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Events

Community Field Trips, Volunteer Work Days, and Other Events

Apr
26
Sat
Getting Kids Outdoors Spring Kickoff @ Pond Hill Farm
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate spring with a fun afternoon of FREE kids’ outdoor activities at Pond Hill Farm: music by Blissfest, hayrides, potato sack races, scavenger hunts, trout pond, nature activities, wildlife gardening, nature hike, and more! Prizes to win and local items will be available for purchase. Bring your Passport to Adventure and enjoy spring, rain or shine.074

May
2
Fri
Explore the UP @ Birge Nature Preserve
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join LTC staff Mike Lynch for a guided outing at the Birge Preserve in Cedarville. Look down for signs and tracks of wildlife and look up for sights and sounds of abundant birdlife. Enjoy the spring air as you walk the 2 miles of trail at this 335 acre eastern UP Preserve. Please wear appropriate footwear for wet trails with potential snowy conditions. Outing will either be a hike or snowshoe depending upon conditions the week of the event. Please call or go online to register.

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May
3
Sat
Family Bird and Nature Program – Spring Migrants & River Life @ Bear River Recreation Area
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Explore the Bear River Recreation Area with expert birder Mary Trout as nature is awakening from a long winter. We’ll search for warblers, catbirds, thrushes and other returning migrants among the shrubs and trees. We’ll also check out the river for water birds, turtles, fish and other river critters and put together a nesting material hanger for you to take home for the courting birds in your neighborhood. Binoculars and field guides will be available during the event, but please bring your own if you have them. Pre-registration required. Meet at Mineral Well Park Shelter.Belted Kingfisher

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Riverine Mammal Exploration @ Andreae Nature Preserve
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore this beautiful preserve near Afton with extensive hiking trails along the Pigeon River. Learn about beaver, otter and mink activity, their river habitats, and enjoy hiking upland trails on both the Andreae Preserve and the Banwell Preserve. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking, and also bring necessary items such as bug spray, water, sunscreen etc. Please call or go online to register.otterEricBegin

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May
17
Sat
Trillium Walk @ Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join botanist and LTC volunteer Andy Reyburn on this spring hike to see the exquisite blankets of Trillium unique to northern Michigan. The woods and trails of Goodhart Farms offer outstanding wildflowers this time of year, and hopefully we will hit the peak Trillium bloom. Meet at the Lone Rock Road parking lot. Please call or go online to register.trillium

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Plant & Habitat Survey @ Offield Nature Preserve
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Volunteers are needed to help identify areas of good wildflower diversity and abundance throughout the Offield Preserve. We will document the type, location, and habitat of invasive plants as well as wildflowers with the goal of eradicating the invasive plants in the future. Please bring good hiking shoes, a gps if you own one, a water bottle and lunch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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May
24
Sat
Farm Preserve Clean-Up @ Rogers Family Homestead Preserve
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This scenic homesteading site along the Jordan River is a great place to enjoy your day and help conservation efforts at the same time. We will be removing an old farm dump and preparing trails for the upcoming hiking season. Many hands make light work! Please bring a lunch, but snacks and refreshments will be provided. Also bring your favorite work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.

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May
31
Sat
Trail Building @ Reed's Pigeon River Preserve
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join Stewardship Staff at the new Reed’s Pigeon River Preserve in Cheboygan County. This Preserve is 109 acres and includes 4,400 feet of frontage along the Pigeon River, a designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Help us create trails to the River, remove existing deer blinds, and mark our permanent trail system with new map signs. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, but please bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the Preserve’s cabin deck, overlooking the beautiful scenery. Please wear sturdy work shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.

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Knee High Naturalists: Spring Time Discoveries: Flowers, Frogs & More @ Spring Lake Park
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Spring is an exciting time to explore outdoors as nature comes alive after a long winter! This program will have your knee high naturalist experiencing nature and signs of spring by visiting discovery stations and going on a sensory hike.  They’ll use their senses, meet a real frog, learn some secrets of flowers and plant a seed to take home. Please call or go online to register.

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Jun
7
Sat
Spring Birding @ Ransom Nature Preserve
Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join the Little Traverse Conservancy and the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS) on a birding field trip at the Charles A. Ransom Nature Preserve near Charlevoix.  The preserve offers a delightful mixture of habitats, which allows it to support a wide diversity of bird species. Scarlet Tanagers and Indigo Buntings have been regular in the past.  Great-crested Flycatcher nested at this location last summer.  Rose-breasted grosbeak, various woodpeckers, various sparrows and even some warblers are all possibilities.  Plan to spend approximately two hours hiking through meadow, woods, and forest edge trails.  Darrell Lawson, current president of the PRAS, will lead the trip and help to both locate birds and explain their behavior. Please call or go online to register.Kirtland's Warbler web small

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