Spring 2011
Vol. 19 No. 1

Spring is a natural resurrection, an experience in immortality -Henry David Thoreau

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Habitat for Learning

Celebration for the Gibraltar Bay Unit of the Detroit River International Refuge

Gibraltar Bay Fish Survey

Colina Grant

2010 GI Conservationist of the Year Award

Second Sundays at the Wildlife Refuge/Nature Area

Sunday at the Wildlife Refuge

Freshwater Futures Grant

Michigan Amphibians and Mudpuppies Survey

Annual Meeting

Honors & Recognitions

Lifetime Achievement Award

Stewardship Corner

Land Acquisition

Memorials & Honorariums


Small Machines - Big Polluters

Did you know?

Upcoming Events...

May 1
Earth Day

1PM to 4PM
Centennial Farm
Contact Liz Hugel

May 13
Habitat for Learning Workday
8AM to 4PM
Parke Lane Elementary
Contact Courtney Solenberger-McNeill

Nature Area Open
Every Sunday
1-4PM, May 8 to Oct. 30

May 15
Interpretive Nature Walk
1PM to 4PM
Nature Area
Contact Courtney Solenberger-McNeill

November 5
Annual Meeting
10AM to 11:30AM
Centennial Farm


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Habitat for Learning

With funds from the Colina Foundation and the Meyer Family Foundation, our Education Committee has embarked on a project to transform the underutilized enclosed courtyard at Parke Lane Elementary into a Habitat for Learning. Four planting beds will be assembled in the courtyard, attracting winged wildlife like butterflies, birds and insects. The children will have opportunities to grow vegetables and have a green outdoor space for reading, writing and activities.

Volunteer partners for this project include Annette Ader (teacher), Russ Boismier (contractor) and Erica Mesdahl (Westcroft Gardens). Each is organizing a vital Lifetime Achievement Award part of this project. Ader will be developing curriculum for bringing outdoor learning opportunities for the K-2 children and will coordinate school access and summer care of plants. Boismier is coordinating the construction of the beds and the plumbing so that water is available. Mesdahl is providing a planting plan. The Grosse Ile Garden Club will provide volunteers and food for our workday, Friday May 13th.

As part of the Ford Motor Better World Action Day we are also hoping to have volunteer workers from Ford to assist us with the construction and planting. Wheelbarrows are needed for transporting supplies through the school, so if you’re available to assist, please contact Courtney Solenberger-McNeill at 734-692-5007 or email .