• William Rapai

Jack Pine Planting Day

Do something concrete to help the Kirtland's Warbler and learn more about the bird's relationship with its habitat on Saturday, May 3. We'll be gathering at 9 a.m. to plant jack pine trees to improve Kirtland's Warbler nesting habitat!

After a brief how-to lesson, we will split into two-person teams to plant trees. It's hard, dirty work but it's also some of the most rewarding work you can do. Imagine coming back to this spot seven years from now and seeing an endangered Kirtland's Warbler in a tree that you planted!

Wear sturdy boots and weather appropriate clothes. An early look at the weather forecast says it'll be mostly sunny. Temperatures will likely start in the upper 30s and rise into the high 50s by the time we are done. (In other words, wear layers you can easily take off.) Bring work/garden gloves if you have them. We will have extras available for use. All other tools you need will be provided. 

Here are the GPS coordinates for the planting site: 44.684083, -84.638526. (It's down an unnamed dirt road so it's probably not a good idea to wash your car on Friday...)

Coffee and morning snacks will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle; we'll have coolers for refills. We will have a portable toilet on site for use. For those interested, we will gather at Paddle Hard Brewing for a tasty lunch after the planting is complete. Paddle Hard is a restaurant and microbrewery at 227 Michigan Ave. in downtown Grayling. They've generously offered a $9 deal for an entree and beer/wine/soda for all volunteers. Come dirty, leave happy! 

We need you to RSVP with our partner Huron Pines. Please call 989-448-2293 during normal business hours.

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