No registration required. Location: Connor Forestry Center
The Seasonal Round of the Ojibwe
Monday, July 15, 7:00 pm
Explore the ‘seasonal round’ of the Ojibwe people with Jonathan Gilbert of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The seasonal round refers to the resources harvested by the Ojibwe people to meet their nutritional, ceremonial, medicinal and economic needs. The Ojibwe people have been called ‘seasonally nomadic’ people who used to move around from area to area harvesting resources as they became available. In addition to describing the seasonal round of resources, we will explore the methods of harvest, the uses of these resources, the way in which they are managed and attempt to describe the importance of each in the lives of the Ojibwe. Threats to these resources will also be discussed, especially as these resources are vulnerable to climate change.
In the Kitchen with Wild Game
Monday, August 19, 7:00 pm
You do not need to be a hunter to find yourself in a position to cook or eat wild game. There may be a hunter in the family, or a friend or neighbor who hunts or you might be invited to a game dinner. Join Scott Craven, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology, for an introduction to and tips on using wild game in meal preparation. You will learn about the nutritional characteristics of common game meats, how it should be handled in the field and stored to ensure top quality, and about the many ways to prepare game. Cookbooks will be available to review, recipes shared, and you will be able to enjoy a few samples. The emphasis will be on deer (venison) and game birds but other species, as well as fish, will be
WISCONSIN INSECT FEST – July 26-27
Learn about and celebrate the diversity of Wisconsin’s insects and other arthropods with members of the UW-Madison Department of Entomology. This first-time event will feature lectures, guided activities, and The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt. Activities kick off Friday evening and continue through Saturday. A main focus of the event will be The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt—an arthropod BioBlitz activity on Saturday.
It doesn’t matter if it’s been decades since you last collected an insect or if you’re a regular insect observer—The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt offers a chance to join entomologists and fellow insect enthusiasts to see just how many different arthropods can be observed at Kemp Station in a single day. Saturday’s schedule will feature a number of educational breakout activities to supplement the BioBlitz activity. Persons of all interest levels are welcome – come for some or stay for all. More information and a detailed schedule are available here.
The “All Things Fungi” Festival – August 23 & 24
Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. Various topics will be covered, including introductory mushroom identification and the medicinal use of fungi. On Saturday morning, participants will collect from the forest of Kemp Station and discuss findings afterwards. Saturday afternoon will feature smaller group breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Persons of all interest levels are welcome. Come for some or stay for all. More information and a detailed schedule will be available here in July.
September through May at the Minocqua Brewing Company