Friends in the news and Friends events - 2017
John J. Frautschi, 1929-2017
John J. Frautschi and his family's legacy in the Preserve will live on for generations to enjoy. One of the first major philanthropic gifts from the Frautschi family came in 1961 when Walter and Dorothy gave 75 acres near Verona -- designated the Jerome Jones Woods after Walter's father-in-law -- to help create the Madison School Forest. Their sons Jerry and John made a similar gift in 1988 when they bought (for $1.5 million) the heavily wooded 17 acres formerly known as Second Point, just past Picnic Point, and gave it to the UW in Walter's name. The parcel, with 1,600 feet of Lake Mendota frontage, had long been eyed by developers; its permanent conservancy extends the Lakeshore Path to four miles, from the Union Terrace to Eagle Heights Woods.
The generosity and foresight of the Frautschi family was not limited simply to purchasing the property. Understanding the need for long-term stewardship of the land and its ecosystems, their gift of the deed was accompanied by funds to create a permanent endowment. The income from that gift will contribute forever to the care and restoration of this very special place. John Frautschi was very fond of these lands and visited here.
Over many years, the Friends have worked countless volunteer hours to help rejuvenate the Frautschi Point lands and restore their natural beauty. If you walk Big Oak trail in spring you are greeted by a sea of wildflowers and grasses planted for several years. If you look for garlic mustard in the area, you will note that any regrowth is diligently removed every year. In addition four years of efforts by the Friends, planting thousands of wood flowers and grasses, will be monitored this spring for success.
Please join us in this year’s volunteer days at Frautschi Point for garlic mustard pulling with Roma Lenehan on May 7, 1-3:30 pm, and for monitoring plant diversity and abundance, May 13 and other days, with Glenda Denniston and Suzy Will-Wolf. See details here.
Bird and Nature Walk - February 26
Naturalist Brian Schneider from the Aldo Leopold Center led an easy walk on Lakeshore Preserve paths to look for winter birds and possible early migrants in the trees and on the water. UW student s of WSCB, Wisconsin Society for Conservation Biology, and 10 kids of Girl Scout troop Daisy joined the special pre-walk activities at the docent table at Picnic Point entrance. The students and scouts put together several ready to be assembled Bluebird houses, pre-cut according to BRAW specifications. Paul Noeldner started off the walk with a hearty song. Bird activity, observed on the walk, was still pretty quiet, but is was a beautiful day to be out walking. The bird list included Downy and Hairy woodpecker, White-breasted nuthatch, Red-Bellied woodpecker, Black-capped chickadee, Northern cardinal, and Herring gull. There was a campfire and hot chocolate afterward. Over forty people participated.