GLC Conservation Connection
On Saturday, September 9, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes welcomed guests to the motherhouse for a Glacial Lakes Conservancy fundraising event. Attendees were treated to a discussion of biodiversity in our own backyards by Dr. Gary Casper, a nature hike focused on CSA stream health by naturalist David Kuckuk, plein air art creation by seven different artists, a raffle, and a delicious meal.
Gary Casper shared facts about the monitoring currently in progress at Willow Creek Preserve in Sheboygan and the value of recognizing what is currently in place in an environment, what is missing, and why that may be the case. This data can be used to adjust how land is managed to protect habitats of species already in place or adjust habitats to invite new species in.
In the hike immediately after Casper's talk, David Kuckuk led a small group in monitoring the macroinvertebrates in the streams that run through CSA's property. This group determined that while the streams are not pristine, they are supporting species that are only able to live in minimally polluted waters.
Other attendees spent time after the talk visiting the plein air artists that were scattered throughout the property, exploring the prairie and forest paths, or learning more about the spiritual resources on the grounds, such as hermitages or the labyrinth.
It was a day of enrichment for sisters, associates, and other guests.