#WATWB: Goats in Service

A young goat at Thousand Island Nature Center.

During this past week, starting on June 21st, goats were hired to combat invasive plant species at the 1000 Islands Nature Center in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

You can watch a video and read more HERE.

Thousand Islands first used goats to eat invasive plants in 2018, when nine goats from Mulberry Lane Farm arrived at the center. Ridding the grounds of the invasive species allows the native plants to grow and thrive.

Read additional information from the 1000 Islands website HERE.

“While other methods of control are available, they come with risks that could result in more harm than good being done. Because of 1000 Islands’ location along the Fox River, using chemical control could contaminate the Fox River ecosystem as well as other native plant species. Mechanical control is a means of removing each plant by hand, which is both timely and costly. For these reasons, staff at 1000 Islands believe that the goats could offer an effective alternative to safely remove the invasive species.”

Today, June 25th, is the last day for the goats to grab a lunch of obnoxious weeds at 1000 Islands, but no doubt they will be back here and in other areas of the state, such as Wausau, to provide a valuable service to communities and the native landscape.


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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.” ~Belinda Witzenhausen~

If you would like to join in with posting for #WATWB or simply spread some joy on Facebook or Twitter, please click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. You can go HERE to be part of the #WATWB Community Facebook page, where monthly posts congregate for your reading pleasure.

The June post falls on Friday, 25th, 2021 – Sylvia McGrath (https://www.professorowlsbookcorner.com ) and Belinda Witzehausen (https://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com/) will be co-hosting.

24 responses to #WATWB: Goats in Service

  1. Dan Antion says:

    These guys do a great job! That is so much better then spraying chemicals. I wish I could let a few loose in my neighbor’s yard.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s good for the environment to be smart about this, and it’s fun for the kids and adults to watch the goats at work.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s really a great cost and labor saving way to get rid of the invasive plants and so fun to watch them work.

  2. Lizbeth Hartz says:

    A more positive take on the saying “Get your goat!” How fabulous to use goats rather than chemicals! I wish I could bring them in to do my yardwork! Thanks for sharing this neat story.

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