This fall, ISN is pleased to offer two workshops in addition to our annual invasive shrub removal days. Held in Grand Traverse and Benzie counties, these workshops will focus on the best techniques for identifying invasive species commonly found in this region. Participants will also learn about management options available – with a focus on the typical landowner. ISN staff will present on both subjects and be available to answer any questions you may have. Following the one-hour workshop, we will venture outside to a neighboring natural area. Here, we will get an opportunity to practice our new ID skills while searching for and removing invasive shrubs.
In Manistee and Leelanau Counties, workbees will resemble those in years past. Please meet at the designated site and from there, after a brief orientation, we will head out on the trail and start tackling invasive species!
For all workbees, please plan to bring work gloves and hand tools that may be useful in removing shrubs. Loppers and hand-saws are recommended. If you prefer lighter work, there may also be the opportunity to remove berries from mature plants (to prevent their spread). Catered refreshments will be provided for all to enjoy after our hard work! Please RSVP to ISN Outreach Specialist, Emily Cook at (231)941-0960 x20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up by visiting this site. We look forward to seeing you!
Manistee County Woody Invasives Workbee
When: Friday, September 9 — 10:00am-noon
Where: Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
About: Join us to remove woody invasives from the beautiful Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary in Manistee County. We will be targeting species like Japanese barberry, autumn olive, and honeysuckle.
Grand Traverse County Woody Invasives Workshop and Bee
When: Saturday, September 10 — 9:00am-11:30am
Where: Boardman River Nature Center
About: Both the workshop and shrub removal will take place at the Boardman River Nature Center.
Leelanau County Woody Invasives Workbee
When: Friday, September 23 — 10:00am-noon
Where: Clay Cliffs Natural Area, Leland
About: Join ISN and the Leelanau Conservancy to remove woody invasives from the beautiful Clay Cliffs Natural Area in Leelanau County. We will be targeting species like buckthorn, autumn olive, and honeysuckle.
Benzie County Woody Invasives Workshop and Bee
When: Saturday, September 24 — 9:00am-11:30
Where: Grow Benzie and Railroad Point Natural Area
About: Meet at Grow Benzie for the workshop portion. After, we will carpool across the road to Railroad Point Natural Area for the ID hike and shrub removal.
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