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Registration is open for Jack Pine Planting Day

Updated: Apr 27

Join us on Saturday, May 7, to help plant two acres - some 2,400 trees - create new nesting habitat for the Kirtland's Warbler. Here's the registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WieNdGxLmkIjg1pKs9v_h-ziU8kCusikZe07h_zLXGg/edit


This year we will be joined by joined by volunteers from Michigan United Conservation Clubs and students in the Pathways Program at Kirtland Community College - and maybe others. (The event is sponsored by Ajax Paving. The next time you are on a smooth section of I-75, thank Ajax!)


The location is on the north side of Refuge Road, approximately one mile east of North Saint Helen Road. If it's easier for you, here are the coordinates: 44.408984,-84.390172.


Show up at 9 a.m. for coffee and donuts. We'll be giving a brief tree planting lesson starting about 9:15 a.m. and then we'll spread out and start planting. It's a couple hours of hard work, but imagine the satisfaction of coming back to this spot in six years and seeing a Kirtland's Warbler singing from a jack pine tree you planted!


We'll be providing lunch, snacks and water. And since the first Kirtland's Warblers usually arrive on their breeding grounds that same week, we'll hold an impromptu Kirtland's tour before going our separate ways.


MANY THANKS to our event sponsor, Ajax Industries, for their generosity!


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