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Learning about local birds, butterflies, fish and flora

Photo credit: Bob Haas

Blue Water Nature Series

By Tom Dennis *Published by the Times Herald, May 3rd, 2018                  

They’re back! 
“Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris, have arrived and if you want to see them up close, make sure your hummingbird feeder is filled with fresh, colorless nectar, positioned close to a window that is convenient for comfortable viewing.  This is the only hummingbird that is regularly seen in Michigan and is the only species that breeds east of the Mississippi River.” To learn more, read the full Times Herald article.

Network Volunteer Monitor Training – Blue Water  Saturday, May 12 @ 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Great Lakes Maritime Center, 51 Water St., Port Huron
Our annual Michigan Butterfly Network volunteer monitor training in the Blue Water area will be held this comingSaturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron. The free training covers monitoring protocol, butterfly identification and general “geeking out” over butterflies. It is not required that you volunteer after participating in this training.  A light lunch will be served. Please let Kirsten know if you are interested in attending ( or 810.294.4965). Deadline to register is Friday, May 11.

The first day of the Vantage Point Farmers Market is Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Come early for the butterfly training and shop!
*** Save the date! *** Our own Barb Ford will present “Blue Water Butterflies” on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium in Port Huron!

Earthworm Invasion in Northern Forest Ecosystems Wednesday, May 9 @ 12 p.m.  The Stewardship Network — webcast
Gardeners often hail earthworms as a sign of healthy soil. Did you know? In our forest ecosystems, these creatures are known as invasive species!
“The northern forests from Minnesota to New England have no native earthworms. European earthworms have invaded many of these forests, where they transform soil structure by consuming the organic horizon (aka duff layer) and compacting the A horizon. These changes in soil structure lead to alterations in nutrient and water cycles within the soil. There are many important ecological cascades emanating from these invasions, including concerns for conservation of native plant and wildlife species, losses of forest and crop productivity, facilitation of invasive plant species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, and soil and water quality.

“Our guest presenter is Lee E. Frelich, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology. You can visit our monthly webcast page here to join us and to view our webcast archives. We look forward to you joining us!” -The Stewardship Network 

Green Drinks Sarnia
Wednesday, May 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
100 Christina St. N., Sarnia

Green Drinks Sarnia is a social gathering and informal discussion of environmental issues. The gathering is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
Topic: Sarnia, the Place You Want to Be, a discussion of the city’s corporate strategic plan

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12 & Saturday, May 19 @ 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pine River Nature Center, Goodells
Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant and low maintenance landscape. Natives are naturally suited to Michigan’s climate, and save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides and watering. Plants sold individually in 2″ pots, $3 each. There is no pre-order and everything is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Plants grown from wild seed stock by Wildtype Native Plant Nursery, Mason, MI.

5-7-18 55F/13C, sunny, light breeze (5 mph/8 kmh) Thanks to 13 Stewards including Linda Hardy, Tom Pennewell, Diana Kitchen, Michael Coughlin, Judy Lindberg, Cathy Rice, Laura Baranowski and her best friend Gracie, Mike Edmondson and Karen Uhlman for tidying up the River Walk and beyond this morning! Don Rice, Ellie Banish, and Tom and Laurie Dennis also pitched in but are not in the photo.

Friends of the St. Clair River -Spring Stewardship Schedule
We offer many ways to give back to the planet, while at the same time learning about our area’s unique ecosystems and green infrastructure. Contact Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director, at or 810.294.4965 for more information.

Mondays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (year round)
River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Pick up trash, monitor nest boxes, odd jobs, restaurant stop after
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park. Meet at the arch at north entrance to River Walk

Mondays 2 – 4 p.m. (April-October)
Swale Skippers stewardship group
Weed, mulch, transplant, monitor plants & wildlife in campus Bioswales & Rain Gardens
St. Clair County Community College (SC4)
Meet in front of College Center Building

Tuesdays 10 a.m. -12 p.m. (April-October)
River Walk & Wetlands Field Days
Collect native plant seeds, weed, transplant, monitor plants & wildlife
Blue Water River Walk, Wetlands County Park & Vantage Point Gardens
Watch this e-newsletter for tasks and work areas
This week (5-8): Meet by the Vantage Point Gardens (north of the Maritime Center, 51 Water St., Port Huron). We will work on transplanting moisture-loving native plants and seedlings to a better location in the wetlands.

Red Trillium

Red Trillium is one of the many species of spring ephemerals we find blooming at Columbus County Park. Trout Lily is blooming now in a wooded area near you!

Trout Lily

Thursdays 2 – 4 p.m. (April-October)
Columbus County Park Field Days
Identify native & exotic plant species, weed, transplant, monitor plants & wildlife
Columbus County Park, 1670 Bauman Rd., Columbus
Meet at 2 p.m. at Lodge, at end of main entrance driveway
This week (5-10): Continue removal of Garlic Mustard & Dames Rocket, dig out some of the smaller Japanese Barberry plants, cut back Multiflora Rose, identify & map wildflowers. Thanks to Mary Kay Weber for coming out despite the rain last week!

Upcoming events:

Tuesday, May 8 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Field Day at Vantage Point Gardens

Wednesday, May 9 @ 12 p.m.
The Stewardship Network webcast

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
Green Drinks Sarnia

Thursday, May 10 @ 2-4 p.m.
Field Day at Columbus County Park

Saturday, May 12 @ 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Michigan Butterfly Network monitor training in Port Huron
Contact Kirsten Lyons,

Saturday, May 12 @ 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Native Plant Sale at Pine River Nature Center

Monday, May 14 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers

Monday, May 14 @ 2 – 4 p.m.
Swale Skippers stewardship group for SC4 Campus Bioswales & Rain Gardens

Tuesday, May 15 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Field Day at Blue Water River Walk

Tuesday, May 15 @ 6 p.m.
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County
Tour of Vandenbossche Farms in China Twp., followed by business meeting

Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
Friends of the St. Clair River board of directors meeting
Contact Sheri Faust,

Saturday, May 19 @ 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Native Plant Sale at Pine River Nature Center

Make plans to attend Blue Water Sturgeon Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Port Huron!

We thank our friends at Friends of the St. Clair River for sharing this valuable information with us!


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