 delegations of scientists from 43 countries who came for professional training.  In his personal time he has traveled widely in search of the world's birds and the wild places they inhabit.  His travels have taken him throughout Central and South America, across the Canadian Arctic, to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Mongolia.  Bill has been watching and studying birds for over 40 years and in his travels has sighted more than 2,500 species (1/4 of the world's birds).  To facilitate his studies he is also a federally licensed master bird bander, with the Bird Banding Laboratory of the U.S. Geological Survey. 

His work experience includes assisting experts from the Russian Natural Resources Agency (formerly Goscomecologia, Buryatia) and the Russian Academy of Sciences to further protection of Lake Baikal, located in Siberia, Russia.  From 1991 to 2004 he made 8 trips to the Republic of Buryatia to work on various projects to protect Lake Baikal and two trips to Mongolia to focus efforts on the Selenga River watershed, the largest river flowing into Lake Baikal.  Since 2002, he has worked with ornithologists and environmental educators to help develop a National Bird Conservation Education Plan for Nicaragua and continues to support bird conservation projects in the country. 

Bill and his wife Connie make their home in the northern Kettle Moraine area of east-central Wisconsin.  Here they work together to restore a series of native plant communities on their land, including an oak-hickory forest, a planted prairie community and nursery, and manage various types of wetlands.  On this land, they have now identified more than 600 species of plants and animals, including 202 species of birds. 

Bill shares his experiences and understanding of the natural world through lectures, presentations, and field trips.  He is also working on several writing projects that will give these presentations more permanence and reach an even wider public.