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Eco-Stewardship Work Day and Wildflower Walk

Join Friends of the St. Clair River for their Eco-Stewardship Work Day and Wildflower Walk on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m at Columbus County Park. The day will start with exploration of the abundance of spring wildflowers and woodland habitats, and come together at the end to remove Garlic Mustard from the park’s high quality natural areas. Enjoy this free, family-friendly volunteering opportunity while giving back to our parks and planet.

The eco-stewardship work focuses on habitat restoration and removal of invasive species to help resident’s’ understanding of forested ecosystems, stewardship, and monitoring. Local naturalist and wildflower enthusiast, Mary Kay Weber, will lead the guided hike and discuss how native species support a thriving ecosystem, how these plants have adapted to life on the forest floor, and how invasive species threaten the ecosystem.

Mary Kay Weber said, “I’m excited to provide education as a major focus of this day as we identify plants growing in our backyards, schools or parks and how these plants and our efforts can directly impact our surrounding environment.”

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“This event offers our community a hands-on way to learn about local ecosystems, control invasive plants, track sensitive species, and implement restoration techniques using our staff and cadre of stewardship volunteers”, said Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director. “The spring ephemeral wildflowers of Columbus County Park are indicators of a beautiful and diverse forested habitat. When we find invasive species moving into these areas, we act quickly to ensure their harmful impacts are minimized.”

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Bring work gloves, digging tools (optional), water and snacks. Insect repellant, long pants, closed-toed shoes, and socks are recommended. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Sponsorship of this event is provided by the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). For more information or to register, contact Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director for Friends of the St. Clair River, at stewardship@scriver.org or (810) 294-4965.

Friends of the St. Clair River is Michigan’s Thumb Coast environmental non-profit committed to inspiring citizen action through stewardship, monitoring and education to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds. Visit them at www.scriver.org and “Friends of the St. Clair River” on social.

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