Fall 2010
Vol. 18 No. 2
"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain." - Henry David Thoreau

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Hennepin Marsh Tire Clean Up

Past Conservationists of the Year Caught on Film Doing More Good Works

Summer Camp Visitors

Gray's Drive Pothole Project

Fall Update on the Intrepid Pond at Commerce Park

Local Organization and Venerable Giant Company Coopoerate on Grosse Ile Environmental Enhancement Project

In the News from Around the State & World Wide Web

Membership Renewal

GINLC Logo Items for Sale

Gibraltar Bay Unit & Nature Area Status

Memorials and Honors
Corporate and Major Sponsors

Earth Day

Land Acquisition

Board Update

New Board Members Needed

Upcoming Events...

Fall Property Clean-Up / Dump the Junk
Meet at Nature Area
East River Road
Saturday, October 16
9AM - Noon, 1-4PM
Sunday, October 17

Nature Area Reopens & Refuge-Gibraltar Bay Unit Ceremony
Saturday, October 23

Saturday November 6
Annual Membership Meeting
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Centennial Farm
Recreation Building
Continental Breakfast
Guest Speaker:
Marcy Sieggreen, Detroit Zoo
"SE MI Amphibians & the Grosse Ile Survey"

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Earth Day Celebration

Our annual Earth Day Celebration was held at Centennial Farm on April 24. Local girl scouts organized another successful Bring One - Take One Toy Exchange. This year we added a book exchange as well.

Bring One Take One Toy Exchange at the Earth Day Celebration
photo by Liz Hugel

Tracey Gaudette, our local organic "Farm girl" and Island Gold producer came with her busy beehives and the kids were fascinated watching, listening, and learning.

Busy Behive Activities
photo by Liz Hugel

Busy Behive Activities
photo by Liz Hugel

Liz Reckinger, Curator of Education at the Detroit Zoo stopped by to speak about amphibians and their sensitivity to pollutants in their environment. Unfortunately, there were no living tadpoles, mudpuppies, frogs or toads that could be found at the pond that day to augment her presentation.

Many thanks to those who volunteered to help and for the clean-up performed by the Dearborn Riverside Academy students at both the Centennial Farm Open Space and Conservancy property on Gregory.

2010 Photo Contest

Entries for our second annual Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest for middle and high school students were judged during the Earth Day event.

The contest encourages students to observe, appreciate and share nature's beauty. Cash awards were presented and the winning entries were on display at the OppGl Welcome Home! Center in May. You can find the gorgeous winning photos in full color here.

2010 Photo Contest Winners

2010 Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest
photo by Liz Hugel

Middle School
1st place - Frog in the Pond by Alissa Rhode
2nd place - Fresh Rain Drops, by Alex Korany

High School
1st place - A Calm Morning on Lake Desor, by Kathleen Hurley
2nd place - Summer No More, by Haley Falkowski
3rd place - Give Life A Chance, by Brandi Baldwin-Gat

People's Choice Awards (tie)
Calm Shores by Nour Khaled
Catching Some Rays by Christopher Ugorcak