The Knob Shelter

Located end of Wisconsin Ridge camp ground overlooking Wisconsin River.

Point Lookout Shelter

Scenic shelter at Lookout Point

Peterson Shelter

Located at Wisconsin Ridge

Green Cloud Picnic Shelter

Located near Passenger Pigeon monument.

Homestead Picnic Shelter

Located near Homestead Camgound.

Hennegar Point Shelterr

Located at farthest southern point of park.

Professor Stanley Temple Presents Passenger Pigeon Program

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Professor Emeritus Stanley Temple visited Wyalusing State Park and presented park visitors with a program about the Passenger Pigeon. Just under 25 brave souls attended the very chilly Saturday morning. (Photo left: Prof. Stanley Temple, Friends of Wyalusing president Bruce Klang, and Ranger John Moore)

Wyalusing State Park visitors listened as Temple recounted the story of the now extinct passenger pigeon –once one of of the world’s most abundant birds. Temple recounted the sobering story of the passenger pigeon and what it can tell us about the ongoing extinction crisis and the human relationship with other species.

Many visitors to Wyalusing State Park have stopped at the Passenger Pigeon Monument, where a stone monument with a bronze plaque featuring a passenger pigeon drawn by a Wisconsin bird artist Owen Gromme was designed and A.W. Schorger composed an inscription.  Members of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology  erected a monument to commemorate the 1899 death of the last passenger pigeon in Wisconsin and the 1914 extinction of the entire species. It was unveiled in 1946 and dedicated by Aldo Leopold. Paul Lawrence, the park superintendent at that time,  oversaw the construction of the monument. 

For 32 years Professor Stanley Temple occupied the faculty position once held by Aldo Leopold and while in that position earned every teaching award for which he was eligible. He and his students have worked on endangered species problems in 21 different countries, and have helped save some of the world's rarest and most endangered species, especially birds. Temple has received recognition for his work in conservation from numerous organizations, and has authored over 330 publications. He has long been interested in passenger pigeons, having analyzed historical records of the species that were first assembled by A. W. Schorger for his 1955 book on the life history and ecology of the species.

Year End Updates

October brings another fiscal year end for the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. We take this time to look back at what we have done this year as well as forward to the things we can accomplish for the park in FY 2015. Our annual general membership meeting will take place at the Peterson shelter on October 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM. It is appropriate that this is also Columbus day as we chart our course into the unknown waters of the future. I hope to see as many of you as possible at this meeting. The election of board members will will take place at this meeting. This year we have some openings, so it is a great time to let your voice be heard and become move involved in your organization. The new board of directors will meet immediately following the general meeting and appoint officers from their ranks for 2015. You are all welcome to attend.
The FOWSP continued to make strides to improve the park in 2014. With new grills for families to gather for a cookout and programming for all ages like the ever popular Smoky Birthday Bash, Spirits of Wyalusing,hikes, basket weaving cooking demos and much more. We joined the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology in the commemoration of the Passenger Pigeon and the great monument got a needed face lift. We shared our park and our passion with the larger community at events like Bald Eagle days and in partnerships with groups like the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. We worked with school groups to spark a love of nature in the next generation of park visitors. we made made improvements in your organization as well. The By-Laws were updated in 2014 to better meet the needs of the organization and the park.
But we are not stopping now. We anticipate good news any day on a Cabela's Outdoor Fund grant that would help us to provide a new play area. The endowment fund continues to grow and will one day provide sustaining funds for our efforts. We look forward not just to 2015, but ahead to the parks centennial in 2017. There is a lot to do, but with your continued support, we will do great things together.
Again, thank you all for a fabulous 2014. Please mark your calendar and attend if you can, the general meeting on MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014, 6:00 PM. There will be treats!!!
Your Friend,
Bruce L. Klang
President - Friends of Wyalusing State Park

Spirits of Wyalusing - 2014

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park invites the public on Saturday evening, September 27, 2014, for an adventure into history. The Spirits of Wyalusing Past is an annual event sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing. It begins at 7:00 PM in the Peterson Shelter. The event is free, however any vehicle entering the park will need a Wisconsin State Parks sticker. Stickers can be purchased at the park Visitor Center the day of the event.

Interesting, colorful, historical tid-bits of the area will be presented by 'Spirits of Wyalusing Past'. The spirits will be located near a 500 foot bluff, overlooking the night lights of Prairie du Chien, and the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

Participants will need to be able to walk about 0.5 miles along a path lit by torches and hand-carved, lighted pumpkins. The pathway includes a few steps. Guides will walk along with each group lending assistance when needed.

A silent auction featuring quality hand-made items will also be held during the event. Included are one-of-a-kind, hand-made quilt with photos from Wyalusing State Park.

Free refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. The Friends of Wyalusing use funds raised from the event to assist with park projects as well as the Friends of Wyalusing Endowment fund. For more information, call the park office at (609)996-2261 with questions or visit the Friends of Wyalusing web site at www.wyalusing.org. This event may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Last year's Spirits of Wyalusing Past was attended by over 250 people.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.wyalusingfriends.org or call the Park Office at (609)996-2261


*Photos from Spirits of Wyalusing Past

THE PASSENGER PIGEON'S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE*

woodcarvngPeterson Shelter

Program and  Award Winning Movie “From Billions to None”

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10:00AM- noon

Wyalusing State Park

With Professor Emeritus Stan Temple, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in North America, due to unregulated commercial hunting. Wisconsin has played a recurring and significant role in the passenger pigeon story. Learn more about the passenger pigeon, the Wisconsin connections and the lessons to be learned from the tragedy. Following a talk at the Peterson Shelter, Temple will lead a group to the park's Passenger Pigeon Monument and share the story of that famous memorial, including its connection to Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Stanley A. Temple

Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of Wisconsin and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation

Website: http://passengerpigeon.org/everyoneinvolved.html#

"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." Carl Sagan

Vehicle Park admission sticker may be purchased at park entrance

The Fall Season

The Friends of Wyalusing State park Concession Stand continues to be open each weekend.  The Concession Stand strives to stay open through Columbus Day weekend, Monday, October 13, 2014, unless the threat of freezing temps forces it to close. When the Park staff turn the water off at Wisconsin State Campground, the Concession Stand officially closes for the season.

Hours of Operation
Friday 5PM-8PM
Saturday 8AM-8PM
Sunday 8AM-2PM
 
Campers can still purchase wood and ice at the Concession Stand. In an effort to control over inventory, ice supplies will not be replenished. There is also a limited supply of candy, ice cream, soda pop, and general camper supplies. Canoes will still be available. When the Concession Stand is closed, please see the Wisconsin Ridge Campground host for wood, ice and canoe rental. In addition, the Homestead Campground host will provide wood.
 
The Concession Stand has a limited supply of T-Shirts and sweatshirts. the sweatshirt. Clothing can also be purchased at the visitor center.
 
The Spirits of Wyalusing State Park will be held on the last Saturday of September. The hours of operation for that weekend are:
 
Spirits of Wyalusing Concession Stand hours.
Friday 3PM-8PM
Saturday 8AM-6PM
Sunday 8AM-4PM

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park and the Concession Stand staff thanks all park visitors for helping to make 2014 a success. All profits from the Stand are returned to the park for special projects.