Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year from Jim Brandenburg and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation 

Happy New Year!

With just hours left of 2011, the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation would like to ask one final time for your help in saving the vanishing prairie. 

The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation has little to no expenses, 100% of your donation would be used for maintaining Touch the Sky Prairie or purchasing additional land to add to Touch the Sky Prairie. If you were planning on giving before the end of the year, would please consider giving to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation?

Did you know?  Over 120 species of native grasses and forbes have been identified on Touch the Sky Prairie, including federally threatened and endangered species.

Rare sightings:
  • Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
  • Topeka Shiner
  • Pygmy Weed
  • Mud Plantain
  • Water Starwort

Your gift would help us continue to preserve this precious area.

Donate Now


Thank you for your interest in the beautiful tallgrass prairie. We wish you a new year full of peace and joy.

Monday, November 21, 2011

We are moving!!

We are so excited to announce that there is a beautiful new Brandenburg Prairie Foundation website and blog! We will be posting all upcoming news and images here, http://jimbrandenburg.com/bpf/blog/, so please swing by and visit our new online home. Thank you!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Great Minnesota Give Together


Dedication Ceremony - Touch the Sky Prairie


Is there any other state that could raise nearly $13.5 million 
for non-profits in one day?

Thank you, Minnesota. 

We are especially touched by those who donated to 
the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Wednesday is Give to the Max Day!!




Minnesota: the land of lakes, proudly boasting the first canned ham, the first bus line, and the first open heart surgery; home to the nation's largest urban sculpture garden, the artist formally known as Prince, and the United States Lutefisk capital. It is among the safest and coldest states in the nation. But did you know that Minnesota also happens to be one of the most generous states?  

Last year, more than 42,000 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave over $10 million to Minnesota charities in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. Together, we have the power to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits. The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation, with GiveMN.org - a first-of-its-kind giving website for nonprofits in Minnesota - is working to create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota. 

GiveMN's Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways:
  • Win a Golden Ticket! $1,000 will be given to a random donor's charity every hour. You could be that donor!
  • Put us on the Leader Board!$15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 prize grants will be awarded to the top three nonprofit organizations (colleges and universities excluded) which receive the most dollars in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day.
  • $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 prize grants will be awarded to the top three small nonprofit organizations - with budgets under $750,000 - which receive the most dollars on Give to the Max Day.
  • $15,000 and $5,000 prize grants will be awarded to the top two Minnesota colleges or universities which receive the most dollars on Give to the Max Day.

What is GiveMN?
GiveMN.org is the smart way for you to discover, support and engage with the charities that are right for you. The online giving platform allows you to easily find organizations that match your giving goals, support them through secure credit or debit card donations, receive automated tax deductible receipts through email, and conveniently track and record your donations in a single online location. You can now also fundraise for your favorite causes-like us!-on GiveMN too by creating a fundraiser page.

Please consider kicking off this season of giving by Giving to the Max on November 16!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kiosk Dedication at Touch the Sky Prairie




The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation will unveil three new informational kiosks at the Touch the Sky Prairie Unit of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10am.  This event is free and open to the public.  The brief dedication ceremony will be highlighted by Jim Brandenburg who will talk about Touch the Sky Prairie, how prairie has been an integral part of his personal and professional life, and how that lead to the establishment of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation.  Following the brief ceremony coffee and cookies will be available. and attendees will have a chance to explore the prairie with Jim and Judy Brandenburg, Foundation Board members and Fish and Wildlife Service staff.


To reach the dedication site from the city of Luverne, travel north on Highway 75 about 4.5 miles.  Turn left (or west) on 171st. St. and follow about 2 ¾ miles.  At the top of the hill is a parking area for visitors.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Spring!

Spring is happening on the prairie!  Don't forget to add Touch the Sky Prairie to your summer travel plans.  When you arrive in Luverne, Minnesota, stop by the Brandenburg Gallery for directions to the prairie.  And, we encourage you to post your photos of Touch the Sky.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thank You!



Yesterday was GiveMN's Give to the Max Day and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation received 18 donations totaling $620!  Thank you to everyone that took part in this wonderful gifting event.  Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help us to acquire and maintain the vanishing tallgrass prairie in southwest Minnesota.

Give to the Max Day brought in over 42,000 donations and over $9.3 million to Minnesota non-profits making this the biggest day in giving ever!  Too see the other non-profits that benefited from Give to the Max Day, please visit www.givemn.org.

If you missed the opportunity to take part in Give to the Max Day, we invite you to donate to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation at anytime by clicking on the donate button on our website or blog.

Thank you for your generosity!





Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today is Give to the Max Day!




What if you could help us win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks? Today, Give to the Max Day, you can.

Last year, more than 38,000 donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave over $14 million to more than 3,000 Minnesota charities and nonprofits in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. This year, the goal is to beat the record by engaging 40,000 donors during the second annual Give to the Max Day on November 16.

GiveMN's Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways. First, a $1,000 "Golden Ticket" will be given to a random donor's charity every hour. You could be that donor! Also, your donation today, could put us on the leader board to win $10,000 or even $20,000 for the most number of donors for our nonprofit! Help us get "on the board" by visiting the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation's page at GiveMN.

If you were already considering making a donation to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation this year, please do so on Give to the Max Day today!

Thank you for your continued support of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. Your donations will help us acquire and maintain the vanishing tallgrass prairie in southwestern Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Prairie Fringed Orchids Discovered on Touch the Sky Prairie


Jim Brandenburg marvels at the discovery of eight federally threatened prairie fringed orchids on the 1,000-acre Touch The Sky Prairie preserve Saturday morning northwest of Luverne, Minnesota. (photo ©Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Touch the Sky Prairie has Grown!

We are so proud to announce the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently purchased an adjoining parcel of land to add to 'Touch the Sky Prairie'  Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.  This brings Touch the Sky Prairie to nearly 1000 acres!   There might be another announcement coming soon so keep checking back.




We would also like to introduce two of our Brandenburg Prairie Foundation board members.  Randy Creeger and Dave Smith of Luverne, Mn.  Jim has known them since their high school days at Luverne.  Randy and Dave have done a lot of the crucial heavy lifting in our foundation's preservation attempts.  This photo was made on the east end of Touch the Sky Prairie while watching  a beautiful sunset on the prairie.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Images from Touch the Sky Prairie

Jim and Judy spent the last several weeks at Touch the Sky Prairie, enjoy the beautiful images. To see more images of the Minnesota prairie, please visit Jim Brandenburg's blog

Touch the Sky Prairie

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today Only!


iGive will give Brandenburg Prairie Foundation one dollar for each person who joins iGive (for the
first time) using the special link below and who visits a store via iGive.com.  The challenge
officially starts at noon, February 24, 2010 (Chicago time) and ends at noon, February 25, 2010
(or when we've given away $5,000, whichever comes first.) 

It's a bit of race -- that $5,000 limit is for all causes, not just Brandenburg Prairie
Foundation.  So, when iGive gets 5,000 new members from all causes that are participating, the
challenge is over.

This is the link:
    http://www.igive.com/welcome/warm_reg_promo.cfm?c=28035

Joining and visitng a store is quick, free and easy for your supporters.  No purchase
necessary.

iGive is a free service which enables members to earn money for their favorite cause whenever they make an online purchase or search the web.  It's that simple...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Brandenburg Prairie Foundation receives $25,000 Grant!

We are thrilled to announce that the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the WM Foundation. This grant will help us continue our mission of preserving prairie in southwest Minnesota.  We would like to thank the WM Foundation including Mary Lee Dayton, Sally Clemen, Katherine Nielsen, Ellen Sturgis, and Elizabeth Dovydenas for this very gracious donation.

We would also like to thank the numerous donors that have helped us out over the years.  If you are interested in helping the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation restore and preserve the native prairie in SW Minnesota, please consider donating or volunteering.  Thank you!

Major Donor Levels
Blazingstar  $100,000+
Fringed Orchid  $50,000 - $99,999 
Prairie Smoke   $25,000 - $49,999
Prairie Clover    $10,000 - $24,999
Gentian  $5,000 - $9,999 
Pasque Flower  $1,000 - $4,999       
         
Major Donor’s
Blandin Foundation ~ Blazingstar
WM Foundation ~ Blazingstar
Southwest Initiative Foundation ~ Fringed Orchid
E.J. Malone Family ~ Prairie Clover
Dr. James & Patricia Lehman ~ Gentian
    In Memorial of Edward and Lillian Iverson
    In Memorial of Paul and Patricia Lehman
Public Strategy Group ~ Pasque Flower


Donors up to $1000
Tom Brakke
Jim and Florence Vance
    In Memory of Olga Brandenburg

Donors up to $500
Steve Kahlenbeck
    In Memory of  Dorothy Kahlenbeck
Anonymous
    In Memory of Edward Brandenburg
Hildegunn Hodne
Richard Minden ~ Minden Pictures
Friends and Family of Jane Souhrada
    In Memory of Jane Souhrada

Donors up to $250

Daniel Ahlquist
Pamela Sander

Donors up to $100
Christine A. Petersen
Michelle Gruber
Robert Hudnut
Richard W. Koechlein
Craig Cunningham
Michelle Doorn
Dawn Hyrman
Julie Sweitzer
Keep Okoboji Blue
Timothy Jacobson
Robert Davis
Robert Schlomann
Shane Rucker Photography
Paul West
Marybeth Block
Joseph Hommes
Margaret Meyer
Dana Nyhus Brandenburg
Wayne Reckard
Sara Eliason
Lisa Parisot
Jeff Zionis
Thomas Graves
Deborah O’Regan

A Touch the Sky Prairie Founder’s Boulder  has been placed on the prairie and many stone benches are now located along the hiking trails.  A Major Donor Plaque is currently on display at the Brandenburg Gallery ~ Luverne.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last chance!

It's your last chance to donate to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation before the end of 2009.  If you're interested in prairie preservation and education, please consider making a donation to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation - 100% of your donation goes directly to prairie preservation in Southwest Minnesota.  Just click on the donate now button on this page.

Thank you to our wonderful donors, we could not continue our mission without your help. 

We have some very exciting news coming up, watch our blog for details in the next few weeks!  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Exciting News!

The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation is listed on the nonprofit giving website http://givemn.razoo.com/

TODAY ONLY, November 17, Minnesotans will come together for the first Give to the Max Day to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits in 24 hours. Every donation made from now until 8 am CST Nov. 18 is eligible for a portion of a $500,000 match thanks to The Bush Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation. 100% of any donation that you make to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation will come directly to us, and will help us continue to preserve prairies in Southwest Minnesota.

Please click on this link  
http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Brandenburg-Prairie-Foundation  and make a donation in any amount.   It is really easy and any amount that you give is eligible for a match! We are so grateful for your support. Thank you!

P.S.    Please pass this on to anyone that might be interested!



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

News!

Touch the Sky Prairie will be included in the upcoming BBC television documentary “Life,” the sequel to the acclaimed “Planet Earth” series! The series will premier in the UK this fall, US will follow next year.  We will keep you updated on when and where it will play.

Visit the new home of the non-profit Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne at the beautiful Rock County Courthouse Square. Profits from the gallery go to the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation to continue our mission.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid found at Touch the Sky!



The very rare, federally threatened and state endangered Western Prairie Fringed Orchid has been spotted at Touch the Sky Prairie! Jim Brandenburg discovered this beautiful orchid while visiting the prairie in mid-July.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tour Scheduled for Touch the Sky Prairie

Take a tour of Touch the Sky Prairie with a representative from the Windom Wetland Management Disctrict of the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Saturday, July 18th at 3:00 pm. Meet at Touch the Sky Prairie's south parking lot at the top of the hill.

Directions from Luverne, Minnesota - Take Highway 75 four miles north to 161st St/County Road 20. Go west (left) three miles to 100th Avenue, turn north for one mile. You will come to a "T" intersection. The prairie is right in front of you. There is a parking lot to the west (left) of the "T" corner at the top of the hill.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Visiting Touch the Sky Prairie


Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public and we encourage you to visit!

Directions from Luverne, Minnesota - Take Highway 75 four miles north to 161st St/County Road 20. Go west (left) three miles to 100th Avenue, turn north for one mile. You will come to a "T" intersection. The prairie is right in front of you. There is a parking lot to the west (left) of the "T" corner at the top of the hill.

Share your experiences at Touch the Sky with us, we'd love to hear what you think!

Touch the Sky Prairie National Wildlife Refuge


Native American dedication of Touch the Sky Prairie with Luverne townspeople.


Blazing Star



Side Oats


Flower of the Hour - Fame Flower


Gentian


Big Bluestem


Anemone Carolina

Beaver Creek Falls

Bison rubbed Sioux Quartzite

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Welcome!




The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation was established in 1999 by former National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg, his wife Judy, and many dedicated supporters in Luverne, Minnesota. The foundation’s mission is to promote, preserve and expand the native prairie in southwest Minnesota. Through numerous projects, the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation educates and heightens awareness of the prairie’s irreplaceable beauty and significance. Jim’s spirit resides in the prairie - it is his childhood home and is where his career began to bloom. By establishing the Foundation, Jim has turned his passion for the prairie into a lifetime commitment.

The prairie was once the continent’s largest ecosystem; today, it has become rare and one of the most fragmented, leaving less than one percent of the original Northern Tallgrass Prairie in the upper Midwest intact. It is arguably North America’s most endangered ecosystem. Through fragmentations, ecosystems that had once relied on its geographical size for its diversity become disintegrated, causing an imbalance in the intricacies of the native environment. Aside from loss of habitat and equilibrium between predators and preys, fragmentation is responsible for inbreeding among species. In turn, inbreeding will result in weakened species that can no longer survive in an already challenged ecosystem. Although such corruption of habitat occurs very quickly, it will take generations of carefully managed restoration to reverse the damage.

The Brandenburg Prairie Foundation, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have purchased over 800 acres of untilled prairie land in Rock County, Minnesota creating the “Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.” Together, they have developed a 15-year management plan for its restoration. With time and continued effort, hundreds of native species will return – the tall grasses, the songbirds, flora and native wildlife. Their dream is to see the bison roaming “Touch the Sky Prairie” again.

If you would like to participate in permanent protection and restoration of the native prairie in southwest Minnesota, please become a member of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. To make a donation please contact the Brandenburg Gallery, Luverne, MN, toll-free 888-283-4061 or donate online at www.brandenburgprairiefoundation.org.