Field trip, plant inventory days, and seeds for April 14th

Three separate items:

First, how about a field trip Sunday May 6th? I'm not certain with the our unusual weather that we'll catch all the ephemerals that should normally be blooming this time of year, but it will undoubtedly be interesting in any case. Our destination will be Berrien county in southeast Michigan. Specifically, a site along the lakefront, and also Warren Woods, which is inland.

Warren Woods is a climax beech-maple forest, something we don't see on this side of Lake Michigan. It's 81 miles away from Jarvis, but as most of the drive is on expressways and tollways, it shouldn't take much longer that 1.5 hours. Bob Stephens has suggested another site along the lakefront nearby (the name of which I don't remember now), which we'll visit on the way back.

Apparently, the Michigan DNR is now requiring a "Recreation Passport" to visit state parks. It looks like it applies to vehicles, and is $10 - at least for Michigan residents. I'll find out more about that next week and revise this when I do. Please let me know if you're interested in the field trip, or if a different date would be better. Thanks!

Second, we'll be starting plant inventory days this year. Not workdays as such, these will be ad-hoc get-togethers when those who are interested will meet at Jarvis to identify (and log the locations of, in some cases) ALL the species of plants that are growing in our managed areas. We may try to do one this coming week, probably on either Wednesday or Thursday April 11th or 12th. Please contact me to let me know if you're interested in doing some botanizing then. We'll try to do this at least once per month through October.

Third, our seeds have arrived from the CPD, and I must say it was a bit of a surprise. I visited Jarvis yesterday (Friday the 6th) to discover a metal garbage can FULL of the seeds I requested - over 37 pounds! It's entirely composed of seeds of 13 graminoid species - grasses and sedges - which we really need more of in our understory. This also means that on our upcoming workday on April 14th, we'll need to plant them. So that's all we'll be doing - the garlic mustard will just have to wait until the 28th.

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