Aquatic Invasive Animal Training
Aug
19
8:00am 8:00am

Aquatic Invasive Animal Training

Over 180 aquatic invasive species from around the world have established breeding populations in the Great Lakes Basin.  Many of these species have had significant impacts on the environmental and economic health of the region.  Participants will learn about the far-reaching effects these invaders have caused as well as how to identify several of these invasive species that are spreading through the inland waters of West Michigan by Dr. Dan O’Keefe, with Michigan Sea Grants.   This class will also feature a field portion to help participants locate and sample likely habitants for these invaders.

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14th Annual Mayor's Grand River Cleanup
Sep
9
8:30am 8:30am

14th Annual Mayor's Grand River Cleanup

  • 6th street brdige park grand rapids, MI 49503 USA (map)
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This event will be hosted by WMEAC on September 9th, 2017 from 8:30am until 1pm! There will be a small breakfast available before the event and a light lunch after the event. Live music will be provided during lunch!

This year, as an exciting addition to the cleanup, WMEAC is partnering with the SEEDS of promise neighborhood in collaboration with their Environmental Impact Team to pick up litter along road sides and storm drains in a proactive attempt to pick up trash before it enters into our beautiful Grand River!

Register here

Schedule: 

8:30am – 9am : Volunteer Check In and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 : Welcoming Remarks
9:15 – 9:30: Load up buses
9:30 – 11:00 – Clean up the Grand River!
11:00 – 11:30 – Travel back to 6th Street Park
11:30 – 1pm – Lunch is served! Founders beer for those 21+.

*All cold cups, coffee cups and lids, plates, napkins, food, etc. at this event are compostable materials. There will be labeled Recycle Box Bins around the event for compost, recycling, landfill and returnables. Members of our Headquarters Team will be there to assist you, but please do your part by reusing materials and appropriately disposing of waste to help us keep this a sustainable event – especially since our goal is to keep our watersheds free of trash!*

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Fens and Bogs: Hydrology, Biology and Ecological Restoration
Sep
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Fens and Bogs: Hydrology, Biology and Ecological Restoration

  • Lamberton Lake Fen Nature Preserve (map)
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Nature enthusiasts will get an in-depth, firsthand look at the unique hydrology and biology of bogs and fens and learn why these are among our most biodiverse natural areas. Justin Heslinga, Stewardship Director with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, will lead participants on a moderately-difficult hike through these wetland habitats to expose participants to the techniques used to protect and restore these important ecosystems. Plants, animals and other natural features will be identified along the way. Please note: The entire 3-hour workshop will be held outdoors rain or shine.

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Invasive Species Management Course
Sep
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Invasive Species Management Course

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

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Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Save our Local Farms, Save our Local Food Conference
Oct
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

Save our Local Farms, Save our Local Food Conference

The Concerned Citizens for Local Farms and Food is a cross-section of our community in Kent County, focusing on the protection and growth of local farms to provide our local food. The group is hosting a meeting at Blandford Nature Center on October 4 from 1-5pm. The meeting will bring people together to find a way to stop the loss of up to 2,500 acres per year (up to 7 acres/day) of prime farmland in Kent County.  Kent County has lost over 72,000 acres of farmland since 1978. Every year, Kent County loses up to 2,500 acres of farmland. That's seven acres per day. In total, 72,507 acres of precious, food-producing land have been lost to development since 1978. The Farmland Preservation Committee is working to prevent this loss, and put the power of the community behind resources that Kent County doesn't notice until they're gone. Join us at the Blandford Nature Center to hear from experts about why Kent County is losing farms and the possible funding options available to save them, and help us decide which approach is best for the County, your role in preserving these resources, and where to go from here. Be an ally for the preservation of our farmland today!

Given that Kent County agriculture gives to us every day, putting food on our tables and over two hundred million dollars into our local economy, in what ways can we protect it?  Who will grow our food?

These are the questions we will explore on October 4 and we want you at the table.  We hope this will be the beginning of a movement that will have empowering and resounding effects throughout the community. Farmland is a resource that we, especially in Kent County, cannot do without. You, as an ally, are an essential part of helping preserve our resources. Any other potential allies or contacts that you could bring to the table would do amazing things for our cause. Attached for your use is a short overview of the project and some materials to help get the word out about the event.  You can RSVP to the event for yourself and your colleagues at the link below, or respond with an RSVP to the group’s Facebook page. Thank you for being an important ally in our effort to save local farms and food.

Register free here

Read about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) here

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Butterfly Network Field Trip
Aug
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Butterfly Network Field Trip

Hosted by Kalamazoo Nature Center and Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

Thursday, August 17, 2-5 pm
(if carpooling from KNC, meet at Sundial in main parking lot at 12:15 pm)

Fee: KNC Members $15, Non-Members $20  
REGISTER HERE.        

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a nature center, environmental education center, and a biological field station located on 742 acres in Barry County. The central parcel of 553 acres is home to a great diversity of ecosystems including prairie fen, old and young growth forests, mesic prairie and savanna, as well as open water bodies. 

Butterfly possibilities include: Coral Hairstreak, Banded Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, Silver-bordered Fritillary, and Milbert’s Tortoiseshell

Join biologists from the Michigan Butterfly Network in an exploration of the bountiful species of butterflies that reside in the Institute's natural areas. On a guided hike, attendees will use guide books, binoculars, and nets to accurately identify butterflies. No experience is necessary to partcipate, and all ages are welcome! Some physical activity is required. Sign up for the program at michiganbutterfly.org. 

Institute or Kalamazoo Nature Center Members $15 I Non-Members $20

Cancellation Policy: For cancellation prior to the event's deadline, a $5 processing fee per registrant will be retained by the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Between registration deadline and the day of program, a 25% processing fee per registrant, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC. No refunds the day of event or after.

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4th Annual Buck Creek Clean Up
Aug
5
8:00am 8:00am

4th Annual Buck Creek Clean Up

Give the watershed some TLC!

Join us to clean up trash in Buck Creek throughout Grandville and Wyoming. Orientation, light breakfast and gloves provided. Bring reusable water bottle, (stainless steel is chemical free), bug spray, and closed toe shoes/waders. Supervised children are welcome.

Walk in or preregister at
http://www.swmtu.org/conservation/buck-creek-clean-up-august-5

8:00 AM
– Volunteers arrive at Lemery Park (4050 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming) for check-in. Once you are checked in you will be assigned a number and a team to work with for the day. You will receive a map of your section along the creek, t-shirt, gloves and garbage collection bag. Each “team” will have one guide/leader for the day who will help answer any questions and provide guidance to volunteers. Coffee and baked goods provided by Biggby, Steenstra’s, and Marge’s Donut Den.

8:30 AM
-Instructions, team photo, and send-off of volunteers

11:00am – 12:00pm
– Volunteers lunch provided at Osgood’s Brewing in Grandville (4051 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville)

What to Wear/Bring:
1. Comfortable shoes (ones that you don’t mind getting wet/dirty!)
2. Layered clothing long shirt and pants recommended
3. Bug Spray
4. Reusable Water Bottle
5. Waders (if you have them)

Please call or contact Pete Miller if more information is needed or questions arise (517) 420-4003 or peterbmiller9@gmail.com.

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek Watershed Meeting
Jul
31
4:00pm 4:00pm

Friends of Indian Mill Creek Watershed Meeting

Please join us for the Friends of Indian Mill Creek Watershed meeting to learn more about how you can help to restore the Creek to the healthy coldwater trout stream it once was. A few short presentations will provide updates on some of the activities that the watershed partners are working on and explain more about how you can be a part of Indian Mill Creek's recovery.

To learn more about Indian Mill Creek visit http://www.lgrow.org/watershed/indianmillcreek/about

More details to come...

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Wetland Restoration Learning Experience
Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

Wetland Restoration Learning Experience

  • Muskegon Community College Stevenson Center for Higher Education Room #1218 (map)
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Wetland Restoration Registration

Saturday, July 29

Brian Majka, with GEI Consultants of Michigan, will introduce people to the importance of wetlands and how we can restore this valuable habitat through classroom instruction and field visits to a variety of wetland restoration projects currently underway in Muskegon County. Following the classroom portion, participants will travel to a variety of wetland restoration projects in various stages of completion to better understand the process.

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