Fall 2007
Vol. 15 No. 3
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."- Rachel Carson

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Thank you, 2007 Donors

Scouting Activities at the Nature Center


A Season is Ending

Did You Know?

Nature Area Bird Surveys

Membership Survey

Rachel Carson

Newletter Sponsor

Upcoming Events...

November 3
Annual Meeting
Centennial Farm

December 22
Christmas Bird Count

9:00AM to 11:00 AM
Nature Area
COST $3.00
Chili Luncheon served
Call rec. dept. at (734) 675-2354

Nature Area Closed
November, 2007 to April, 2008

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A Season is Ending
by Margarete Hasserodt

We have to say good-bye for a while and hope to see each other at the Nature Area next spring. It was a pleasant 6 months (May-October) for all who found the time to volunteer. The increasing number of visitors was very encouraging. As it turned out, many people came a few times during the season to look at the changes in nature. The benches along the Seaplane road are a success. Together with their parents some little children have carried a backpack with snacks and learn to sit still and view the egrets, swans and Great Blue Herons looking for food in the bay. So many dragonflies now hover above the meadow like little helicopters. They don't have to fear the birds, feeding their young, anymore. There is so much to explore and see!

It is now time for me to thank everyone who has helped to make this year a success:

The hosts and hostesses who watched the welcome station.

  • Barb Kuhn, Tom Luley with their volunteers from the Presbyterian Church, who did the spring clean up.
  • Ross Schmaeman visited his 2004 Eagle Scout project, the Native American Fire Council Ring, and weeded around the fire pit. (This area turned out to be a wonderful place for story telling.)
  • Paul and Karen ,Julian, who stopped by one Saturday and requested work assignments. Both are so content to "garden" and we love to admire their accomplishments.
  • The Airport Maintenance Staff, who mows the main trail, whenever their time allows and they are in the neighborhood. This department provides the wood chips for all the trails
  • Jim Bintinger painted a picture of the American Lotus at Gibraltar Bay and wishes to donate it to the Conservancy. It will be available at the annual meeting.

I only hope, I have not omitted anyone, because we all are very grateful for the community help. This place would not be as it is, without YOU!

Spring and fall are the best time of the year to work at the Nature Area. May we count on you again in 2008? The conservancy is also pleased about the response to our questionnaire in the last newsletter. Be assured, we will contact you!

Wishing you a safe winter, enjoy the long awaited travels and stay healthy.