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Take Your Kids Fishing Saturday at the Mill Pond

The Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek are hosting a children’s fishing clinic this Saturday (tomorrow) at the Mill Pond.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with hands-on instruction around knot tying, safe use of fishing equipment and proper techniques.

Families are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, although the Friends also have poles available.

Children age 15 and under are welcome, with adult supervision for young children. Pre-registration is not required, so come on by!

Check out the press release about the fishing clinics – being held at 11 Milwaukee County Parks ponds – for more information.

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March 19: Breakfast With The Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt

Help support two great location organizations: the South Milwaukee Lions and Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse!

2016 egg hunt

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Beach Walk Saturday; Beach, Oak Creek Cleanups Also Set

Beach Walk flyer

Quick reminder about a few upcoming events in our parks …

  • First, check out the Grant Park Beach Walk Saturday night. There is a flyer above.
  • Then, on Sept. 19, it’s the beach cleanup event. Learn more here
  • And on October 10, it’s an Oak Creek cleanup. More details from the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse …

Set your calendar for Saturday October 10th, 2015 – we’ll be cleaning the Oak Creek from North Chicago Avenue west to Rawson Avenue.  (IF we have enough people we could continue to Nicholson Avenue)

We’ll be meeting at the North end of the SM High School parking lot. at 8:00 am and ending at 12:00 noon.  My car is a tan Hyundai Sonata with the license plate WUCK – this is where you’ll sign in, get a safety vest, bags, gloves and water.  Once everyone has signed in, we’ll take some pictures and give instructions.  We ask that adults be present with your groups, bring EXTRA CLOTHES, SHOES AND SOCKS in case you get wet or fall in.  We do have some boots that can be borrowed of if you have wader’s please bring them.  Milwaukee County Parts will pick up the bags along the route.

FOMP will host the luncheon at the Warming House after the cleanup.


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For The Love Of Birds, And South Milwaukee

Green Heron Bay-breasted Warbler Cape May Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler

Consider it another reason to love South Milwaukee …

Bird enthusiasts will tell you our fair city is a bird watcher’s paradise.

To celebrate our feathered friends, a first-ever “Birds of a Feather Day” has been scheduled for Sunday, May 17.

From Rita Wiskowski, local bird enthusiast (and photographer for those images of warblers above) …

Friends of the Mill Pond & Oak Creek Watercourse, along with Friends of Grant Park, Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society, and the U.S. Forest Service with the support of the City of South Milwaukee, are hosting a fun and educational event to promote the understanding and appreciation of birds and their habitat.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Warming House on the Mill Pond in South Milwaukee (the corner of Mill Road and Oak Creek Parkway). There will be activities for all ages starting with a bird walk at Grant Park at 8 am (beginning at Picnic Area 9) where birders of all levels are welcomed.

Please bring a pair of binoculars and wear comfortable hiking clothes and shoes. Starting at 9 am another bird walk led by an experienced birder and geared towards more novice birders will meet at the Mill Pond. If you don’t have binoculars for the 9 am walk, you may borrow a pair. From 10 am to noon the Warming House will be open with many fun activities and informational displays for all ages and interest levels. Please join us.

For more information visit smfomp.org or call Rita Wiskowski at (414) 766-0760 / Dona_Rita@rocketmail.com.

Birds of a Feather Day Activities

  • 8 am. Bird Walk, starting at Wil-O-Way (Picnic Area 9) at 8 am. Participants will need to bring their own binoculars. A slow and easy walk, but may last a couple of hours. Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
  • 9 am. Bird Walk, starting at the Mill Pond at 9 am. Will last an hour. A slow and easy walk. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Participants may borrow binoculars.

Warming House Activities (10 am to noon)

  • Binocular/Bird Watching Station: Participants will learn how to use binoculars to find and identify birds.
  • Bird Fact Station (Jen Ambrose will work the table): Information station on protecting birds and their habitat, birds in Wisconsin, eliminating bird hazards, etc.
  • Coloring Book Station: Bird related coloring for youngest participants.
  • Bird Olympics Station: Fun kid-friendly activities that also teach lessons about birds.
  • Owl Pellet Station: Our volunteer experts will teach participants about owls, dissect pellets, and ID the bones.
  • Vendor Table: Fun bird related items, and eco-friendly items will be for sale to help support future Birds of a Feather Days.

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Happy Easter: Pancake Breakfast, Egg Hunt Set For This Saturday, March 28

It’s becoming an Easter tradition in South Milwaukee: the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt, presented by the South Milwaukee Lions and Friends of the Mill Pond.

This year’s event is this Saturday, March 28, at the Grobschmidt Senior Center.

Breakfast runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with the egg hunt at 10:30.

The breakfast is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 5-11. Those under five are free. The egg hunt is free.

Here is the flyer.

See you there, and happy Easter!

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Park Friends Update: Beach Cleanup, Beach Walk Saturday

I got this email from Jody Johnson of the Friends of Grant Park group last week …

Hello Friends of Grant Park!

On Saturday, Sept. 15th from 9  to 11:30 a.m., Friends of Grant Park will host an Adopt-a- Beach Cleanup in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  We will meet at the lower beach parking lot just west of the beach house, and volunteers will be asked to bring back what they find to a sorting area so that we can tally the trash.  Beach Cleanup Volunteers must sign up via http://www.greatlakesadopt.org and plug in Grant Park as the location to do so.  They may contact Betsy Abert by phone or email as well:  betsyacorn@aol.com and 414-764-9244. 

Thus far, we have 19 volunteers, but considering the high level of beach use during this long hot summer, we could use many more.  We hope you will pass the word to others and invite groups or individuals to participate. Volunteers should wear long pants for protection and although gloves will be provided, please don’t hesitate to bring your favorite pair from home.

There will be ongoing Family Day activities taking place near the beach lot, including volleyball and an early evening Beach Walk sponsored by the Friends of the Mill Pond.  Lots to do on September 15th!  

On Saturday, October 6th, our Fall Weed-Out begins. We’ve located plenty of removal areas across from the golf course where the buckthorn is thick.  Meet us at 9 a.m. in the parking lot next to the tennis court. An afternoon session is also scheduled, so if the morning doesn’t work, please meet at 1 p.m. at the Tennis Courts lot.  Even an hour of dedicated removal will make a world of difference to the health of our woodlands.  Tools and gloves will be provided.  Not suitable for children.

Also, the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse are holding their annual Beach Walk and Star Gazing event on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. From the group’s Facebook page is this description: A sunset beach walk stroll along an illuminated path, campfire, s’mores for purchase, and gazing at the stars with stargazer Greg Gonia and telescopes. Fun for the whole family.

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Help Wanted: Oak Creek Cleanup Planned for Saturday Morning

Take ownership of a 4th District resource!

Friends of the Mill Pond & Oak Creek Watercourse have scheduled the fall cleanup for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The designated clean-up area is from North Chicago Avenue to Rawson Avenue.

Volunteers are needed to clean trash and debris from selected areas along the watercourse. Some of the items previously found (along with common trash) removed are: shopping carts, a plastic slide, a pay phone, tires, tire rims, crutches, bike tires, batteries, assorted balls and toys, a tricycle, fire extinguisher, jacket, container of oil, pieces of plywood and a street barricade.

Safety vests, bags, bottled water and vinyl gloves are provided to participants. Volunteers are urged to bring tall boots if they have them.

Email friendsofthemillpond@gmail.com for additional information.

It’s supposed to be a great day … and I hope to see you there. The Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse could use your help in cleaning up this South Milwaukee jewel. Bring your family and friends!

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