Wyalusing State Park Gets Naturalist Funded by Friends of Wyalusing

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Image result for becky mummAfter several years, Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du  Chien will again have a naturalist. The park is celebrating  its 100th anniversary this year  and is continually striving to  improve. 

Becky Mumm of Bloomington recently began her duties  at Wyalusing and is looking  forward to the challenges of  her new position and meeting  many of the park’s customers  this spring, summer and fall. 

“I’m just getting settled in  and getting to know the park  and everything it has to offer  as well as getting to know the  campers,” said Becky. “I would  also like any suggestions for  programs that anyone might  have.” 

Becky, 21, is a junior at UW—  Platteville and is majoring in  reclamation and environmental conservation. Some of the  programs she will have include  historical hikes, nature hikes,  birding hikes, the hummingbird banding program, a geo-  logical program, a program  about trees and plants and  native and invasive species,  and canoeing in Glenn Lake  combined with pointing out  plants, wildlife and other interesting features. Canoeing,  of course, is dependent upon  the water level and weather.

“We will definitely be getting out and enjoying the park  and putting it to full use,” she  said.  “I’m excited to have a naturalist," said Wyalusing State  Park Manager Chad Breuer.  “We do get a lot of requests for  programs." Breuer noted that  the naturalist position is made  possible by the financial generosity of the Friends of Wyalusing organization. 

“I grew up on a farm and enjoy being outside,” said Becky,  who will work weekends and  some days during the week. In  addition to working with families, she will also be working  with school groups and other  types of groups. Becky said  that groups can call the park  to set up a program they would  like to participate in. The park  office phone number is (608)  996-2261.

“I’m really looking forward  to working with the people,  the groups and the families,”  said Becky. “Our programs are  family-oriented, educational  and hands-on fun.”   

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by Ted Pennekamp