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Annual Christmas Bird Count


By Ranger Steve Mueller

 

Join others for the Christmas Bird Count on 3 Jan 2015. Experienced birders will help identify about 60 species during the National Audubon, Michigan Audubon, and Grand Rapids Audubon Club sponsored Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the Wittenbach/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Education Center (WWC) across the road from Lowell High School.

We assemble at 7:30 a.m. and are searching various count circle sections by 8 a.m. Spend the morning or the whole day. There is no charge to participate but the National Audubon welcomes an optional donations. A lunch will also be provided for $5 for those that desire or people can brown bag their lunch.

This is my 28th year coordinating the Kent County event. Plan to discover birds in their winter nature niches and celebrate the diversity of life that abounds during the winter. About 60 people gather and divide into small groups to explore various areas with section leaders. The count area has a 7.5-mile radius surrounding the Honey Creek and Two Mile Roads intersection.

It is a mystery what species will arrive to compliment our regular winter residents. Some people are surprised that American Robins and Eastern Bluebirds are regulars each winter. Their primary winter diet is berries found in wetlands. Birds from more northern areas might arrive if food is scarce farther north or if weather is particularly harsh. Other species like the Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, and Song Sparrow might linger here instead of heading south if winter conditions are mild. Many species of waterfowl will be expected on open water.

The Grand Rapids Audubon Club and WWC invite families for this free family event for part or all day. Previous bird knowledge or experience is not necessary. To enhance a great birding experience we carpool. The WWC is located at 11715 Vergennes Rd across the street from Lowell High School. The co-sponsoring WWC has a great facility where you will see many live mounts of birds displayed. The hiking trails are open for hiking every day of the year. We hope to see you on January 3, 2015.

Come dressed in layers that can be removed or added as temperature changes. We are in and out of cars at many locations. Bring binoculars and bird books if you have them. People will share if you do not. Call me ahead of time with questions or just show up on count day.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433. 616-696-1753.

 

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Seed Swap at Wittenbach/Wege Center


All this warm weather we’ve been having lately is making our gardening thumbs twitch here at the The Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center in Lowell. As we plan our 2012 garden, we’ve noticed we have lots of unused seed that we don’t need. Are you in the same boat? Do you have lots of unused seed from summers past that you no longer have a need for? Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of your seed stash and acquire new seeds?

We will be hosting a seed swap on Sunday, April 1, from 2-3 p.m. here at the WWC. Bring out any seeds you have to swap. Seeds can be up to five years old but please don’t bring anything you know isn’t viable. Make sure all packets are labeled with the type and variety name (original packets are appreciated but not necessary). Even if you don’t have seeds to swap, come on out. The WWC will have heirloom and traditional varieties available for a small donation. For more information, please call 616-987-2565 or email Meggan Johnson at mjohnson@lowellschools.com.

 

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