STEWARDSHIP DAYS – 3rd Saturday of every month (except December)
The Environmental and Conservation section of the Island Stewardship Committee headed by Mebby Pearson offer Stewardship Saturdays where volunteers can help remove invasive plant species from the island.
The purpose of this task is the preservation of Belle Isle’s old growth forest by pinpointing invasive plants such as honeysuckle and privet, the primary invaders. These plants do not provide the proper nutrition for migratory birds. It’s sort of like providing “junk food” for birds. Plants like these create monocultures in the forest understory, crowding out native plants that are nutritious for birds. Ecological balance is our prime concern.
Please join us in doing work that is so needed in Belle Isle’s natural areas. It’s a small commitment; the work is not taxing; and safety is a priority. We start at 9 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Please no children under age six. All children must be supervised by an adult. Please contact the Nature Zoo for activities for small children.
2013 Saturday Stewardship Days:
December - none
Meet at the Nature Zoo Auditorium at 9:00 am Activities end at 12:00 noon
To sign up for these activities, RSVP Mebby Pearson, 248-647-7841 -email Melvadean.Pearson@gmail.com
MICHIGAN CONSERVATION STEWARDS PROGRAM – February 23 to April 29, 2013
The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is a collaborative effort among community-based volunteers, conservation organizations/agencies, and educational institutions throughout Michigan.
This collaboration provides a statewide network of dedicated, well-prepared volunteer Conservation Stewards who understand, promote, support, actively contribute to or lead significant conservation management activities on public and private lands.
These volunteers take part in informed, scientifically based conservation and resource management. Together volunteers work to sustain healthy ecosystems across Michigan.