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MICHIGAN BOTANICAL CLUB FIELD TRIP - FEN DIVERSITY & MANAGEMENT
Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.
Marc's Marsh Preserve, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County
Nate Fuller, SWMLC's Conservation & Stewardship Director, will lead a field trip at Marc’s Marsh Preserve, a beautiful, wildflower-filled fen just east of Kalamazoo along the south shore of Lyons Lake. Fen wildflowers peak in late summer and Marc's Marsh boasts a lengthy list that includes lesser-fringed gentian, marsh blazing-star, swamp and tufted-loosestrife, bladderwort, swamp thistle, as well as wetland goldenrods and asters. Fen management has included controlling invasive shrubs and hybrid cattails, prescribed burns, and the successful introduction of purple loosestrife beetles.
The fen will be wet with some areas several inches deep so waterproof footwear is highly recommended.
Because parking is very limited at the preserve, we will carpool to the preserve from the parking lot of the Kalamazoo Covenant Church, 5708 East Main St, at the southwest corner of East Main St. and N. 26th St. in ComstockTownship – across from Comstock High School. North 26th St. is about one-half mile east of Sprinkle Rd. The preserve is on the north side of East Main St., less than a half mile from the church. Please arrive at the church parking lot by 9:45 am.
CELEBRATE THE DEDICATION OF THE COREY LAKE - NORTH BAY PRESERVE!
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. TO 12:00 p.m.
Corey Lake - North Bay Preserve, just west of Three Rivers in Fabius Township, St. Joseph County
Please join us in celebrating the dedication of this new preserve with coffee and donuts. There will be opportunities to explore this special property and to learn more about conservation efforts at Corey Lake. We look forward to seeing you there!
From Kalamazoo, travel south on US-131. Turn right (west) onto Coon Hollow Road near Three Rivers, then travel approximately 4 miles to the preserve entrance near the intersection of Coon Hollow Road and Clear Lake Road. Visitors may park in front of the gate on the east side of Clear Lake Road.
PAAWM Paint-Outs 2015
The Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) paint outdoors in natural light twice a month, all year long. Most of their paint-outs take place on protected SWMLC properties, and you are invited to attend those held on public preserves. Paint-outs are on Saturdays. They begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. Below is a list of all paint-outs on SWMLC properties scheduled for 2015.
For more information on PAAWM, visit their website.
January 10 - Prairieville Creek Conservation Easements, Richland
February 14 - Aurohn Lake Conservation Easement, Hastings
February 28 - Bow in the Clouds Preserve, Kalamazoo
March 14 - Hidden Marsh Sanctuary, Three Rivers
March 28 - KL Avenue Nature Preserve, Kalamazoo
April 11 - Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks
April 25 - Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus
May 9 - Perry Family Farm Conservation Easement, Cloverdale
May 23 - Hidden Pond Preserve, Hastings
June 13 - Prairieville Creek Conservation Easements, Richland
June 27 - Black River Preserve, South Haven
July 11 - Ismond Conservation Easement, Otsego
August 8 - Bonamego Farms Conservation Easement, Lawrence
August 22 or 29 - Art Walk, firm date and location TBD
September 12 - Jeptha Lake Fen, Grand Junction
September 17-20 - Fall Retreat, location TBD
October 24 - Chipman Preserve, Galesburg
November 14 - Palmer Conservation Easement, Battle Creek
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