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Bog Friends Site Updated and Expanded

If you are reading this here, you probably already have figured out that The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog has a new face to present to the public on the World Wide Web. Now when you go to this site you can see in an instant why the Bog is considered to be one of the largest and most biologically interesting wetlands in southern Wisconsin. And why in 1952 it became just the second site designated a State Natural Area.

The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog) seek to make the public more aware of the Bog's uniqueness by creating opportunities to visit it. We plan projects and organize volunteer workdays for invasive species control, while seeking to improve facilities for educational and scientific programs and to support long-term monitoring and research.

Friends President Carl Schwartz said all of those goals are met by the new web site, developed by Dave Bishop, owner of Eco Web Design of Mequon, who worked with a team from the Friends' board of directors.

Bishop has created web sites for the Treasures of Oz, the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust, and the Southeast Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium.

The new Bog Friends site replaces one created at the time the Friends group was organized six years ago, but never fully developed. Taking advantage of advances in web site technology, the new site will be easier to update and has a blog as well as news stories and a calendar of events that interfaces with other Google-based calendars, including the Treasures of Oz site. It also takes advantage of Google mapping to help you find your way to the Bog from any other point.

You can even go paperless to "Join the Friends" on the site through PayPal, or make an additional donation to support the Friends efforts. Or you can contact us about volunteer opportunities. And the "Our Friends" page provides quick links to the Field Station's web site as well as those of nearby Nature Centers and conservation organizations.

Photo galleries showcase the Bog's plants, animals and landscape, as well as volunteer activities on lands owned by both the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station.

The site also includes complete species lists of the plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds of the Bog, along with an archive of the BogHaunter newsletters from 2006 to 2010.

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