Leopold Legacy: January
In Wisconsin, United States
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Simple and easy to find. Go to N 43º 01.140’ W 089º 23.705’ for parking.
Note the new coordinates. The original cache was placed on private land by mistake. I had a brief discussion with a hunter who verified the property line. I offered my apologies for the misunderstanding and they were gracefully accepted. I placed a new cache well inside the boundries of the public land. If anyone locates the original cache, please place it at this location and post the find. (Shanty)
This cache is a part of the “Leopold Legacy” set. The Leopold Legacy set is a series of twelve caches all placed in Dane County Parks. Each one of these caches has a quote representing one month of Aldo Leopold’s The Sand County Almanac. At each of the sites you will find something relating to the quote at or near the geocache. Aldo Leopold was a famous Ecologist from Wisconsin, and The Sand County Almanac is his most famous book. It is a collection of short stories related to each month of the year. I decided to make this series to bring geocachers to some of the Dane County parks, and to give them a sample of some of Aldo Leopold’s writing.
The cache has been authorized and the proper permit was issued by Dick Black, Dane County Parks on July 16, 2004. I would like to acknowledge Wayne Pauly, the naturalist at Dane County Parks, for his assistance in my project.
"A rough-legged hawk comes sailing over the meadow ahead. Now he stops, hovers like a kingfisher, and then drops like a feathered bomb into the marsh. He does not rise again, so I am sure he has caught.”
Rough-legged hawks have their summer range in the artic and frequently visit southern Wisconsin at the height of winter. They are often observed in meadows and marshlands, like this area, because it resembles the habitat of the artic tundra. They feed primarily on rodents and are regularly seen hovering over a fixed location.
This cache is located in the Nine Springs E-Way. To get to this cache go to the parking coordinates N 43º 01.140’ W 089º 23.705’. Next simply follow the Bike trail until you are near the cache. On your right there will be meadow and marshland. The cache is a short distance off the trail in a small copse of willows. The route to the cache was reasonably dry, but may be a bit wet in springtime. Beware of the remenants of a barbed wire fence between the trail and the cache. The cache is a brown ammo box. Inside I have placed a few carabineers, some small dream-catchers made by me, and some small packets of seeds for Pale Purple Coneflower a threatened species in Wisconsin.
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Last Updated: on 9/12/2014 8:13:25 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:13 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum