2017-08-10 / Outdoors

Conservancy plans hiking, workbee events


KAY CHARTER, left, of the nonprofit Saving Birds Through Habitat, based in Omena, presented District No. 7 County Commissioner Melinda Lautner, who serves on the county’s Parks & Recreation Commission, and County Board Chairman Will Bunek of District 3, a plaque designating the county Government Center campus as a certified bird habitat. A detailed study recently concluded that native plants on the campus “support healthy bird populations by producing an abundance and diversity of insects.” A similar plaque will be installed at Veronica Valley County Park in Bingham Township. Charter said plans are in place to similarly certify other government-owned properties throughout the county. KAY CHARTER, left, of the nonprofit Saving Birds Through Habitat, based in Omena, presented District No. 7 County Commissioner Melinda Lautner, who serves on the county’s Parks & Recreation Commission, and County Board Chairman Will Bunek of District 3, a plaque designating the county Government Center campus as a certified bird habitat. A detailed study recently concluded that native plants on the campus “support healthy bird populations by producing an abundance and diversity of insects.” A similar plaque will be installed at Veronica Valley County Park in Bingham Township. Charter said plans are in place to similarly certify other government-owned properties throughout the county. The Leelanau Conservancy has four events scheduled at three natural areas this month.

On Saturday a Kids Nature Hike is scheduled at the Kehl Lake Natural Area near Northport.

Parents and grandparents are invited to bring children age 6-12 out for a fun activity-based hike at 11 a.m.

Kids will be nature detectives and enjoy environmental activities as they hike around the lake.

Docents Susan Fehrenbach, Laura Paine and James Deaton will give hikers an appreciation for the finer details of nature of this wondrous natural area.

Sunscreen, bug spray and backpacks are recommended. Snack and water will be provided. The hike will last two hours.

Two different workbees are scheduled next Thursday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 19, at the DeYoung Natural Area.

Conservancy stewardship staff will led a trail building workbee on the northern parcel off Strang Road. The initial work will involved cutting back shrubs and clearing the first sections of the trail.

Participants should plan to use a variety of hand tools move brush during the two-hour bee that begins at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, a shrub removal workbee is planned at the same site.

Over the past several years Autumn Olive has gained a foothold in some areas at DeYoung. Workers will be removed the shrub and slow the spread.

Volunteers are asked t join the Conservancy for a morning of “weed wrenching” — a handle tool to help pull out the shrubs. Plan to wear boots, long sleeves and bring water and gloves.

Meet at the homestead on Cherry Bend Road and look for the signs.

Finally, on Friday, Aug. 25, the Conservancy’s Natural Area and Preserves manager Becky Hill and her sons Fen and Ira will lead another “Hike It Baby” walk at the Swanson Preserve in Cleveland Township.

The half-mile hike will take in the Lakeside Loop trail, which includes a new section of trail along Little Traverse Lake. The terrain is flat and the hike will be at a pace fit for toddlers and little legs.

Parents, partners, grandparents, nannies and friends are all welcome.

The group will meet at the trail kiosk and hike out at 10 a.m.

Signup is requested for all events and may be completed at the Conservancy website.

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