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“Friends of the St. Clair River” offer a ton of Spring Opportunities

Friends of the St. Clair River
Sustainable Landscapes: Rain Gardens
Wednesday, March 28 @ 6 p.m.
St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

We will continue our free educational speaker series with “Sustainable Home Landscapes with Rain Gardens” presented by Sheri Faust, Environmental Health Educator for the St. Clair County Health Department. The event is free and registration is not required.

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This family- friendly presentation lasts 45 minutes and meets at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron.

Sheri will discuss how to properly locate, choose the right plants and plan for maintenance needs to get your landscape ready for spring showers!

Stewardship Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 28 @ 7 p.m.
St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful variety of local expert volunteers and learners (we call them “Stewards”) who give back to our organization and our community. Many of these fine folks participate in our stewardship steering committee, which meets the fourth evening of each month to guide how we put our ideas into action to benefit our habitats and watershed! This month’s meeting will focus on refining our 2018 work plans for our expanded stewardship sites and projects.

Stewardship season starts next week already!
We’ll begin our hands-on field work at Blue Water River Walk, Wetlands County Park, St. Clair County Community College (SC4) Bioswales, Columbus County Park and more in coming days. Want to be a sidewalk supervisor, keep your mind sharp or get your hands dirty on any of these projects? Let Kirsten know at stewardship@scriver.org or 810.294.4965.

Blue Water Nature Series
By Tom Dennis for the Times Herald

Another sure sign of spring is the return of the Common Grackle, usually whole flocks of them! You might have watched these iridescent black birds with a bright yellow eyes in your yard, and you’ve probably wanted to learn more about them. Read up on these interesting Feathered Friends.

Beeginning to take shape
This spring a pollinator (or bee) “hotel” will be added to the Blue Water River Walk to attract solitary native bees to nest there and allow us to study them more closely. There are at least 465 bee species in Michigan, but only a few are of the tunnel-nesting species that might be willing to lay eggs in the new hotel. These species are very docile, they do not swarm and are unlikely to sting unless roughly handled.  Steward Roy Churchill is leading the design and building the hotel, using this great guide from MSU Extension. We’ll keep you posted on our new wildlife guests as they move in.

Nest Box Monitoring
We’ve also begun monitoring nest boxes on the River Walk again. We do this to encourage and study nesting of native species like Tree Swallows and to discourage non-native species, like House Sparrows, from harming or outcompeting native species. Join us for our Monday River Walks to learn more about this citizen science activity.

3-26-18 43F/6C, sunny, moderate breeze (18 mph/30 kmh) Thanks to 17 Stewards squinting in today’s bright sunshine as they tidied up the Blue Water River Walk and Wetlands County Park! Tom Pennewell (not pictured), Janet Hazzard and her furry friend Cinder, David Hastings, Diana Kitchen, Don Rice, Holly Cross, Ellie Banish, Nanette Meier, Les Luther, Judy Lindberg, Mark Harrison, Karen Uhlman, Mike Edmondson, Cathy Rice, Roy Churchill, Peggy Churchill, and Mike St. Pierre.

 

Join us every Monday at 10 a.m. for our weekly walk, starting from the arch at the north entrance to Blue Water River Walk in Port Huron.

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 28 @ 6 p.m.
Friends of the St. Clair River Presents
Sustainable Landscapes: Rain Gardens
St. Clair County Administration Building
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron
Stewardship steering committee meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 @ 10 a.m.
Egg Hunt & Cleanup
Blue Water River Walk, Port Huron
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Saturday, March 31 @ 1 p.m.
FUNdraiser Clay Class
Studio 1219, 1219 Military St., Port Huron
Sign up here!

Monday, April 2 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Tuesday, April 3 @ 10 a.m.
Field Days Begin at Blue Water River Walk and Wetlands County Park!
For this first session, meet at River Rats Club at 10 a.m. for an interactive discussion and presentation on weeds and wildflowers we’ve wrangled with!

Wednesday, April 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
Green Drinks Blue Water
Casey’s Port Huron, 628 Huron Ave.
Topic: Tips for Eco Traveling

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