Friday, June 24, 2011

A Little Drier?

Today, youth from the Second Chance Academy helped distribute gravel on the low, wet area near the Brookside Subdivision. School field trips use this section to get to Gahagan Preserve. The heavy rains this spring made this section impassable much of the time. Today, it became a bit better.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Good Wildflower News

Gahagan Preserve has three areas dedicated to wildflower plantings. This is addition to the 60-acres of forest undergrowth with wildflowers that come naturally.

The three areas of plantings are at the Maplehurst parking lot , the butterfly garden installed in front of the cabin and the septic/drain field area behind the cabin. The later area was seeded two years ago by Tom Zeneberg using the wildflower seed packets offered by the Crawford-Roscommon Conservation District. This year the flowers have become well established.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wildflower Vandalism

Over the passed years Julie Borak has contributed much time and talent creating a wildflower garden at the Gahagan Nature Preserve. It has flourished recently and not without notice. This spring someone apparently decided that a number of the plants would look great in their yard. They left you with some wonderful shovel holes to look at.
The last few years we have put on special programs at Gahagan to educate the public about growing wildflower gardens. It is too bad some still choose to take the short cut. The young are often singled out for vandalism. In this case one would guess that it was somebody considered "mature."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Water High During 6th River Day

The volunteers were out today collect bugs from the AuSable during the sixth data collection day of the Upper AuSable River Watershed Water Quality Project. The rains of this spring made for high water making some of the collection spots pretty tricky. After meeting at the Kirtland College lab to organize, it was off to the river. Species identification will start at 4PM on Wednesday at the college lab.