Wednesday Stewardship Workdays at Capital City Bird Sanctuary

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Michigan Audubon

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Getting rid of garlic mustard!

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors in nature? Are you into native plants, birds, butterflies, and other members of the natural community? Join Michigan Audubon at our sanctuary stewardship workdays, weekly on Wednesdays from April through October, at Capital City Bird Sanctuary! We will combine fun facts and learning basic stewardship skills by taking care of our local bird sanctuary. This little-known preserve is a great place to spot breeding Eastern Bluebird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, and Eastern Kingbird in the spring and early summer, as well as Wild Turkey, White- and Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Brown Creeper in the non-breeding season (just to name a few) so you’re sure to see some great birds while you work.

Help us protect this urban nature preserve and encourage native habitats by continually maintaining trails and nest boxes, while focusing on the removal of invasive garlic mustard and dame’s rocket from May through June followed by eradicating woody invasives such as Autumn olive and Japanese barberry from July through October.

Please come prepared for outdoor work; wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Bring leather work gloves, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen, although we will have extras on hand. This event is weather dependent. If an event is canceled, all those who RSVP will receive an email by 5 p.m. the day before.

Contact Linnea Rowse at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org or 517-580-7364 with any questions or to RSVP.

We hope to see you at the sanctuary!

The volunteer entrance is located at 6001 Delta River Dr., Lansing, MI 48906.

Important Changes to Sanctuary Workdays in Response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be limiting workdays to eight volunteers. Now more than ever, it will be important to RSVP to Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse to ensure that we do not exceed the number of people that can safely work together on a project. We will take volunteers in the order their RSVPs are received. In the event that we have more than eight volunteers show up on a workday, participants who have not RSVPed may be asked to leave. For the safety of all participants, all volunteers must follow the wellness guidelines (provided below) at all times. We hope that these additional steps will not deter potential volunteers from doing their part for birds and the habitat that they depend on.

WELLNESS GUIDELINES

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least six feet from your fellow volunteers.

Again, we encourage everyone to keep informed of developments, as this situation is rapidly evolving.

Michigan Audubon will continue to follow and adhere to recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any additional changes to our programs and activities will be posted on our website, www.michiganaudubon.org. General inquiries may be directed to Michigan Audubon at birds@michiganaudubon.org.

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About Michigan Audubon

Location:

2310 Science Pkwy, Okemos, MI 48864, US

Mission Statement

Michigan Audubon connects birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.

Description

Formed and incorporated in 1904, Michigan Audubon is the state's oldest conservation organization. Michigan Audubon's commitment to birds continues in the form of organized bird-related data collection by a community of "citizen scientists." Likewise, the organization educates thousands of bird watchers each year through a series of educational programs, events, and an annual conference. Michigan Audubon's bird sanctuary network is growing and includes thousands of acres of protected bird habitat from Jackson County to the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Currently, Michigan Audubon maintains a membership of 2000 individuals and businesses and 41 active local chapters of Michigan Audubon statewide.

Michigan Audubon protects more then 3,500 acres of important wildlife habitat in 19 sanctuaries in the upper and lower peninsulas. Rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods, and northern conifer communities are found in these protected areas. These lands not only serve as a refuge for many species of wildlife, but they also preserve a wide range of our state's valuable natural resources and are used for recreation, education, and research. Michigan Audubon is a partner in the Important Bird Areas program which identifies significant tracts of bird habitat which may need protection for the sustainability of threatened and endangered bird populations.

WHEN

Wed Apr 01, 2020 - Wed Oct 28, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

WHERE

6001 Delta River DriveLansing, MI 48906

(42.7643,-84.63512)
 

SKILLS

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Science
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Each workday is three hours long.

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