This spring the Friends of Wisdom Prairie learned about wildflowers at Abraham’s Woods near Albany, Wisconsin. The Friends also burned 85 acres of prairie, removed hedgerows to ready the land for an oak savanna, planted 10 acres of native prairie, searched for birds on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery and were educated about Wisconsin wildlife by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Scott Craven.
You are invited to join the Friends on one of their upcoming outings, dinner lectures, workdays and tours this summer. Help care for the earth at Holy Wisdom and learn about sustainable practices you can use where you live.
Enjoy the photos of these events taken by volunteers Mary Kay Baum and Michael Kienitz. Michael is a photojournalist who uses drones to take aerial photos for us and will document changes in the land as the restoration efforts move forward. Mary Kay’s photos document these changes from the ground.
From top left clockwise: Michael Kienitz orients drone, photo by Mary Kay Baum; Tree sparrow seen on the grounds, photo by Mary Kay Baum; Volunteers plant 10 acres of new native prairie, photo by Mary Kay Baum; Paul Noeldner (right) leads birding hike before a Wisdom Prairie Workday, staff photo; An aerial shot of the prairie burn from the drone—85 acres burned, photo by Michael Kienitz; Friends hike through spring wildflowers at Abraham’s Woods, photo by Mary Kay Baum; Friends remove a hedgerow with chainsaws, photo by Mary Kay Baum; An aerial view of the Holy Wisdom Monastery grounds with Lake Mendota in the background, photo by Michael Kienitz.