Little Traverse Conservancy
You Make the Difference
Our volunteers look for meaning and purpose through action. They offer their energy on cold days, expertise on challenging engineering projects, and a positive attitude when the bugs bite.
Their efforts allow us to conserve and restore landscapes and maintain miles of trails for the community to enjoy. They are the heartbeat of our mission. Your support as a volunteer will leave a lasting impact on our landscape and our community.
Ways You Can Help
Great for families, Citizen Science efforts enable us to learn what is on the land and what we are protecting. Whether you have special skills in birding, plant or wildlife identification, carpentry, or want to learn a new skill, you can get involved on your own time, in your way. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Vernal Pool Monitoring
- Forest Health Surveying
- American Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring
- Bird or Bat Surveying
- Native Seed Collecting
Or you can host a work party or BioBlitz at a preserve you love and want to take care of. Bring us your passion, ideas, family, and friends, and we can put you to work!
July 6 – 10, 2021
In a time when climate change is a concern and the natural world is changing around us, people are working together worldwide to help protect biodiversity. You can join Little Traverse Conservancy in our effort to learn more about what lives on and in our protected properties by participating in a week-long BioBlitz.
We value documenting what creatures live on and use our lands through iNaturalist, an online, crowd-sourced species identification system. Some of our preserves and reserves have very few iNaturalist observations, so we challenge you to explore those lands and help us build more biodiversity observations. Prizes will be awarded for most flora or fauna species on iNaturalist at the end of the week.
1. Pick a property to explore. Go to Little Traverse Conservancy’s iNaturalist page to see the projects for all of our properties. iNaturalist. Click ‘View More’ under ‘Leaderboard’ to scroll towards the bottom and pick a property with only a few observations.
2. Visit the property at your convenience during the week of July 6th – 10th to look for plants, fungi, insects, birds, and more to document with a photograph.
3. Take high-quality photos, the more in focus and up close, the better. If you can get some from different angles, even better.
4. Upload your photos directly using the iNaturalist app or upload them back home from your camera to the website. You don’t need to know what you saw; the community will help you out. Helpful Tutorials.
5. Repeat at a different preserve and help others identify their observations on iNaturalist.
6. Species totals will be tallied one week after the close of the event (7/17).
7. Lastly, make sure to click the “Join” button in the upper right-hand corner of Little Traverse Conservancy’s iNaturalist page to stay connected!
Our volunteers tell their stories and why they value nature, wildlife, and protecting northern Michigan.