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Stream Team Stream Team members help monitor water quality in our streams and rivers by collecting and identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates. It’s a fun activity for families, educators or individuals. Monitoring general takes place in the spring and fall. Additional dates may be added as educational events, where we welcome volunteers to teach alongside staff. Interested in learning more? Join us for a March 23rd introductory workshop, May 20 streamside event, or May 23 identification events. Details of these events are posted on our Workshops Page.
Join Pollinator Club. Learn more about pollinators, their role and the native plants they need to survive. This summer, we’ll feature guest speakers and garden tours to learn more about these economical and ecologist important insects. Check out Workshop page for our upcoming sessions.
Trails and Gardens Missaukee Conservation District maintains a trail system and native plant demonstration gardens at our Lake City headquarters. We are always in need to gardeners to help maintain these trails. We are also currently seeking grants to refurbish several garden spots and add educational components throughout the trail system.
Learn about Invasive species and report them using the MISIN smart phone app. Learn more at this link. We have staff available to teach your business, lake association or organization about the threat invasive species pose and how to best eradicate them.
KEEPING MISSAUKEE CLEAN Missaukee Conservation District, in partnership with CleanForests.org, identified 2 public land sites within the county that are illegally being used as dump sites. This degrades hunting and fishing habitat, poses a hazard to hikers and wildlife and is an eye sore. The first site, Lake City School Forest, was cleaned May 14, 2016. We collected 20+ yards of trash including a hot tub, couches, tires, mattresses, tub, and just plain trash. May 21, 2016 we cleaned 2 sites at Cadillac Pathways. A 30-yard dumpster was filled to the brim with 75 tires, electronics, mattresses, couches, and just plain trash.
WORKSHOPS feature a variety of topics on composting, gardening, wildlife, agriculture and forestry. Visit Workshops page for details. Interested in a special topic? Contact our office for topic requests. Pictured here is Recycling and Compost Educator Becky Bode discussing composting using worms.
SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS are conducted by our staff and volunteers. They are available to present workshops and classes to K-12 and adult audiences. Call for details and topics. Pictured here is our Conservation Educator Laura Quist with 1st graders from McBain Elementary playing a game to demonstrate how bats use echolocation to find their insect prey!
Community Garden/Pollinator Habitat Planning Session was held Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Missaukee Conservation District, 6180 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City
Meeting Goal: Develop the master plan for installation, use, and on-going maintenance of the trail and gardens.
Missaukee Conservation District held a community meeting to discuss updates to the gardens and trails behind our offices on Sanborn Road. Originally installed 12 years ago, it’s time to give the gardens a bit of a facelift! Recognized as a certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation, the demonstration gardens attract many types of wildlife and showcase native plants of our region. Over the years, the original diversity of plantings has died out, and some weeds have taken over. The garden is in need of some tender love and care, and renewed interest in its long-term maintenance. We invite community groups, clubs, and families to “adopt” a garden plot and help bring conservation education to life! Work alongside staff and other volunteers, choosing plants for wildlife, or perhaps helping create some demonstration compost stations.
The goal of this meeting was to develop a master plan for installation, use, and on-going maintenance of the trail and gardens. Anyone with an interest in using the trails is welcome to attend. It’s an ideal project for families, scout groups, school or church groups, garden club members, and wildlife enthusiasts. This is an approved Master Gardener project.
Adopting a garden plot gets the community involved and allows our conservation educators to show children and adults the importance of native plants in the landscape. This project receives no funding from the county. All work will be done through grant funding, volunteer labor, and private donations. Part of the new project will feature a habitat for the Monarch Butterfly. Lake City Middle and High School are partnering with Missaukee Conservation District to create a Monarch WayStation. These Monarch habitats include a mix of milkweeds, perennials, and annuals that bloom spring through fall to provide continual food sources for both caterpillars and adults. This portion of the project is sponsored by a federal grant from Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks program and is 1 of only 20 selected gardens across the nation to receive this funding!
So join Missaukee Conservation District and Lake City Schools to improve our wildlife habitat gardens and help demonstrate a variety of landscaping practices!