Author Archives: Laura Olah

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Consumption of Wild Edibles at Badger Discouraged

The anticipated opening of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area to the public from April 12 to May 27 is exciting news for many however, we do have one word of caution. Over CSWAB’s objections, the evaluation and assessment of the … Continue reading

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Songs of the Badger Tallgrass Prairie, Part 5

The Eastern Bluebird is among the many grassland and shrubland birds found at Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Two successful bluebird trails with more than 80 houses are carefully maintained and monitored by members of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. … Continue reading

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Songs of the Badger Tallgrass Prairie, Part 4

Documented rare species at Badger Army Ammunition Plant include the Eastern Whip-poor-will.  Made famous in folk songs, poems, and literature for their endless chanting on summer nights, Whip-poor-wills are easy to hear but hard to see. Their brindled plumage blends … Continue reading

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Songs of the Badger Tallgrass Prairie, Part 3

Nearly the entire 500-acre parcel targeted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) administration for an off-road vehicle track and gun range at Badger Army Ammunition Plant – including a parking lot, staging area, vehicle wash station and support … Continue reading

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Songs of the Badger Tallgrass Prairie, Part 2

The Henslow’s Sparrow is one of several threatened species found at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  Its population numbers have declined steadily over the past few decades, largely because of habitat loss. The U.S. population of this uncommon species declined more … Continue reading

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Songs of the Badger Tallgrass Prairie, Part 1

The Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii) is listed as a threatened bird species in Wisconsin.  It prefers dense shrubby areas within an open prairie landscape and is found at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  Photograph by Joan Gellatly.     The Badger … Continue reading

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County Postpones Comment on Badger Reuse

A county committee will wait to hear from a state agency before passing judgment on the future use of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. The Sauk County Board’s Conservation, Planning and Zoning Committee was slated Tuesday to discuss a possible … Continue reading

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Army Announces Shutdown of Groundwater Pump-and-Treat

Officials with the Wisconsin DNR said that they will be carefully monitoring groundwater data when the Army shuts down active groundwater cleanup at Badger Army Ammunition Plant later this month.  However, some residents with deeper bedrock wells believe that they … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Blocks Other Opinions at Upcoming Public Meeting

The U.S. Army at Badger Army Ammunition Plant has informed CSWAB that it is “not okay” to distribute informational handouts at an upcoming public meeting on groundwater scheduled to begin at 6 pm on December 11 at the River Arts … Continue reading

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CSWAB Responds to Groundwater Cleanup System Shutdown at Badger

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) has asked state regulators to require additional analysis and data collection in response the recent shutdown of a groundwater treatment system at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  The recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of … Continue reading