Stop back often to learn what projects Hunt Hill is currently working on or has planned.
Download our Priority Projects 2017 list to see what projects we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year.
New Bird Feeders: Thanks to the support of David Nelson and Mark Johnson Sr of Rice Lake Weighing, we were able to create two heavy duty bird feeding systems to allow for year round bird feeding and watching. One of the feeders is located between the barn and lower parking lot and the other is located between the farmhouse and shower house, near the circle of benches.
Painted Chicken Coop: Thanks to the generous donation of LP Siding and the help of many wonderful volunteers led by board member, Tom V, we were able to stabilize and reside the chicken coop last fall. This spring, we completed the painting of the coop and it looks beautiful!
New Program Learning Center Doors: With more public programs being offered year round, the facilities committee wanted to add another exit, specifically to help with access in the winter when the garage doors could not be opened. The new door offers easier accessibility into and out of the learning center as well as another exit. In addition to an upstairs exit, a door was also installed in the lower level of the garage for maintenance staff.
Updated Signs: In May we installed a new double-sided entrance sign. This new sign reminds people that the public is welcome, has our website and encourages everyone to visit again. In June we were also able to move the Hunt Hill sign at the corner of Highway M and Audubon Road out of the woods and closer to the intersection, while still being respectful of the vision triangle.
On September 22, the Town of Long Lake removed half of a dump truck full of debris that was plugging the culvert on Audubon Road.
In August work began to stabilize and reside the chicken coop storage building. The coop was beginning to sag in the roof, so pillars were added for support. The old siding has been removed from the coop, rotten boards have been replaced and leftover smartsiding from the farmhouse project was also put up. Painting will take place this fall.
In July 2016 our RCMS campers helped us install a beaver baffle into the dam near Heron Point. The baffle features a 15″ culvert with fencing around each end inserted into the dam. This baffle allows water to pass through the dam while preventing, or at least making it harder for the beaver to stop the flow.
With the dedicated help from board members, volunteers and summer staff, the farmhouse painting project has been completed! The addition of foam insulation and new smartsiding should make the farmhouse more energy efficient AND, it looks beautiful.
In addition to the donation of smartsiding to fix the farmhouse and chicken coop, Hunt Hill received a $4,000 grant to support youth programming from LP Building Products. THANK YOU to LP Building Products, Hayward Plant, for an incredible year of support.
A big thank you to John and Steve King for volunteering time this summer to help the raptors and plants of Hunt Hill. In July, five Kestrel/Owl houses were installed around Hunt Hill. These houses can be found: behind the log cabin on the Frances Andrews trail, Hunt Hill Rd. just south of the Red Oak Trail, near Heron Point in the prairie, near the Red Shed across Audubon Road, and near the Hunt Hill sign on Highway M. The guys also spent time removing the invasive foxglove from Hunt Hill Road.
Thanks to board member Tom Vonasek and an incredible crew of hardworking volunteers the farmhouse re-insulation and new siding installation was completed on May 13. Volunteers are being assembled and we hope to finish painting the farmhouse by the end of July. A special thanks to LP Building Products for their donation of siding.
Thanks to an amazing donation from LP Building Products, we have been able to complete a long standing siding project of the farmhouse. As of April 12, the old siding has been removed from the farmhouse! Rotten boards will be replaced, insulation will be added, new smartsiding will be applied and it will get a fresh coat of paint in the weeks ahead (but don’t worry, it will maintain the rustic look we’ve come to love). We are thankful to our facilities chair, Gary E for securing such a great donation for us!
In the fall of 2015, 3 microgreenhouses were installed behind Square Dorm to monitor the subnivium layer in the winter. This is a 3 year projects and the greenhouses will remain up during that time. To learn more, check out Peering into the Secret World of Life Beneath Winter Snows.
After a long wait, FOHHAS has completed reshingling of the Cross Dorm and Barn. The barn received a completely new roof with plywood base. These projects will ensure the health of our buildings into the future.
After consulting with the WDNR and a prairie restoration specialist, the board decided to protect our prairie and the creatures that call it home by actively managing this area of Hunt Hill. In years past the prairie had been managed from succession by fire. However, it would often be too many years between fires and when there was a burn, it would rarely get hot enough to kill off the encroaching woody plants. So, in October 2015, a fecon was brought in to mechanically remove the woody vegetation that were overtaking the prairie. By mechanically removing the plants, we were able to avoid the widespread use of herbicides in our effort to control the forests’ progression. We recognize that removal of the trees in the prairie will impact some of the bird species that were here in the past, but know that this will make an overall more suitable habitat for the long term.
The Long Dorm finally got a new roof! Through a certainteed warranty issue, we received some reimbursement for shingles that allowed us to reshingle the Long Dorm. The new roof will help protect our historic buildings well into the future.
New Pavement and Ramp: A paved walkway to Cross Dorm and the Showerhouse was completed thanks to a donation by Monarch paving of blacktop and volunteer time by board member Tom Vonasek and his team. In addition, we were able to add a handicap accessible ramp to Cross Dorm. The completion of the walkway and ramp perfectly lined up with a group visit from Ventures Unlimited participants.