Moely Prairie Enthusiasts do presentation for Optimists
The Optimist Club was recently treated to a presentation by Paul Anderson and Amy Chamberlin. Paul retired two years ago and and since then has been a volunteer with the Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) working predominantly on Moely Prairie. Amy has been active with the Moely Prairie restoration for the past two years. She also serves on the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance Board. Moely Prairie is a 23 acre parcel tiny "hidden gem" survivor of the 13.000 acre Sauk Prairie. Named for members of the Moely family who settled in Sauk Prairie after leaving Switzerland in the 1850s, it is now owned by former resident Barbara Moely who wanted to protect her family legacy from development and gave it permanent protection through a conservation easement. Moely Prairie supports a diverse population of desirable bird species including grassland birds like the Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow. Through restoration work the hope is other grassland bird species will call the prairie home. The prairie harbors a rich array of native prairie plants including Prairie Smoke, Eastern Prickly Pear cactus, Rough Blazing Star, and American Pasqueflower, to name a few. Also native to this site are Indian, Little Blue Stem and Big Blue Stem grasses. Restoration efforts at Moely Prairie include recovering and maintaining as much of the original prairie as possible, providing habitat for grassland birds and other native animal species, providing educational opportunities for area students and the community and more.
The Optimist Club of Sauk Prairie meets on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. (noon the first Wednesday of the month) in the River Room of the Blue Spoon. New members and visitors are always welcome!