The actual name of this blog is January - The Month That Makes One Appreciate July! That was too long.

  • Endowment Fund Update
  • Brian Hefty - New acting Riverway Manager
  • Winter Birds
  • Campsite Changes
  • FOW Meeting

Endowment Fund

A significant milestone for the Friends of Wyalusing will occur at our February meeting.
The Friends of Wyalusing State Park will become the very first local group to establish an agency fund through the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment. Our friends group will be establishing an Acorn fund. Through this fund, our Friends group will establish long-term financial support for Wyalusing State Park.

Our friends at the Natural Resources Foundation will help us celebrate and annouce the momentous event through marketig channels as well as media outlets. They will also work with us to promote the Fund through other communications and activities. (Read more about the Endowment fund here.)

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Congratulations Brian Hefty

"At the Jaunary 8, 2009, meeting of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, Brian Hefty was introduced as the DNR's new Acting Riverway Manager. He replaces Dana White-Quam, who also served on an interim basis following the retirement of Steve Colden in 2008. Hefty has been Wyalusing State Park Superintendent since 2003 and will remain involved in park management. His new duties include coordination of DNR activitites in the Riverway and serving as liason to the board.*" The Friends of Wyalusing congratulate Brian on his new role. (Read about the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway here.) *Courier Press, January 15, 2008. (Newspaper clipping here)


If you had a live tree for the holidays, consider putting it out by your feeders. This adds a warm, protected spot for sparrows, juncos, chickadees and cardinals where they can hide from the hawks. Keep the tree at least ten feet from the feeders to prevent squirrels from using it as a launching pad to your feeders. The best food to have out now includes suet, black-oil sunflower seeds, peanuts, and Niger thistle seed. Goldfinches live in large nomadic flocks in the winter. One week you will be inundated with birds; the next your perches may be empty. Be patient and keep the feeders full of fresh seed. Black-capped chickadees will shortly begin their “spring soon” courtship call. They must know something we don’t! *reprint from Bluffs of Wyalusing

From the Desk of Bev P.

Please note: Starting with the 2009 reservation period, sites 142, 143 and 144 in the Wisconsin Ridge Campground
will change from reservable to non-reservable and sites 205, 206, and 207 will change from non-reservable to reservable.

Friends of Wyalusing February Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Wyalusing will be February 9. We will meet in the park office at 6:30 p.m. Meeting topics will include park update and the endowment fund. The park office has Friends of Wyalusing merchandise for sale, including a variety of t-shirts, sweat shirts, wildlife books and sticker books.